Have you ever found yourself attracted to someone’s yard because of a particular tree? It could be that tree had been carefully chosen as a “specimen tree.” Such trees are noteworthy because of their size, shape, or sheer uniqueness, attributes that are intended to cause visitors to stop in their tracks and admire them. For your home in Croton, NY, a specimen tree could be viewed as the “diamond necklace” of its “outfit”—or the focus of attention in your landscape. Here is how a landscape company could help you choose the right specimen tree:
Characteristics of a Specimen Tree
A specimen tree could be an old, majestic oak tree. It might be a tree with an unusual trunk and broad, sturdy branches, or a small maple tree with an uncommon leaf color. A broad, leafy tree cut into an ornamental shape can be a focal point specimen. Oftentimes, a gardener or landscape specialist might group large trees together to create a grove or to achieve an architectural effect.
Why to Choose a Specimen Tree
Trees obviously provide shade and natural beauty for a yard, but a specimen tree does more than that. Specimen trees can add personality and charm to your yard. For a small yard, specimen trees offers a more intimate feel by providing a canopy over limited space. In a larger, more open yard, a specimen tree provides structure and function to shape the space.
How to Choose a Specimen Tree
Choosing a specimen tree can be tricky for a number of reasons. The tree should ideally be beautiful throughout the seasons. It could have noteworthy bark and interesting branches so that it is eye-catching even in the winter months. The tree will also need to fit with the rest of the landscape and home’s architecture so that it feels like the tree has always been there. Once selected, a specimen tree needs room to grow to its full size.
Care of Specimen Tree
Specimen trees require a long-term commitment. Since these trees can be rare or unusual, it is wise to turn to landscape designers for helping you choose the best tree for the horticultural conditions. They understand the soil, wind, weather, and sunlight necessary to bring the specimen tree to its full glory. Whether it is a transplanted full-grown tree or a dwarf variety, a specimen tree may need more time and attention than the average tree to thrive.
Ultimately, the specimen tree becomes a piece of art in your overall landscape design. It can ignite conversation and a kind of excitement that is truly special.
Manzer’s Landscape Design and Development, Inc. believes that developing landscapes correctly begins with design. We will analyze the natural elements of your site, such as the climate, soil, slope of the land, drainage, and vegetation while observing where sunlight falls and assessing the effect of existing buildings, to help you chose a specimen tree. Contact them here to discuss how a specimen tree can elevate your Croton, NY, yard.