Perfect Summer Trees

Perfect Summer Trees

By Paul Popoff on July, 8 2020
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Paul Popoff

Paul has been working with Moon Valley Nurseries nearly 20 years and is certified by the ALCA, SLM, ISA and more. His extensive knowledge and background in horticulture makes him an industry leader.

It’s never too hot to plant trees from Moon Valley Nurseries, we grow all of our trees locally right here to make sure they are all acclimated and ready to grow once they are planted at your home. Planting the right trees not only makes your landscape look great, it increase your home value as well as reduces cooling cost. With everything going on and vacations cancelled this year, there has never been a better time to create your own personal escape. While COVID-19 has us all spending more time at home then we may be used we’ve selected the perfect trees for you to plant now and get that staycation resort finished so you can enjoy your summer.


ficus tree

Ficus nitida

One of the best trees to plant right now, the Ficus nitida or Indian Laurel Column. These trees love the warm summer air and cast vast amounts of shade anywhere they are planted. Accented by their silver-grey trunks and deep green foliage, these trees are as beautiful as they are useful. These can be planted as a tree form around the perimeter or used the column style to create the perfect Hollywood Hedge. These privacy hedges are prized for their ability to give shade and privacy all while adding beauty to your landscape. Once established these trees are lower water and easy to care for.


Fruitless Olive

Nothing screams Tuscan escape like the Olive tree. Their silver blue foliage and unique branching structure makes these trees not only a beautiful focal point but one that gives off great amounts of shade all year long. These evergreen trees are easy to establish and are low water making them perfect for planting in the Southwest. These Olive trees are low liter making them perfect to plant around sitting areas or pools.


Chilean Mesquite

The desert favorite, Chilean Mesquite tree is perfect for nearly all landscapes. Their deep reddish-brown trunks are accented by small bright green leaves. They have an umbrella shaped canopy and grow fairly quickly once established. These trees are extremely drought tolerant, thriving in our climate. Plant these trees along fence lines to create shade and privacy or can even be used as a focal point.


Chinese Elm

The Chinese Elm, also called the Evergreen Elm is a quick growing shade tree that will give great shade. Smaller bright green leaves grow on this umbrella shaped canopy tree. These trees are easy to establish and can be grown in a wide range of soil types. These are also all grown locally making them perfectly acclimated to be planted all year long.



While the Shumard isn’t evergreen, it has a very short dormant season based on our temperatures. These trees have large leaves with thick foliage. These trees have something the others on this list do not, they turn a beautiful red color in the fall giving you a sense of seasons to go with its cooling shade. These work great planted anywhere in your yard and also make great focal point trees when lite up at night.

There has never been a better time than now to get your backyard staycation complete. Stop by or call any of our Moon Valley Nursery locations and come see these beautiful trees and more. Our experts will help you design the perfect landscape that will keep your yard beautiful and help cool you down. For the best trees on earth, go straight to the moon!

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