If your land is sloped and you want to plant trees, you need to be careful about the types of trees you choose to plant. Not all trees have strong enough root systems to handle growing on sloped land. Choose the wrong type of tree, and it may not survive at all – or it may grow in a crooked shape. Here's a look at three types of trees that do grow well on sloped land.
If you're looking for a small tree to plant on your slope, the Kilmarnock willow is a great choice. It reaches about 6 feet in height when mature and sports yellow flowers in the spring. It has weeping branches, similar to those or larger weeping willows. Its foliage is blue-green to dark green in color.
The Kilmarnock willow is exceptionally tolerant of most any growing conditions, not limited to slopes. It will grow in most any soil pH between 4.5 and 8.0, and will tolerate sandy soils, too. It grows best in full sunlight, but may grow with fewer blooms in the shade. Its one strict requirement is that the soil around it stays moist – it won't tolerate drought.
If you're looking for a popular yet stunning medium-sized tree, the red maple is a good choice for your sloped yard. In the late fall, its leaves turn a bright red before falling to the ground. Its twigs also have a reddish tint. Red maples have broad, lobed leaves and release fruits commonly referred to as "helicopter seeds" that will attract wildlife to your yard. They reach about 60 – 90 feet in height.
Red maples are often seen growing on slopes in nature, and they'll do well if planted on a slope, too. They grow best in moist, acidic soils, but will tolerate drier soils. Their leaves will be less vibrant in color if the soil is too alkaline.
A round tree known for its shade qualities and fast growth, the honey-locust is an incredibly tolerant species that does well in populated urban areas. It can reach up to 70 feet tall and 70 feet wide, growing an amazing 24 feet per year. Its leaves are light green and about 8 inches long.
Honey-locust trees grow very strong root systems that anchor them into sloped ground. They prefer full sunlight and can thrive in both moist and dry sites. These trees do release seed pods that can be a pain to clean up. However, they're likely worth the effort if you're looking for a remarkably fast-growing tree for your sloped land. Contact a landscaping company like Martin Landscaping for more information.
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