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Trees For Zone 8: Learn About The Most Common Zone 8 Trees

Choosing trees for your landscape can be an overwhelming process. Buying a tree is a much bigger investment than a small plant, and there are so many variables it can be hard to decide where to begin. One good and very useful starting point is hardiness zone. Depending upon where you live, some trees simply won’t survive outside. Keep reading to learn more about growing trees in zone 8 landscapes and some common zone 8 trees.

Growing Trees in Zone 8

With an average minimum winter temperature between 10 and 20 F. (-12 and -7 C.), USDA zone 8 can’t support trees that are frost sensitive. It can, however, support a huge range of cold hardy trees. The range is so big, in fact, that it’s impossible to cover every species. Here is a selection of common zone 8 trees, separated into broad categories:

Common Zone 8 Trees

Deciduous trees are extremely popular in zone 8. This list includes both broad families (like maples, most of which will grow in zone 8) and narrow species (like honey locust):

  • Beech
  • Birch
  • Flowering Cherry
  • Maple
  • Oak
  • Redbud
  • Crape Myrtle
  • Sassafras
  • Weeping Willow
  • Dogwood
  • Poplar
  • Ironwood
  • Honey Locust
  • Tulip Tree

Zone 8 is a slightly tricky spot for fruit production. It’s a little too cold for a lot of citrus trees, but the winters are a little too mild to get adequate chill hours for apples and many stone fruits. While one or two varieties of most fruits can be grown in zone 8, these fruit and nut trees for zone 8 are the most reliable and common:

  • Apricot
  • Fig
  • Pear
  • Pecan
  • Walnut

Evergreen trees are popular for their year round color and often distinctive, sappy fragrance. Here are some of the most popular evergreen trees for zone 8 landscapes:

  • Eastern White Pine
  • Korean Boxwood
  • Juniper
  • Hemlock
  • Leyland Cypress
  • Sequoia

Fast-Growing Trees for Privacy (By Zone)

With a yard full of vibrant greens and colorful flowers, the last thing you want is a big brown fence getting in the way!
But you still want to enjoy your outdoor space in peace. So, go ahead and plant privacy trees.

You get the best of both worlds–fresh, green landscaping that doubles as a hideaway. And, when you choose a fast-growing tree, you can get comfy in your quiet retreat in no time.

Ready to jump right in? Below, find the trees and shrubs that will secure your space the fastest.

What plants make the best privacy screens?

Evergreens are most common, but that doesn’t mean they’re the only option!
Lots of plants make good candidates. In fact, it’s best to mix things up. That way, if one plant gets attacked by a pest or disease, it won’t affect your entire screen.
One more thing! While fast-growing trees are great at quickly giving you privacy, they’re not without their flaws. Quick-growing trees and shrubs tend to have weaker wood that is more prone to breakage and attack by insects and diseases. They also require more frequent pruning to keep them under control and help them develop a strong structure.
If you want plants that grow a bit slower but still work great for privacy fences, . Or if you want to stick with a fast grower, choose trees or shrubs below that will work in your hardiness zone so that they’re accustomed and prepared to thrive in your area.

Fast-Growing Privacy Shrubs (Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10)

  1. North privet (Zones 4-8): A pyramid-shaped shrub with dark, glossy leaves that grows about three feet per year
  2. Forsythia (Zones 5-8): An early-blooming shrub with bright-yellow flowers that grows about two feet per year
  3. Glossy Abelia (Zones 6-9): A rounded shrub with white spring flowers and purple fall leaves that can grow up to two feet a year
  4. Nellie R. Stevens Holly (Zones 6-9): A tall evergreen shrub with vibrant green leaves that can grow up to three feet a year
  5. Wax myrtle (Zones 7-11): An olive-green bush that usually adds about a foot each year in height and can reach a mature height of 20 feet

Fast-Growing Privacy Trees (Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11)

  1. Eastern white pine (Zones 3-7): A tall evergreen tree with greenish-blue needles that can increase its height by more than three feet each year
  2. Hybrid poplar (Zones 3-9): A shade tree with silvery-green leaves that can grow an astonishing eight feet per year
  3. Silver maple (Zones 3-9): A large shade tree with shimmery silver leaves and wood that grows about two feet per year
  4. Green giant arborvitae (Zones 5-7): A pyramid-shaped evergreen with rich green needles that adds about three feet to its height per year
  5. Dawn redwood (Zones 5-8): A low-maintenance shade tree that’s good for large landscapes and grows more than two feet each year
  6. Leyland cypress (Zones 6-10): A slender evergreen tree that can grow up to four feet per year
  7. Areca palm (Zones 10-11): A tropical palm that grows about two feet a year and tops out around 35 feet tall

What is the fastest-growing privacy shrub?

That would be the first shrub we listed above, the north privet. This speedy shrub can grow up to three feet per year!

What are the fastest-growing trees for privacy?

Hybrid poplar tops the list. It can grow upwards of five feet per year. The Leyland cypress, green giant arborvitae, and silver maple are all close seconds because they add about two feet to their height each year.

Which evergreens grow the fastest?

Eastern white pine and green giant arborvitae are some of the fastest-growing evergreens. Each add on about 2 feet every year!

Shade Trees

Effortless shade, from greens to blazing reds.

Looking for elegant shade in season-to-season hues? Our Shade Trees make an elegant statement. Whether you get an Autumn Blaze Maple or a graceful Weeping Willow, you’ll have an easy-growing favorite that offers the perfect backdrop for your homescape.

How and Where to Plant Shade Trees

Though specific directions will change depending on the Shade Trees you purchase, knowing your growing zone is an important first step. After you’ve determined your growing zone, keep sunlight and watering needs in mind for your Shade Trees. Most prefer full sun to partial sun (anywhere from 4 to 8 hours of sunlight per day) and well-drained soil. Your fertilizing and pruning needs will also depend on the Shade Trees you choose, but many of them do not require pruning.

As far as when to plant, we always recommend early spring or fall, before or after the threat of frost. As long as the ground is not frozen, however, your Shade Trees should be fine.

From there, the actual planting process is easy. Select an area with well-drained soil, dig a hole large enough to accommodate the tree’s root ball (along with a bit of extra width for mature growth), place your tree and backfill the hole. Finish by watering the surrounding soil and mulching to conserve moisture.

When to Plant Shade Trees

As far as when to plant, we always recommend early spring or fall, before or after the threat of frost. As long as the ground is not frozen, however, your Shade Trees should be fine.

Color Variations and Seasonal Change

Several of our Shade Trees transition from green to yellow and red as the seasons change, including the October Glory, Autumn Blaze, and Tulip Poplar. Others are Evergreen varieties or may include blooms.

Zone 8 Sun Lovers – Sun Tolerant Plants For Zone 8 Landscapes

Zone 8 plants for full sun include trees, shrubs, annuals, and perennials. If you live in zone 8 and have a sunny yard, you have hit the gardening jackpot. There are many beautiful plants that will thrive and give you enjoyment for many years.

Sun Tolerant Plants for Zone 8

Zone 8 in the U.S. is a temperate climate with mild winters and stretches from patchy areas of the west coast, through Texas and the middle section of the southeast. It’s a pleasant climate and one in which a lot of different plants thrive. There are some, though, that won’t tolerate the heat, the sunlight, or the potential for drought. That said, there are many more that will tolerate such conditions in the landscape.

Since there are so many heat loving plants and trees to choose from in zone 8, below are just a handful of favorites.

Shrubs and Flowers

Here are some zone 8 plants for full sun and heat (specifically shrubs and flowers) that you can enjoy in your garden:

Century plant. This agave species loves full sun and dry soil. It’s a stunning, large plant that really makes a statement. It is called a century plant because it blooms just once before it dies, but it will last for many years. Just be sure not to over water it.

Lavender. This well-known herb is a great small shrub for landscaping and it produces pretty little flowers with a distinctive floral smell. Lavender plants love sun and dry conditions.

Oleander. Oleander is a flowering shrub that thrives in full sun and grows up to ten feet (3 meters) tall and wide. It also resists drought. The flowers are large and range from white to red to pink. This plant is highly toxic, so it may not be suitable for kids or pets.

Crape myrtle. This is another popular, sun-loving shrub or small tree that produces showy flowers. Crepe myrtle comes in a variety of sizes, from miniature to full size.

Zone 8 Trees for Sun

With a sunny, hot yard in zone 8, you want trees to provide shade and cool spots. There are plenty of trees that will tolerate and even thrive in the sun you can provide them:

Oak. There are a few varieties of oak, including Shumard, Water, and Sawtooth, that are native to southern regions, thrive in the sun, and grow tall and wide, providing plenty of shade.

Green ash. This is another tall-growing sun tree that is native to the southern U.S. Ash trees grow fast and will provide shade quickly.

American persimmon. The persimmon is a medium-sized tree, growing to 60 feet (18 meters) at a maximum, but often only half that height. It loves sun, needs well-drained soil, and provides annual fruit.

Fig. The Ficus family of trees is popular at nurseries and is often sold as a houseplant, but it really only thrives outdoors in sun and heat. It needs moist soil that is well drained and will grow up to about 20 feet (6 meters) tall. As a bonus, fig trees provide lots of tasty fruit.

Sun and heat loving plants are abundant and that means that if you live in zone 8, you have a lot of choices. Make the most of your sunny, warm climate and enjoy these beautiful plants and trees.

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