Japanese Maple

Japanese Maples make a good focal point for your garden
Japanese Maples make a good focal point for your garden

Zones: 5 – 9

Height: 6′ to 25′ (depending on the variety)

Width: 6′ to 25′

Light: Part Shade

The second backyard tree that grows quite well in dappled shade is the Japanese Maple. Most of them aren’t really tall enough to be a shade tree on their own (there are a few exceptions), but I think they have such a pretty shape and leaves that I couldn’t leave them off the list.

Depending on the variety they may be weeping or upright plants but in all cases they will definitely be the star of your yard or border.

Japanese Maple
Japanese Maple

I love the varieties that have lace leaves with different colors. Who needs flowers when the plants are so pretty themselves?

Well, that’s it for my list of best backyard trees. Hopefully you have found one or two that will work in your yard!

Most varieties are fairly slow growing and do best in part shade.

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