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Selecting and Siting your Tree

Planting the right tree in the right place.

  • Watch this video to learn more about the right tree in the right place philosophy.
  • Knowing the type of soil, water needs, and eventual size of the tree will help you select the best tree for your yard.
  • Deciduous trees (trees that lose their leaves in the winter) will help cool your home in the summer and allow the sun to warm it in the winter. Planting the right tree in the right place can deliver up to 30% in summer energy savings.
  • Site your tree where the tree can grow to its full size. Plant at least 8 feet from sidewalks and driveways, 15 feet from home foundations and swimming pools, and 6 feet from fences.
  • If you plant more than one tree, plant them so they are far enough apart to allow full growth of both trees. Trees should be placed 12 to 30 feet apart depending on their ultimate size.
  • Review our Shady Eighty tree guide (.pdf) to learn more about the benefits of trees and how to choose the best tree for your site.You can also visit selectree.calpoly.edu for additional help in choosing a tree.