The ultimate backyard oasis usually consist of a swimming pool, some shade trees, lots flowers and plants to enjoy the spring and summer days. For those who have the swimming pool, know that maintenance to keep your clean is very important. Debris from trees and plants can clog filters and lead to poor water conditions like green algae. Having shade trees that do not leave very much debris in your pool is recommended. Listed below are a few recommendations for best trees around pool.
Roots Can Damage Pools
Trees can grow and become problematic many years down the line. Tree root problems can penetrate your home foundation and the exterior of the pool cause drainage and structural problems. Always plan your trees around your pool with this in mind to avoid any future issues.
Pool Landscaping Trees
- Cascalote– this small to medium-size tree the real attraction lies in its yellow flowers and unique foliage. Beginning in the fall and continuing into winter, this tree is transformed when yellow flower spikes cover the entire tree
- Fruitless Olive Tree – This Mediterranean native boasts willow-like foliage of a soft gray-green. Trees are slow growers, usually reaching heights of 25 to 30 feet.
- Leather Leaf Acacia – Leatherleaf acacia is remarkably clean, and with very little maintenance it will develop a dense, rounded shape whether trained as a large shrub or small tree.
- Live Oak – Evergreen that likes full sun and grows to 40 feet. Subtle green flowers in the spring.
- Ironwood – Ironwood is a tough tree with beautiful birch-like leaves, grayish-brown flaky bark, fine-textured drooping branches, and attractive hop-like fruits. Ironwood is native hardwood tree and is resistant to many disease and insect problems. Excellent tree for naturalized landscapes.
- Red-Cap Gum – Quick growing with compact habit, growing to 25′ high and 12′ wide lush shiny, long green leaves, full, dense foliage. Attractive bright red caps pop open to bright yellow flower clusters in mid-summer. Use as small specimen residential shade tree.
- Willow Acacia – is an Australian tree that provides refreshing shade in low desert regions and drought tolerant. A fast grower, willow acacia is taller and more narrow than most native trees.
- Texas Mountain Laurel – This slow growing evergreen may be grown as a medium to large native shrub or trained to a single or multi-trunk tree. This tree has densely-flowered racemes of lavender or violet pea flowers having the sweet scent.
- Silk Floss Tree – Evergreen that likes full sun and grows to 30 feet. Pink to red flowers in the fall then loses its leaves.
Alternative to Pool Side Trees
Some options for pool side plants instead of trees offers more flexibility and the option to change your plants every other year as needed. Ornamental grasses and flowering vines are great options for pool side decor.
1. Ornamental Grasses – Ornamental grasses can be low maintenance and visually striking near pools.
- Yellow foxtail grass
- Giant reed
2. Vines – Vines offers a solution for pool landscapes that have limited space that would not be ideal for trees.
- Carolina Jessamine
- Trumpet vine
- Lady Banks rose
3. Containers Poolside Landscaping – Containers can be beautifully arranged with plants that would accent and highlight your pool area. They can also be moved around, depending on the time of year, occasion, etc.