Most homeowners take great pride in how their front lawns look. Front yards are usually the first thing people see when they pull up to a house. It gives a first impression of what the owner or occupant is like. Is it well-kept or overrun? Is there a garden, or are there a lot of trees?
The front lawn’s landscaping gives a bit of insight into a homeowner’s personal taste. It shows whether they are a nature lover or perhaps into sports or outdoor activities.
Additionally, front lawns serve a practical function. The landscaping can be designed to give privacy or add shade to a property.
Trees play an important role in a front lawn because they can cool a house and provide some natural beauty for the neighborhood. When homeowners install trees in the lawn, there are a lot of options. It can be daunting to choose trees.
A lot of homeowners can only see what’s in front of them when they buy. It’s hard for them to envision what the trees will look like years or even decades down the road as they grow.
Recent landscaping trends lean towards the mid-sized trees that is perfect for a front lawn. Mid-sized trees typically refer to trees that grow to less than 40 feet tall. With mid-sized trees, homeowners don’t have to worry about whether the tree will one day present a falling danger to the house.
There’s less concern over root growth tearing up streets and sidewalks. Midsized trees a great because they can fit in most lawns, give great shade, and there are some lovely treey types for every yard.
Here’s a quick breakdown of some of the best mid-sized trees that look fantastic in a front lawn.
Bloodgood Japanese Maple Trees
Bloodgood Japanese Maple Trees are perfect for homes that want a popping front yard with lots of different colors. This Maple always stands out because of its vibrant red leaves that pop amongst the greens all year round.
It’s not a large tree, it usually only gets to about 20 feet tall, but it’s perfect when mixed in with landscaping of varying shapes and sizes. The Bloodgood Japanese Maple is also resilient. They do well in shaded areas where some other breeds may struggle to grow.
Brandywine Maple Trees
Sticking with the maple tree theme, the Brandywine Maple is known for its stunning red foliage. One of the best things about this tree is that it has only male seeds. They show up in the Spring, and because they’re all male there are no seeds all over the place that need raking.
They look best in the fall when their red-purple leaves really stand out. These trees grow to about 25 feet tall and are great for homeowners who want some shade in the front lawn but don’t want towering trees covering up views of the house.
Weeping Cherry Trees
People from all over the country and the world flock to Washington D.C. each year for the cherry blossom festival. The beautiful blossoms are a hotspot for selfies and family pictures because of their beauty that last only a few weeks a year.
The good news is that every homeowner can have exquisite cherry blossoms in their own front yards. The Weeping Cherry tree is a stunning tree that grows to about 25 feet tall. Its branches flow downward, and when blossoms emerge, they’re sure to be the talk of the neighborhood.
These trees bloom in the spring and give owners a feeling of new life and beginnings synonymous with the season.
California Nutmeg Trees
California Nutmeg trees are perfect mid-sized trees for people looking for increased privacy. They have deep green foliage that offers a decent amount of shade. Many properties use these trees to prevent deer or other animals from entering the front yard. They grown in the shape of a cone and have low canopies, so they’re easy to navigate around to do lawn work like edging or mowing. Most houses will likely want a few or more of these in the yard. They grow best in places with a bit of shade a moist soil.
People love peppermint trees because they’re very durable in hotter climates and give good shade. These trees can get up to 35 feet tall and grow around a couple of feet each year.
Peppermint trees are also very robust; they do well in wet or dry soil and can grow in shaded areas or under direct sun. Diyza gives some great advice on ways to upgrade your curb appeal. They produce lovely white flowers during the summers, so work well in yards that want something blooming in more than one season.
Callery Pear Trees
Callery Pear trees are less common, so these beauties will really make a statement on a well thought out front lawn. Callery Pears grow very quickly.
People who use these trees enjoy fast results when they’re looking to build out landscape design. They also grow to the upper end of the mid-sized range at around 40 feet tall.
Redbuds are a versatile breed of a tree that sprout pink flowers in the spring. When the flowers fall off, owners are left looking at striking heart-shaped leaves that shift into a great yellow shade in the fall.
These trees grow to around 25 or 30 feet tall, so they give a good amount of shade but won’t overpower the rest of the lawn.
We’re including a wider category of trees here because citrus trees check off a lot of the mid-sized benefits. Whether you’re a lemon, apricot or orange lover, citrus trees come in a nice medium size with the added bonus of giving off fruit each year.
Nature lovers enjoy having fruiting trees in their front lawns. Going out to examine and eventually pick the citrus fruit off the branches becomes family ritual children and adults appreciate every year.
It’s a great way to add some activity to a beautiful front lawn. The fruit can be given to friends or used to bake something nice for the block.