Growing and caring for trees in the summertime can be hard enough, but when you live in a very humid environment, it can seem like insult to injury to spend time and money on a tree that dies two weeks into July. But if you want to keep your yard looking well maintained and green, trees are generally the way to go. So if you're looking for some trees that will thrive even under the humid heat of summer, then here's what you need to know.
The Pacific dogwood tree is one that, like its name would suggest, grows well in hot, humid climates. It also has the benefit of being a flowering tree, which means that even in the depths of summer, you can still enjoy a view of delicate-looking white flowers, which contain somewhere between four to eight petals. You can plant it anywhere on your yard too – Pacific dogwood can grow just as well in the shade as in full sun. As an added bonus, Pacific dogwood trees also produce pinkish-reddish berries (which aren't poisonous but aren't really delicious), offering a striking contrast against the delicate white flowers. Just be sure to watch out for anthracnose, which this tree is susceptible to.
Kwanzan Cherry Tree
If one of the varieties of cherry trees seems a bit more complementary to your aesthetic, don't worry – the China-native Kwanzan cherry tree is a perfect choice for hot and humid climates. Blooming later than most cherry trees (which often bloom as early as February and March), the Kwanzan's blossoms range from pale to deep pink and are large and ruffled, offering thousands of pops of color from one tree alone. This tree can grow both tall and wide, so you'll need to make sure it has enough space within your yard, but will thrive in your climate's humidity and provide delicate color to your home as a whole.
Blue Jacaranda Tree
A step away from the light colors of the first two trees in this list, the blue jacaranda tree – which can only grow well in warm and humid areas – produces flowers of a deep blue-purple shade, which appear usually at the end of spring and last for two months of summer (which is good if you're striving for some color in your yard). These trees grow to an impressive height – somewhere between 16 feet and 49 feet), and sets off its flowers to perfection with white-gray bark.
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