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5 Low-Maintenance Trees for Your Yard


Taking care of trees can be hard work. If you neglect to water them during hotter temperatures, they may suffer damage from the heat. If you mulch too close to the base of the tree, you may restrict their ability to take in water. There are countless things to keep in mind when it comes to tree health. And with so many varieties of trees to choose from, it makes sense that some are more difficult to maintain than others. That’s why it’s better for some people to have trees that require significantly less work.

Not everyone has a green thumb, but that doesn’t mean you can’t own a backyard that’s full of lush vegetation. There are still options for people who want the beautiful yard but don’t want to be checking up on their trees all the time. Picking low-maintenance trees is a good way to ensure you can create the kind of yard you’ve always dreamt of, without needing to become a professional gardener to do it.

So where do you start when looking for the perfect low-maintenance tree? Asking professionals is a good place. We’ve created a list of five trees that will be the perfect balance between pro and novice in terms of maintenance. These options require very little maintenance and can add a pop of color or a great fence-like feature to your yard. Whether placed behind or in front of your house, these trees will be a perfect low-maintenance addition to any yard.

Green Giant Arborvitae

There’s a good chance you’ve seen this type of tree before. They often line the property of yards in the suburbs. The green giant arborvitae is dark green in color and cone-shaped. Most people buy many and plant them very close to each other. It’s a popular choice for people looking to section off an area, as it acts and appears very much like a fence. It’s a great option for a yard if you’re looking to create a barrier for a portion of your yard or to establish a property line or install a privacy fence.

One of the best things about the green giant arborvitae is how durable it is. Once established, it’s generally drought-tolerant, resistant to wind, and able to bear snow and colder weather. Their growth rate can be as impressive as 24 inches a year, so don’t be afraid to buy these trees when they aren’t fully mature. When they do reach maturity, they can reach up to 50 to 60 feet tall.

Japanese Maple


How would you like to have a tree that reminds you of fall all year long? Or a tree that stays low to the ground, more like a shrub? The Japanese maple may be a good choice for you. The red Japanese maple is a great choice for fall lovers because its leaves switch from deep or bright reds to orange colors throughout the year. Other forms of Japanese maple sit lower to the ground, almost like a bush, and have dark red or purple leaves. Most of these trees are generally small and easy to maintain without a ladder. It’s a perfect ornamental tree that looks good in the front yard.


Dogwood trees are one of the most popular trees for yards. They have thin trunks, but their branches spread out to over 25 feet, which makes them great accent or ornamental trees. These trees are known to pop with their flowers in early spring and are a great way to put the cold of winter behind you and get excited for spring to arrive. Many are conveniently low branching so they’re easy to access from the ground or with a small ladder.

Dogwood trees come in over 30 species and can vary from having bright pink flowers to clean white flowers. The cloud 9 dogwood tree is known for its horizontal branches and globe shape. The Japanese dogwood trees are good for their tolerance to drought conditions. With so many varieties, it should be easy to find the perfect dogwood tree to add to your yard.

Saucer Magnolia

The saucer magnolia is another small, low-branched tree to add to your yard. This hybrid plant can have a spread of up to 30 feet, and the flowers will have people stopping at your yard to linger in their beauty. Its branches display flowers that really do resemble saucers in shape. They are usually pink or dark purple on the outside with white interiors. When it’s not showing off with its flowers, this tree stays neutral with dark green leaves. The saucer magnolia is also tolerant to pollution, loves the sun, and can grow up to 30 feet tall.

Silver Maple

The silver maple is a good low-maintenance tree because it is naturally fast-growing. At maturity, it can grow up to 80 feet tall, so it’s a great option for creating shade in a backyard. The green leaves have a silvery underside and are about three to six inches long. The silver maple also has the possibility to become a great climbing tree for kids, as its trunk is wide, and its sturdy branches start pretty low to the ground.

Its robust root system makes for a healthy tree, and as long as it’s planted around 10 feet away from sidewalks, sewer lines, and driveways, you’ll be in good shape. They are tolerant of a variety of soil conditions and are moderately tolerant of drought and flooding conditions.

Hopefully, this has given you some great ideas for a tree addition to your backyard. Buying a low-maintenance tree is a great investment that you and your family can enjoy for years to come. Still, despite your best efforts to pick low-maintenance trees, all trees are susceptible to damage or other unforeseen circumstances. That’s why it’s a good idea to have a good tree service company on your radar. For issues like tree removal, pruning, or stump grinding, companies like Vernon Imel Tree Service are there to make sure your yard stays beautiful and safe.