The Best Trees to Plant in the Fall

August 21, 2019

It’s that time of year again — a time for watching football, enjoying the colorful foliage, and overloading on pumpkin-spiced everything. Yes, we’re talking about fall. While you may be tempted to completely forget about your yard after Labor Day, the reality is that this season can be the ideal time to plant a number of trees.

Let’s take a closer look at some of them.

Honey locust

Most common in New England, honey locust trees can reach a height of 30 feet when fully mature. If you’re at all familiar with these trees, you know they are hardy creatures. Additionally, honey locust trees produce some of the most beautiful autumn colors.


Looking for a tree to plant near a sidewalk or street? You can’t go wrong with an elm tree. As long as they get lots of sunlight and moisture, elm trees typically remain healthy and beautiful for many years. Keep in mind that if you plant your elm tree during the fall, it’s probably best to wait until the spring to fertilize.


Similar to the aforementioned elm tree, crabapple trees also require full sunlight in order to thrive. Crabapple trees are the perfect choice for those who may not have a ton of space in their yard but still want a beautiful tree. If you’re wanting more than one crabapple tree in your yard, plant them 10-20 feet apart.


Can’t think of the name of the tree that produces gorgeous white flowers during the spring? There’s a good chance it’s a hawthorn. These particular trees grow to an average height of 30 feet and offer uncomparable fall color. Chicago homeowners interested in having more than one hawthorn tree in their yard should plant them 20-30 feet apart.


Experts will tell you that the best time to plant a linden tree is the fall. From the incredible fall foliage to the shade it creates, there’s a lot to like about linden trees. If you’re wanting to improve the chances of your linden tree surviving the winter, we suggest mulching around it to add essential nutrients to the soil. 


Few trees produce more spectacular fall colors than maples. Planting your maple tree during the fall ensures hardiness come springtime. Again, in order to ensure that it lasts through the winter, add a bit of mulch around the base of your maple tree.


Part of what makes sycamores such an attractive choice for homeowners is that they’ll thrive just about anywhere. If you have a large backyard with ample space, a sycamore tree should definitely be at the top of your list. It’s important to know that sycamores planted this time of year require plenty of water.


Nothing beats looking outside at your yard and seeing a pine tree dusted with snow. While you won’t get any bursts of color from them during the fall, it’s safe to say these are one of the more beautiful trees on this list. Something else to like about pine trees is that they don’t need much time to get established.


Whether you’ve lived in Chicago for a year or a decade, you know that harsh winters are the norm. With that in mind, it’s imperative to plant a tree that can withstand the cold, snow, and wind. This is why spruce trees are so popular among Chicago residents. Not only can they handle adverse weather conditions, but they also thrive in poor soil.


Here at Pro Tree Service, we’re constantly reminding customers that autumn is an important time of year for their trees. Whether you have one tree or several trees on your property, remember to give them the proper attention these next few weeks. Check out the fall tree care checklist from Pro Tree for more information.

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