5 Of The Best Trees For Your Driveway

Feb 16th 2022

Properly planting trees by your driveway can be a challenge, as improperly planting a tree or planting the wrong type of tree could cause damage to your driveway. Whether by the roots causing cracks in your driveway or by the tree falling onto your driveway during bad weather, improper planting can easily cause long-term issues. To help you pick the right tree for your driveway, our master arborists at SkyFrog Tree Service have outlined a couple of types of trees that you can use for your driveway!

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Crabapple Trees

Crabapple trees come in over 1,000 varieties for you to choose from and many of which have root systems that aren't aggressive nor invasive, meaning you won't have to worry about root damage to your driveway. They also come in a variety of shades of pink, red, and white with colorful fruit, such as gold, orange, red, or burgundy. Adam's crabapple, which is a medium-sized variety, is a great planting choice as it is resistant to common apple tree diseases.

Crape Myrtle

Crape Myrtle trees can provide a pop of color to your driveway with gorgeous pink, white, red, or lavender blossoms that will remain throughout the summer and sometimes even into fall. While these trees have long root systems, they are shallow and aren't aggressive, meaning they won't grow into your driveway and cause cracks. While some varieties of cape myrtle can grow up to 25 feet tall, the smallest cape myrtle variety only grows up to six feet in its maturity, making it a great candidate for your driveway.

Flowering Dogwood Trees

Flowering dogwood trees can provide your driveway with beauty and privacy as they have beautiful, wide-reaching branches, with flowers that come in different shades of pink, white, and red and produce berries that attract birds and insects. Be sure to provide ample watering for a flowering dogwood tree as their roots dry out easily, and also plant in an area that receives partial to full sunlight.

Japanese Maple

Japanese maple trees are known for their bright leaves and elegant shape and they come in a large variety of sizes, so you can find the perfect one for your driveway or yard. They also come in a wide variety of colors, such as purple, red, orange, and green. The Japanese maple tree thrives in areas that get parietal shade and don't reach more than 20 feet tall.

Cape Ash

Cape ash trees are ideal if you have larger spaces near your driveway to fill as they grow quickly in height and width, some even getting up to 30 feet tall and 20 feet wide. While these trees are quite large, their roots are non-aggressive, and during spring, they have pale flowers that can be rather fragrant. Cape ash trees are able to thrive in both sun and semi-shade and are also drought resistant.