It can be hard to find trees that will thrive in the abrasive Colorado environment, from the soil to the different altitude and temperatures. It can also be a challenge to decide on a particular tree once you know which ones are actually good for the area where you live, because aren’t they supposed to give you some pleasure as you watch them grown, anyway?
Well, that’s why we’ve compiled this list of trees that grow well in Colorado, accounting for general hardiness, resistance to droughts and temperature changes, and overall beauty of the species. No matter which one you choose, this list will make sure that you’re house looks as beautiful on the outside as you keep it on the inside!
Japanese Tree Lilac
Let’s begin with the smallest tree on the list, one that blossoms in beautiful white flowers during late June and has an amazing fragrance; the Japanese Tree Lilac! It can grow up to be anywhere from 15 to 20 feet, both tall and wide, and you’d be surprised at how trouble-free they are in comparison to other trees.
They’re perfect for the Front Range in general because they’re pretty resistant to droughts after growing for a couple of seasons, and even after their flowers have faded they still provide shade with their dense foliage. You can’t go wrong with it!
The lovely bark texture, elegantly shaped fruit, and warmly colored fall-foliage make the American Hornbeam a great choice; not only for the shade it provides during the summer but for its classy winter look as well.
A moderate grower, this tree can reach up to 30 feet tall and should be watered at a normal rate for at least the first three years. Though not as much as the Japanese Tree Lilac, it is also a bit resistant to drought.
A Colorado native! Although it can grow up to 40 or 50 feet if watered correctly, it’s still considered a medium-sized tree perfect for both small and large yard projects. Its growth rate is not fast by any means, but providing good conditions will make it adequate to see it reach its full potential within a few seasons.
Thanks to it being relatively free of diseases and insect problems, and having good wind resistance, the Canyon Maple is a longer-lived tree, and it’s a perfect choice if you’re looking to add some variety to the landscape.
Another large tree on our list is the beautiful Burr Oak, which can grow up to 50 feet tall and has, like the Canyon Maple, a moderate growth rate. This is a tree with a lovely bark that gets furrowed as it ages, and their leaves look great both in their deep-green summer and yellowish-brown fall colors.
A yearly producer of acorns as well, this oak resists the cold pretty well and is capable of adapting to a large variety of soils, so you should have no problem adding it to yours.
One of the hardiest species of pear, this is a dense deciduous tree that will grow up to 35 feet and require more special considerations than other entries on this list. It can also be quite messy, and you’ll have to be careful with some details such as how often to water your vegetable garden in the summer. But it’s a fantastic option for anyone looking to add an accent or shade to their yards, provided it’s large enough for it.
The Pear’s lovely white flowers blossom in mid-spring, and the burgundy shade of the leaves during fall will make it quite a spectacle every year. Be wary of its fruit; however, as it will make it necessary to clean up you let it just drop to the ground.