5 Trees That Require Little To No Maintenance

Mar 28th 2022

Planting a tree in your yard or garden is a great way to add both appeal and variation to your home, but plants of all natures require a lot of attention, which can easily become more of a nuisance than a pleasure to tend to. However, if you are a busy person and don't have time to give all that attention, there are low-maintenance trees that you can add to your landscape. Below, our master arborists at SkyFrog Tree Service have put together this guide to help you decide on a low-maintenance tree for your landscaping!

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If you live on a property that has a large outdoor space that gets tons of sun, then the jacaranda is a good choice for your property. These trees sport beautiful lavender and blue flowers, and are resistant to pests, disease, and have a high drought tolerance. When winter comes, or the jacaranda's leaves and flowers start falling, they can be mown rather than raked up, so you don't have to worry about cleaning up.

Japanese Maple Trees

The Japanese maple tree is well known for its strikingly bright fall leaves and foliage. These are a good option when looking for a low-maintenance tree as they only require pruning once a year. During the first year that a Japanese maple is planted, it is important for it to have good drainage and consistent water, but aside from yearly pruning, that is all the Japanese Maple requires to be healthy.


Though they may look delicate, the serviceberry tree is a cold-hardy tree and performs well in damp conditions and most soil types throughout the year. In the spring, the serviceberry tree sprouts white star-shaped flowers around copper-colored leaves, which can easily light up your garden or yard.

Crape Myrtle

Often called the "lilac of the south," the crape myrtle is a low-maintenance flowering tree. When it blooms, the Japanese myrtle produces white and purple flowers in the summer and yellow and orange foliage in the fall. In terms of maintenance, the crape myrtle only requires about 30–60 minutes of pruning once a year and is a stunning choice in a low-maintenance tree.


Magnolia trees produce large, fragrant, white blossoms that stand out against the dark green leaves and bright orange berries that birds and wildlife love. In addition, magnolia trees are adaptable, and while they may prefer acidic soil, they can adapt to natural soil, regardless of whether it is sandy or heavy in clay.