With April being Earth month and the actual Earth Day right around the corner, we have compiled a list of the top 3 trees to plant for Earth Day 2021. Trees of all kinds can be planted to enjoy for many years to come. Maybe you prefer flowering trees for their yearly blooms which invite pollinators such as bees and butterflies into your yard or maybe you like fruit trees for their ability to provide food for the human population and wildlife community. Another great option to plant are privacy trees that help to establish tranquility in the landscape and a retreat from society or your neighbors.
Whatever type of tree you decide you plant, just remember the following information in honor of Mother Earth.
Top 4 Reasons to Plant a Tree Today in Honor of Earth Day:
1. Trees color our world with beautiful foliage and flowering blossoms
2. Trees filter pollution from the air & recycle water into the environment
3. Certain trees produce edible food for humans & animals
4. Trees create shade and increase your home value
You can read more information about the benefits of planting trees here.
Top Trees to Plant for Earth Day
Thuja Green Giant is known for its fast growing habit, dark green foliage that stays evergreen all year long, and mega pest & disease resistance — this tree is the package deal when it comes to privacy trees. Thuja Standishii x plicata ‘Green Giant’ is just that, a literal giant in nature! Reaching mature heights of 20-40 feet tall and widths of 12-20 feet, Thuja can make a serious impact in your landscape.
Not only does it offer evergreen privacy functions, but it also acts as a windbreak to help protect your home. With thick evergreen needles that can form a large hedge and growth rates of up to 3-5 feet per year once established — we love the Thuja Green Giant Tree for how easy it is to grow and the versatile character you see when it’s growing.
Next up on our list of top trees for Earth Day is the Bonfire Patio Peach Tree! One of the newest additions to the Perfect Plants Nursery collection, this dwarf peach tree is perfect for home gardeners without much space in their yards. You can plant this tree into the garden as a small specimen tree and it only gets up to 6 feet tall and wide. Optionally for gardeners without large spaces to grow in, this is the ideal dwarf tree to keep planted in a container on your patio or back porch.
As long as the Bonfire Peach tree is getting 4-6 hours of full sun a day, you will still get to grow juicy peaches to enjoy and pick right from the tree. What’s even more unique about this peach variety is that it has striking burgundy foliage that lines the branches to put on a showy display of color. Plant a Bonfire Dwarf Peach tree this Earth Day & pick peaches within 1-3 years!
The Bald Cypress Tree is known for being a native tree to the United States that grows alongside river banks, lakes, or streams. A lover of natural waterways and a great choice if you have moist or wet soil that needs help drying out. The most common characteristic you may notice is the knobby knees that grow near the tree’s base and act as aerial roots.
One of the amazing things about the Bald Cypress is that it’s extremely cold hardy and can grow from USDA zones 4-10 in just about any climate. It’s not picky about soil type and will adapt to the planting site that you choose for it. With bright green needles that last through fall, this fast growing cypress tree also exhibits gorgeous fall colors as the green leaves change from shades of oranges and reds until they fall to the ground during winter.
A common quote we like to say to our gardening friends is “the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the second best time is now!” We hope you celebrate Earth Day 2021 by planting trees outside in nature & enjoy the time you spend with these literal living & breathing giants. Trees can teach us all a lot about patience and about the power of the environment.