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7 Trees That Will Make Your House Look Expensive

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Written By Lyrae Willis

Environmental Scientist & Plant Ecologist

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Planting trees will make your house look more expensive, boosting your property value and your pride in your home.

However, it’s important to choose trees that are not only attractive but also low-maintenance, non-invasive, and well-adapted to your USDA Growing Zone.

Trees that are poorly adapted to your location will not look as beautiful as they should and could have the opposite effect.

Let’s look at seven trees that will make your house look expensive in any growing zone.

7 Trees You Can Grow To Make Your House Look Expensive

1. Flowering Dogwood – Cornus florida varieties

Flowering Dogwood is a classic beauty that everyone enjoys. Its big, beautiful flowers greet you each spring with elegance and sophistication.

Many floral choices are available, from classic white to various shades of pink or even the unique Mexican Flowering Dogwood, whose petal-like white bracts are fused at their tips.

In late summer, dogwoods produce small red berry-like drupes that birds love. In the fall, they display beautiful red foliage for additional interest.

Finally, Flowering Dogwoods are native to temperate North America and are non-invasive, highly adaptable, and low-maintenance.

The hardest part of growing Flowering Dogwood is choosing which one!

  • USDA Growing Zones: Most are hardy in Zones 5 – 9; Mexican Flowering Dogwood is 7 – 9.
  • Average Size at Maturity: 15 – 25 ft tall, 15 – 35 ft spread
  • Flowering / Fruiting Season: Flowers bloom in spring; small red drupes appear in late summer.

Available at: Fast-Growing-Trees & Nature Hills

2. Magnolia Trees – Magnolia species

Magnolia trees are another elegant beauty loved for their massive blossoms and luxurious leaves that can instantly add value to your home!

There are many different varieties available. Evergreen magnolias retain their luxurious leaves all year, and their flowers often bloom for long periods of time, but they are best suited to more southern climates.

For those in cooler temperate climates, you can choose from numerous deciduous magnolias in various shades of white, pink, purple, and yellow.

Several magnolias are native to North America, and non-native trees have shown little invasive potential, making magnolias a great choice for any yard.

  • USDA Growing Zones: Most magnolias are hardy in 5 – 8; some deciduous magnolias are hardy down to Zone 3; evergreen varieties do best in 6 – 10.
  • Average Size at Maturity: 8 – 80 ft tall, 8 – 60 ft spread*
  • Flowering Season: Flowers bloom from March to early May for deciduous varieties; most evergreen magnolias bloom from May to July.

*size varies with species and cultivar

Available at: Fast-Growing-Trees & Nature Hills

3. Japanese Maples – Acer palmatum varieties

Nothing says elegance and sophistication quite like a Japanese Maple tree.

These gorgeous trees come in hundreds of unique varieties that have been cultivated for at least four centuries in Japan.

Japanese Maples have red, green, purple, yellow, or even variegated leaves that can be deeply divided and lacy to smoothly shallowly lobed. You should have no problem finding one to suit the particular aesthetic of your landscape.

These trees are best suited to temperate climates, preferring partial shade and moist soil, although some varieties can be grown in full sun and tolerate warmer climates.

  • USDA Growing Zones: Most varieties grow well in 5 – 7; a few will grow in zones 4 or 8 – 9.
  • Average Size at Maturity: 6 – 25 ft tall, 6 – 25 ft spread*

*height depends on the variety

Available at: Fast-Growing-Trees & Nature Hills

4. Bismarck Palm – Bismarckia nobilis

The Bismarck Palm is a gorgeous fan palm tree with spectacular, intense steel-blue to gray-green leaves that fan out like a living windmill.

These beauties will add elegance, sophistication, and a feeling of extravagance that belies their relatively low cost to purchase and maintain.

Bismarck Palms are fairly drought-tolerant with low water requirements for a palm, making them suitable for humid or semi-arid habitats. They are also non-invasive and low-maintenance trees that make a great addition to any home, provided the winters are mild enough for it to survive there.

  • USDA Growing Zones: 9 – 11
  • Average Size at Maturity: 40 – 70 ft (to 82 ft) tall, 10 – 15 ft spread

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5. Crape Myrtle – Lagerstroemia indica

Crape Myrtles are very popular trees, with showy flowers blooming all summer, so your home will look luxurious for months at a time.

They come in shades of pretty pinks, popular purples, and elegant whites. Additionally, most varieties have vibrant red, reddish-purple, and yellow fall foliage to add more beauty after the flowers eventually fade.

Crape Myrtles are compact and low-maintenance trees that easily fit in most yards. They also adapt to most soil types in mild to warm temperate climates.

However, they can sometimes be invasive, so check your regional invasive species lists before purchasing one.

  • USDA Growing Zones: Most are hardy in 7 – 10; a few are hardy to Zone 6.
  • Average Size at Maturity: 15 – 25 ft tall, 6 – 15 ft spread
  • Flowering / Fruiting Season: Showy flowers bloom from June to September; berry-like fruits mature in fall.

Available at: Fast-Growing-Trees & Nature Hills

6. Dwarf Alberta Spruce Spiral Topiary Trees – Picea glauca ‘Conica’

If you live in an area with cold or frigid winters, why not try a Dwarf Alberta Spruce Spiral Topiary?

Julius Caesar made topiary trees’ classic and elegant design popular across the Roman Empire. Nowadays, many homes of the rich and famous feature topiary trees.

Since poor landscaping can decrease property value by 30%, adding sophisticated trees like these will add instant value to any home in cold to mild temperate climates.

Alberta Spruce Spiral Topiary Trees are highly adaptable and cold-hardy spruce trees that can be custom-pruned to various heights to fit even the smallest yards.

  • USDA Growing Zones: 3(2 with protection) – 6
  • Average Size at Maturity: 3 – 8 ft tall, 2 – 4 ft spread*

*size depends on pruning

Available at: Nature Hills

7. Frangipani – Plumeria species

If you live in a subtropical climate, the Frangipani or Lei Flower trees are the way to go!

These succulent trees have an exotic beauty to them that will make your house look expensive. In addition to their interesting succulent branches, they have luxurious semi-evergreen leaves and stunning flowers that can bloom for up to seven months!

If you don’t live in a warm enough climate, you can easily grow Frangipani in pots on your patio or next to your front door and then bring them indoors for the winter.

Frangipani are highly adaptable trees that are drought- and salt-tolerant.

  • USDA Growing Zones: 10 – 12 outdoors; 4 – 9 patio
  • Average Size at Maturity: 3 – 5 ft tall, 5 – 10 ft spread
  • Flowering Season: Flowers from April to November, depending on the climate.

Available at: Fast-Growing-Trees

Trees Really Can Make Your House Look Expensive

Even if you don’t have an expensive home, planting a tree can quickly make your home look more expensive.

Choosing a sophisticated and elegant tree like those above is a good start, but be sure to choose one adapted to your USDA planting zone and yard conditions. Check out How to Pick A Tree For Your Yard for more information.

Once your tree is established, your whole neighborhood will pause to look at your home in a more sophisticated light.

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Lyrae Willis

Environmental Scientist & Plant Ecologist

Lyrae grew up in the forests of BC, Canada, where she got a BSc. in Environmental Sciences. Her whole life, she has loved studying plants, from the tiniest flowers to the most massive trees. She is currently researching native plants of North America and spends her time traveling, hiking, documenting, and writing. When not researching, she is homeschooling her brilliant autistic son, who travels with her and benefits from a unique hands-on education about the environment around him.