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What kind of tree is good leafy and colorful tree to put on front lawn for shade?

I need a tree for cooling off my home in summertime. I live on west coast. What tree would grow fast and give me the maximum coverage to sufficiently cool my house off during summer months?
I used to have a huge Ficus Tree, but had to have it removed because it was breaking up the sidewalk and also ruining my patio in my yard. I have heard it can also go into the pipes as well and clog things up.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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2 Responses to “What kind of tree is good leafy and colorful tree to put on front lawn for shade?”

  1. Ian said :

    A good suggestion would be a sycamore tree. They grow at a decent rate and are attractive. I have 5 or 6 in my front yard and they give good shade in the summer (I also live on the west coast). Western Red-buds also grow fairly quickly, and have beautifully shaped leaves.

    You could also try an oak tree, but they grow fairly slowly.

    Talk to your local nursery and see if they have any suggestions.

  2. Beulah said :

    It will take time for any tree to grow, and once they are mature the roots can cause problems. I have planted a couple of maples as shade trees, as they are quite fast growing. So are poplars, english walnut and Eucalyptus.

    Hope this helps



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