Georgia would lose much of its famous stately charm without orchards, tree-lined paths, and other arboreal landscaping. If you are planning to plant trees in your yard, be sure you choose the right trees. Heat-tolerant trees will stay lush and green throughout the Georgian summer, so you can enjoy their shade and natural beauty from the comfort of your home.
Tree Varieties that Grow Well in Georgia
Georgians have dozens of tree varieties to choose from. If you haven’t planted trees before, start with one of these heat-tolerant, resilient, and attractive trees.
The cedar evergreen tree is famous worldwide for its beauty and fragrant wood. These hardy, drought-resistant trees give a Mediterranean feel but thrive in Southern U.S. climates. Fully grown, they can grow to be over 100 feet tall and live for centuries, if not longer.
The Southern Live Oak is the state tree of Georgia. Live oaks line the streets of Savannah and stand as symbols of might and endurance. They keep their leaves year-round and rapidly sprout lush green foliage. Be sure to plant live oaks at least 50 feet from any other trees and your home or garage, so the roots have room to spread out.
Georgia hosts many species of native pine trees. For example, the Longleaf Pine has dark green needles and tall, narrow trunks. They also resist wildfires and promote the development of rich ecosystems in forests and savanna.
If you have a sun-drenched property, add Crapemyrtles (or Crepemyrtles) that are a perfect fit for the Southern sun. They produce striking blooms in May and June.
Be sure to plant Crapemyrtle trees in full sun to keep them healthy. Experts recommend planting Crapemyrtles just before the fall.
Poplar trees are ideal for nice shade. The Poplar is a fast-growing, flowering tree that produces distinctive, drooping flower clusters. In addition, they reduce soil erosion and protect ecosystems.
As with oaks, you need to leave enough space between the tree and your house foundation to prevent root damage.
Should I Grow Peach Trees?
Georgia’s peach trees are iconic, but should you be cautious about planting one on your lawn. They can be more temperamental than the other trees on this list.
If you grow peach trees, take care to protect them from disease and flooding. However, they are heat-tolerant trees and should do well in the Georgian sun and breeze.
Summer Tree Projects with Empire Tree
Empire Tree is the leading tree maintenance company in the Augusta, GA, area. We have over three decades of experience helping homeowners with their tree removal or maintenance projects.
We look forward to helping you with your trees. Call Empire Tree at (706) 607-5801 to speak with an experienced arborist. Ask about our tree removal, stump removal, and other wound repair services.