Types Of Zone 7 Shade Trees – Tips On Choosing Trees For Zone 7 Shade

Types Of Zone 7 Shade Trees – Tips On Choosing Trees For Zone 7 Shade

By: Teo Spengler

If you say you want to plant shade trees in zone 7, you may be looking for trees that create cool shade beneath their spreading canopies. Or you may have an area in your backyard that doesn’t get direct sun and require something suitable to put there. Regardless of which shade trees for zone 7 you seek, you’ll have your pick of deciduous and evergreen varieties. Read on for suggestions for zone 7 shade trees.

Growing Shade Trees in Zone 7

Zone 7 may have nippy winters, but summers can be sunny and hot. Homeowners looking for a little backyard shade might think about planting zone 7 shade trees. When you want a shade tree, you want it yesterday. That’s why it’s wise to consider relatively fast-growing trees when you are selecting trees for zone 7 shade.

Nothing is quite as impressive or solid as an oak tree, and those with wide canopies create beautiful summer shade. Northern red oak (Quercus rubra) is a classic choice for USDA zones 5 through 9, as long as you live in an area that does not have sudden oak death disease. In areas that do, your better oak choice is Valley oak (Quercus lobata) which shoots up to 75 feet (22.86 m.) tall and wide in full sun in zones 6 through 11. Or opt for Freeman maple (Acer x freemanii), offering a broad, shade-creating crown and gorgeous fall color in zones 4 through 7.

For evergreen shade trees in zone 7, you can’t do better than Eastern white pine (Pinus strobus) that grows happily in zones 4 through 9. Its soft needles are blue-green and, as it ages, it develops a crown up to 20 feet (6 m.) wide.

Trees for Zone 7 Shade Areas

If you are looking to plant some trees in a shaded area in your garden or backyard, here are a few to consider. Trees for zone 7 shade in this instance are those that tolerate shade and even thrive in it.

Many of the shade tolerant trees for this zone are smaller trees that normally grow in the understory of the forest. They will do best in dappled shade, or a site with morning sun and afternoon shade.

These include the beautiful ornamental Japanese maples (Acer palmatum) with brilliant fall colors, flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) with its abundant flowers, and species of holly (Ilex spp.), offering shiny leaves and bright berries.

For deep shade trees in zone 7, consider American hornbeam (Carpinus carolina), Allegheny serviceberry (Allegheny laevis) or pawpaw (Asimina triloba).

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7 Types of Fast-Growing Shade Trees

If you're in a hurry to provide shade for your home or an outdoor living area, you'll want to plant a few fast-growing shade trees, which boast the height and/or canopy needed to protect your lawn or home from the sun. The good news: There are plenty of options out there, ranging from blooming beauties to foliage stars that come alive each autumn. These picks all grow at least a foot or more a year and will not only provide you with a shady retreat quickly but will also add a dose of visual interest to your landscape.

Shade Gardening Plants – Zone 7

Shade Gardening for Zone 7 Plants – Partial Shade & Full Shade

This is a full list of shade plants that will survive a Zone 7 hardiness gardening zone. Each plant contains two links providing growing information, watering needs, flower color, and when it blooms. Enjoy our photos.

Additional Shade plants based on the gardening zone.

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John Perry

hi – I’m a geologist – live in DC (zone 7b) –

1. have a small southern facing plot (56 x 56 inches) of white roses and would like to surround them with a colorful fragrant plant that can tolerate / thrive full sun –

2. have a very small backyard patio with a towering elegant crepe myrtle (on the north side of a 3 story townhouse) providing filtered / non-direct sun underneath with several white dwarf azaleas – would also like a colorful fragrant plant since both the back patio screen doors and front screen door provide a cross draft –

any help would be most appreciated –

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American Hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana)

The wood of the American hornbeam is quite strong, inspiring the common name of ironwood. Hornbeam also refers to the wood strength since "beam" is a name for a tree in the Old English language. This tree features a fluted, gray trunk with green catkins appearing in spring. Clusters of winged nuts are produced in autumn as the leaves turn orange and red. The flowers are also useful and are included as a component of the alternative medicine therapy called Bach Flower Remedies.

  • USDA Zones: 3 to 9
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun to full shade
  • Height: 30 feet
  • Soil Needs: Moist/wet and acidic

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