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Plants Perfect For Zone 5 

The USDA Hardiness Zone 5 can have some extreme temperature ranges, so it is essential to plant the right trees, shrubs, ornamental grasses, and flowers for this zone. Temperatures in area 5 can get as low as 20 degrees below zero and as hot as 100 degrees Fahrenheit, not to mention wind and snowstorms. 

 

Maple Trees

 

 Native to eastern North American, maple trees grow very well in hardiness zone 5. There are several types of maple trees including, the silver maple, red maple, Norway maple, sugar maple, and other styles. They are a fast-growing tree, so you won’t have to wait too many years for a pretty shade tree in your yard.

 

 They can grow to a height of 70’ and taller, with a width at maturity of 30’ to 50’. Maple trees are well-known for their beautiful fall colors of red, gold, and orange leaves. They like regular watering but can tolerate occasional drought conditions.

 

Red Oaks

 

 Red oaks are a fast-growing tree, growing about one to two feet per year for the first ten years. Homeowners will love that the red oak is a great looking tree, provides excellent shade, and can adapt to various soil conditions. Red oaks are great for a front yard or backyard.

 

 During the summer, red oaks have bright green leaves. Their leaves turn a bright, vivid red during the fall, making for a beautiful fall display of color. The Red Oak is a hardy tree that can live for several hundred years and survive the weather conditions of zone 5.

 

River Birch

 

 Recently named the Urban Tree of the Year by the Society of Municipal Arborists, the River Birch is a pretty tree for any yard. It is a fast-growing tree that will grow between 13” to 24” per year, growing to a height of 40 – 70 feet at maturity. As it matures, it will become a moderate shade tree and an excellent addition to any yard.

 

 It has glossy green leaves during the summer that turn to a pretty yellow during the fall. A River Birch can withstand various soil conditions including, clay and drought conditions. Another reason to love the River Birch is that it is resistant to the birch borer.

 

Tulip Poplar Tree

 

 The Tulip Poplar Tree or Tulip tree is so named because of its pretty flowers that resemble tulips. Members of the Magnolia family, the heights of the Tulip Poplar Tree, are yellow and green with a hint of red that appears in late spring. The green leaves turn a golden-yellow color during the fall and make an excellent fall display in any yard.

 

 Considered a fast-growing tree, the tulip poplar will grow to a height of 70 feet to 90 feet and even taller, making it a perfect shade tree. They have a sturdy trunk that helps them withstand storms. It is usually free of disease and insects. The Tulip Poplar Tree likes well-drained, acidic, moist soils.

 

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