Trees are a beautiful addition to any landscaping project, but sometimes, they can add a mess to your yard. They drop flowers, leaves, pods, and needles, causing more of a cleanup problem than a lovely part of your environment.
The good news is there are beautiful trees that will leave less of a mess than others. You could add these trees to your scenic landscape without adding a lot of cleanup as well. Here are the five least messy trees for you to plant in your Oregon Coast yard.
Flowering dogwood trees are not only low-maintenance trees, but they are great shade trees as well. They are a popular choice for homeowners to choose, as these trees will add beautiful pops of color to your yard. These gorgeous, deciduous trees flower in the early spring, in shades of pink, white, and red, and their deep green leaves fade to a stunning crimson in the fall.
Flowering dogwood trees are on the smaller side, reaching a maximum height of 15 to 25 feet, and can spread about 25 to 30 feet wide, depending on the type. Due to this size, many people plant them about 20 feet apart to prevent neighbors or people walking on the street from seeing into their yards, using them like a privacy hedge.
These trees should be planted in an area that gets full to partial sunlight. The soil should be well-drained.
Arborvitae trees are another great tree for your yard that will leave little to no mess. These evergreen trees come in several varieties, but one of the most popular for Oregon yards is the emerald arborvitae.
They are great as privacy trees, as they are very thick and grow in a pyramid shape. They reach heights of 15 feet high and 4 feet wide. If you want to utilize them as privacy hedges, they should be planted about two to three feet apart. Due to their shape, they also are great entryway décor trees—you can have one on each side of your front door to make a nice entranceway.
Emerald arborvitae trees should be planted in an area that gets full to partial sunlight and can survive in different soil conditions. They are not only low maintenance, but they’re also resistant to both ice and frost, so you won’t have to worry about protecting them in the colder winter months.
Japanese maple trees are a stunning addition to any landscape. They come in a variety of colors, with lacy leaves in a rainbow of shades from pale green to deep dramatic burgundy. They are fantastic in containers as well. They are slow to grow and perfect for those areas in your landscaping where you need a little something, literally. Even their bare branches are sculpturally gorgeous, especially after the dramatic show these little trees put on in the fall.
These trees can reach heights of 15 to 25 feet and widths of about 20 feet, but some are naturally dwarf-sized, and only reach 5 feet tall and a few feet wide.
Japanese maple trees should be planted in an area that receives full sun to partial shade. The soil should be acidic, loamy, and well-drained, but it does have some drought tolerance. The larger versions grow in a rounded shape, but some smaller versions grow wider and flatter.
Spruce trees are a common choice for landscaping. Spruce trees are typically low maintenance, especially the Colorado blue spruce, which rarely sheds its needles and only produces cones when it reaches maturity. As the name suggests, these trees have a beautiful blue hue that will be a focal point in your yard. This is the same type of tree that’s planted on the south lawn of the White House.
At maturity, Colorado blue spruce trees can reach heights of 50 to 75 feet and widths of 10 to 20 feet. They should be planted in an area that gets full sun. These trees can adapt to various soil types, such as loamy, acidic, and well-drained. It has a moderate tolerance to drought and flooding.
American hornbeam trees are medium-sized members of the birch family and don’t give off much mess. Their beautiful blue-gray bark, especially visible in the winter months, will be a fabulous addition to your yard. These trees grow in a rounded shape and have ridged green leaves that turn an eye-catching yellow and then a stunning red during the fall months. It’s also resistant to most diseases and pests, making maintenance minimal.
American hornbeam trees should be planted in a part of your yard that gets part shade to full shade. The soil should be fertile, moist, and well-draining. At maturity, they can reach heights of 20 to 35 feet tall and widths of about 20 to 25 feet.
If you are looking to minimize the cleanup in your yard as much as possible, it’s a good idea to stay away from certain types of trees altogether. Sweetgum trees, northern catalpa trees, and eastern white pine trees are all types of trees that will leave you with extra yard work.
As you can see, there are options if you would like to plant new trees but don’t want the extra work that comes with maintaining them and cleaning up after them. The trees we have listed are just a few of the least messy trees for your Oregon coast yard.
If there is a type of tree you are considering planting that we did not cover, it’s a great idea to talk to an expert first before you plant it. At Vernon Imel, we know how to find the best trees for your Oregon coast yard and help you maintain them. We’re happy to share our knowledge with you and make sure your yard is as mess-free as possible.