How To Do Hillside Tree Edging

There are several factors that go into selecting the right trees for hillside edging. These factors include how steep the slope is, the amount of shade or light available and the types of plants already growing there. Generally speaking, trees which edge a hillside are not focal points.

These trees are more often there to act as a buffer, separating a lawn space or cultivated garden from a semi-wooded or less cultivated area. These trees can also function as boundaries between properties.

Four Season Trees

If you are looking for edging trees for small hillsides that can create a boundary or buffer, while still providing beauty and visual interest all year long, there are several trees you should consider. One of these trees is the downy serviceberry.

This tree can reach 25 feet in height and has attractive white flowers in spring and oval shaped leaves that provide fall color. The downy serviceberry also offers blue-black, glossy berries during the summer months.

Another tree to consider is the Japanese stewartia, which can grow as high as 40 feet. The Japanese stewartia bears flowers during midsummer that are camellia-like. During the fall months this tree's leaves turn a red-orange color while the exfoliating bark offers yearlong beauty.

Narrower Edging Trees

If you have limited space due to property size or boundary issues, a fastigiated or columnar tree for edging hillsides may be a better choice for you. Also consider the popular red maple commonly referred to as the "bowhall," since it offers spring foliage with a reddish hue that turns to green during the summer months. The bowhall then returns back to a brilliant, bright red in the fall. This tree grows to about 60 feet in height and offers a 15 foot wide spread. Yet another option is the English oak. The English oak will reach as much as 60 feet high and spread out about 15 feet in width.

Trees with Holly

If you're looking for a traditional sloping edging tree, evergreens are a good choice. Evergreens have strong roots that hold to the soil and they offer foliage that is attractive throughout the year. The American holly has dark green, spiny leaves and produces bright berries.

It grows as much as 30 feet in height and about 20 feet in width. If you live in a warmer climate, you may want to consider the yaupon holly, which can grow in partial shade and full sun. These trees are smaller, reaching only about 20 feet high and a width of approximately 12 feet.

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