If you're like most homeowners, you probably love the idea of having trees in your yard — but you don't love the idea of spending a great deal of time on landscape maintenance tasks associated with fussy trees. Watering, pruning, pest control, and picking up messy fruit drops all have the potential to take the pleasure out of having a yard full of beautiful trees. However, not all trees are high maintenance. Following are three trees that provide abundant aesthetic benefits but are generally pest and disease resistant, don't need much, if any, extra watering during the summer, and don't drop messy fruit on the lawn for homeowners to clean up. 

Katsura Tree

Katsura trees grow well in variety of soils and are resistant to pests and diseases that plague many other trees. They provide exquisite fall color in shades of lemon yellow through vibrant apricot and reach about 25 feet tall at full maturity. They require little pruning and have strong, dense wood that isn't easily damaged by extreme weather conditions such as ice storms, hail,  and high winds. New leaves in spring are a rusty bronze shade and turn bluish-green during the summer months. Their dense foliage growth makes Katsura trees ideal for use as shade trees. In most areas, they don't need any extra watering during summer. However, you should water deeply if you notice leaves beginning to wilt during a dry spell. 

Vine Maple Tree

Vine maples trees are another relatively small tree that requires very little care in order to thrive. It has a spreading growth habit that makes it a good choice for a specimen planting, although it's also a popular choice for mass plantings for those with plenty of space. Its summer leaves are bright green and turn to gold and orange in the fall. Because vine maples are native to most of the U.S., they generally don't require any extra summer watering except during drought conditions. 

Golden Rain Tree

Golden rain trees produce hanging spires of bright yellow blooms that look like sweet pea flowers — which makes sense, because these trees are in the same family as peas. The tree blooms in late spring and early summer, it's often hard to see its light green leaves because of all the flowers. Because of its delicate beauty, this tree looks like it's probably high maintenance, but nothing could be further from the truth — golden rain trees thrive on neglect and are ideal for planting in poor soils and are impervious to pests and pathogens. However, they do appreciate a drink during periods of extreme drought.

For more help, contact a company like Hudson & Sons Tree Service.

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