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Trees for Profit: 7 Instant Shade Trees

Shade Trees

If you are interested in growing trees for profit, you may be more familiar with the idea of selling heirloom fruit or nuts from trees. But did you know that many people will pay good money for already-grown shade trees?

Shade trees that have already developed roots can be sold in large, fifteen-gallon pots for speedy replanting and growth. Many buyers such as landscapers and homeowners will pay good money for almost-mature trees that can be added to their yards. Here are just a few of the best “instant shade trees” that you can plant and sell for profit.

Thornless Locust

The thornless locust grows very fast, almost two feet per year, and has sweet-smelling flowers, making it a popular yard tree. It has a broad canopy with airy gaps, allowing grass to grow underneath it. It is resistant to drought, pollution, and salt, and can be planted in a large variety of soil types including acidic, alkaline, and salty soils.

The thornless locust  grows best in sunny environments, especially those with at least 6 hours of full sunlight. It can, however, handle both extremely dry and extremely wet environments and can be grown in urban environments. It’s also a great stabilizing tree, and can be used to control erosion.

One benefit of the thornless locust is that it can be grown almost anywhere in the United states (in terms of survivability). You may want to look up local codes about what trees are allowed in your area.

Quaking Aspen

Quaking aspen is a common and widespread tree, but is stunning and fast-growing, so it can be a viable shade tree. They can grow almost anywhere if they have the sunlight, and can get up to 80 feet in height. Most of them only grow to about 40 feet or so, however. They don’t mind different soil conditions, though they do best in high, dry, and cool environments.

While aspens don’t do well below zone seven on the hardiness scale, they are still versatile and happy in many environments. Quaking aspens usually need at least 4 hours of direct sunlight, though they don’t mind partial shade at other times. They also do well in moist soil especially.

Quaking aspen get their names from the rustling, quaking sound their leaves make in the breeze. This makes it a popular tree to add texture and sound to any landscape.

American Sycamore

The American Sycamore is another tree that provides ample shade for properties with plenty of land. They are often too large for small yards, but they are perfect for homesteads, parks, and open areas.

Like the two trees listed above, these are also sturdy trees that grow in almost any soil, though they prefer moist but well drained soil that is deep enough for their roots to burrow through. If they’ve been grown in a plant container, they can be planted at any point in the year. If their roots have been balled or wrapped in burlap, however, they should be planted in Spring or Fall.

The tree should be fertilized every other year if it’s growth seems stunted, and watered heavily. The soil should not be allowed to dry out. The tree will develop a slight drought resistance after a few years, but you should still soak the ground if it’s been over a month since a good rainstorm. It can be a messy tree, spilling seed balls, leaves, and twigs, so sycamore owners should keep in mind that it may require upkeep.

If you have the land for it, growing trees can be a great investment. These seven varieties can make good money if you are willing to put in the time and investment. Make sure you look up any legal restrictions and what trees are native to your area before choosing a tree to plant.

Although it may take some time to see a return on your investment, plenty of people will be willing to pay good money for the time you spent preparing their lovely shade trees.

By Deborah Goldberg