5 Shade Trees that are Perfect for Colorado Yards and Landscapes

With summer temperatures still hanging in the high nineties, many of you may be thinking about adding a shade tree to your landscaping to provide some relief in the coming years! Along with acting as a shield from the sun, trees also can help shield your home from the heat, helping to take some of the burden off your air conditioner in the heat of the summer! In fact, trees provide many different benefits throughout every season, not just the summer! So, if you are thinking of adding a tree to your landscape, now is the time! Fall is one of the best times to plant trees, but the window of time is short, so don't wait too long! To help you decide which shade tree is best to plant in your yard, here are some options you may want to consider.

Shademaster Honeylocust

Honeylocust trees are popular for their delicate, fern-like foliage. Due to the nature of their leaves, not all of the sun gets blocked, providing lovely, dappled shade. This is also good news for any grass or other plants under this tree's canopy. They also exhibit vibrant yellow fall color and truly make for a lovely addition to any landscape. Many other honeylocust varieties produce little white flowers, long brown seedpods, or long and intimidating thorns. This variety however does not!

Shademaster Honeylocust Tree Care

When they reach maturity, these trees can be very large. They often reach heights of 45 feet tall with a 40-foot spread. They grow at a rather fast rate, and due to this and the large mature size, it is recommended to not plant these trees in confined areas, under powerlines, or any other overhead equipment that may get in the way years down the road. Plant honeylocusts in full sun and water it generously for the first year or two to help establish a healthy root system. Once this tree is established, it is very hardy and can handle a variety of conditions.

Image of a shademaster tree

Tree Information:

  • Botanical Name: Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis ‘Shademaster’

  • Zone: 3-6 (Learn more about hardiness zones!)

  • Height: 50 – 75 feet

  • Spread: 25 – 40 feet

  • Sun: Full Sun, Partial Shade

  • Water: Moderate, then Low

  • Soil Type: Widely Adaptable

  • Pollinator Friendly: Yes

  • Foliage: Green

  • Fall Color: Yellow

  • Bloom: No

  • Fruit: No

  • Growth Rate: Fast

Redmond Linden Tree

Unlike the honeylocust, Redmond Linden trees are known for their large, broad leaves that grow densely throughout the