COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. — Trees can do a lot to enhance your home and property, but proper selection is important, says Phil Hahn, director of forestry research at Georgia-Pacific Corp.
"Small- to medium-sized trees planted at the corners of a home can give the illusion of extending the width of a narrow house," Hahn says. "Japanese maples and gray birch are excellent choices because they won't outgrow a small or single-story home."
Because of their full shapes, red maples, honey locusts and other shade trees are used to accent tall houses and provide contrast to square homes. Trees of various heights at maturity often are planted in rows to break the roof lines of long, low houses.
Trees such as maple, birch, white spruce and yews provide soft accents at angular corners and have tame root systems, so they can be planted close to the foundation, Hahn says.