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Curb Appeal: How Trees Can Increase Your Home Value


When you plant trees, you’re not just beautifying your landscape — you’re also investing in your property value anywhere from 7-19% (source);  this study from the University of Michigan states that for every $1 you invest in landscaping your yard, you’ll see a 109% return in home value!  

autumn blaze maple tree

Autumn Blaze Maples present brilliant color and act as a statement piece for your yard

Homes with well-landscaped yards and beautifully-grown trees offer “curb appeal” to buyers, impressing them before they ever walk through the front door. Indeed, aesthetics play a huge role in emphasizing or detracting from the curb appeal. For example, if you have, say, a striking Autumn Blaze Maple displayed prominently in your yard, buyers will fall in love with its gorgeous leaves and colors. But it’s not just about the beauty factor — there are other reasons that trees can increase your home value.

Privacy

With more home developments than ever (and houses getting closer and closer together), privacy is a huge value for buyers that can be achieved with the right types of trees. Here are a few of our favorite privacy trees:

thuja green giant privacy low maintenanceThuja Green Giant

A vigorously-growing, pyramidal evergreen, the Thuja Green Giant will add a lush, green privacy screen to your yard in no time! This tree is very fast growing… up to 3-5 feet per year once roots establish.

italian cypress fast growing privacy trees

Italian Cypress

One of the more lush privacy trees, the Italian Cypress takes on a narrow, columnar form and tidy, well-groomed appearance without any pruning, making it a unique low-maintenance evergreen.

cryptomeria radicans

Cryptomeria Radicans

Few privacy trees offer the enchanting look of the Cryptomeria Radicans. This awe-inspiring, breathtaking privacy screen grows fast (12-16 feet within 5 years of planting!) and features foliage that is exceptionally dense, dark green and feathery, therefore offering good contrast to its blue-leafed evergreens

Shade (and Energy Cost Savings)

Thank you, Mother Earth, for providing free solar energy and electric bill cost savings via great shade trees! Potential buyers will definitely appreciate the role of shade trees on your property. We love these shade trees for home value:

Nuttall Oak

This easy-to-grow oak is perfect as a beautiful, low- maintenance shade tree that grows up to 60-80 feet! It’s acorns are also known to attract wildlife, like ducks and deer.

kanza pecanKanza Pecan Tree

Incredibly disease-resistant and cold-tolerant, this gorgeous pecan tree yields delicious pecans while also providing shade. That’s what we call a win, win! Any of our pecan trees are a great choice to add curb appeal to your home!

Note: Maintain Trees Year-Round

dead tree

To check if your tree is dead or alive do a bark scratch test! Dead trees have brown under the bark, if it’s green it’s ALIVE!

It probably goes without saying that if you have dying or dead trees and are trying to sell your home, then you need to get rid of those trees immediately. Not only are they an eyesore, but they also detract from home value based on the potential dangers they pose. If you’re interested in planting trees for home value, then you’ll also need to ensure that you maintain them well throughout the various seasons, based on where you live. If you need some tips for winterizing trees, check out this blog.

Want to chat with us about the best trees for home value at your house? We’d love to help! Proper planning for this long-term investment is key, and our plant experts can help you determine which trees will offer the most return on your investment. Simply contact us and let us know how we can help!

Check out our other blog post on curb appeal!

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