Shade Trees

6 Best Shade Trees To Grow In Montana

Montanans tend to want fast-growing shade trees in their residential landscapes for some cool shade, which is why they are always looking for fast-growing shade trees in the Treasure State.

Depending on the region you live in – Big Sky Country or the Great Plains – and also on the benefits you expect from planting trees in Montana, you will plant a different type of tree.

Taking advantage of the unique climate of Montana will always require choosing varieties of trees that are highly tolerant of the unique weather conditions of the state.

The Continental Divide forms a climatic division between the state and its two distinct climate regions. Generally, the western part of the country has milder winters than the east, which is known for its harsh winters. Snowfall in the Great Falls area ranges from around 57 to 58 inches each year.

There are several types of trees that you can plant for outdoor decor in areas that are hardy enough to tolerate the cold, such as a robust Hybrid Poplar, a graceful Weeping Willow or a golden Quaking Aspen.

The attractive Gingko tree has become popular due to its easy maintenance as well as the Norway Spruce. As soon as these trees settle into the Montana climate they become very attractive.

We offer Thuja Giant and Leyland Cypress as evergreen trees you might like to try if you’re considering planting a row. You can create a living green wall with both of these trees, they grow very quickly to form a living wall.

They may not be as adaptable as other trees, but they are easy to grow and do not have the same vulnerability to disease as other trees.

If you’re looking for a privacy tree that grows quickly, you might want to check out the Willow hybrid. This tree can reach a height of 6 feet in just one year!


Quaking Aspen Tree

A native tree, with a 5 foot growth rate, the Quaking Aspen makes a statement with its climatic and soil adaptability. The foliage in the fall is especially striking. In addition, Quaking Aspens are well-known for their ability to survive in poor soils and cold climates.

As the leaves turn yellow in the fall, it will contrast beautifully with your tree’s white bark.

Known for its shimmering heart-shaped leaves as well as its characteristic trembling or quaking when a light breeze passes through it, the Quaking Aspen is an incredibly spectacular tree in every sense.


Bloodgood Japanese Maple


Known for its rich, vivid color, the Bloodgood Japanese Maple tree is a striking focal point in any landscape. Landscape designers love its vibrant silhouette because it stands out well against grass, flower beds, and more.

Where does our Japanese Maple stand out from the rest? Its foliage does not just turn scarlet for a few weeks like many other varieties. Although the color fades occasionally during high temperatures, you’re still rewarded with stunning visual interest for months.

In addition, it’s a small tree that can be planted near your home, patio, or other tight places.

Autumn Blaze® Red Maple Tree

With our Autumn Blaze® Red Maple, you’ll get stunning hues that are second to none. Due to its dazzling fall display, which grows 3 to 5 feet per year or more, you will be able to view that show within seconds.

Autumn Blaze® is also a must-have item because it: resists insects and diseases yet is uniform in appearance. It also leaves a little mess after leaves fall. There is no other product like Autumn Blaze®.

It’s no wonder why Autumn Blaze® Red Maple has been one of the most popular tree introductions in history. It’s the perfect tree for planting and then forgetting about it.

This is because it is the kind of tree that does not require much upkeep and will thrive without any hassle.

Furthermore, these are trees that do not mind the exhaust and are perfect for planting along neighborhood streets because of their non-aggressive nature. What is more important, they are able to adapt to a wide variety of soils and climates.


Legacy Sugar Maple


Beautiful, charming, and strong – the Sugar Maple hardwood has it all. Its large leaves spread out as it grows to great heights, expanding its grace.

The leaf of the Sugar Maple has been featured on Canada’s flag and has been adopted as the official state tree of New York and Vermont.

Moreover, there is no better color show. As a matter of fact, its autumn foliage is the most impressive. When the green leaves start to turn gold, yellow, and burnt orange, their colors become so vivid they almost glow.

It will be a show of color you won’t forget next fall when the show of color ends with an unmatched deep red.

Beacon Swamp White Oak Tree

Would you like a shade tree that will continue to grow strong and beautiful for generations to come? The Beacon Swamp White Oak has all the benefits of traditional Oak in a modern design.

One of the few columnar White Oaks currently available on the market. It provides the same shade as any other variety despite its sleeker growth habit. The species thrives in urban and rural environments alike, from Minnesota to Florida.

Because of its upright growth, you won’t need a lot of space to plant this Oak. With its relatively narrow spread, it is perfect for front yard plantings and clean borders.

In fact, you might even be able to place it closer to your house since it makes less mess and its branches do not extend too far from its trunk.

Royal Frost® Birch Tree

The Royal Frost® stands out with vivid purple foliage and exfoliating bark that are unlike any other plants.

Because of its upright, pyramidal habit, it is truly one of a kind when it comes to shade trees.

A lush tree offers vivid benefits from season to season, making it an even better tree.

Winter months bring the sleek white bark of this deciduous tree year-round visual interest.