‘Top 20’ Trees and Shrubs to Increase Property Value Tracy Walsh Photo

May 26, 2022
Top 20 List of Trees and Shrubs to Increase Property Released

Nearly 50% of American homeowners say they intend to invest more in their trees and shrubs as part of their overall outdoor maintenance this year, according to a recent study by lawn care provider TruGreen.

TruGreen and the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) listed top trees and shrubs that can increase property value. Well-landscaped yards with mature trees and bushes that provide privacy not only drive higher prices by 6 to 19%, but sell more quickly than houses with little or no landscaping, according to the NALP.

“Planting hardy trees and shrubs that are disease-resistant and are well-suited for the region in which you live makes a huge difference in both maintenance and value,” said Jennifer Myers, senior director of workforce development of NALP and executive director of NALP Foundation. “Beyond a plant’s make-up, where it goes on the property is equally as important — its access to sunlight will determine the best species. Here are the attributes of valuable trees to keep in mind — a large canopy for shade, fast growth, color, and provides screening for privacy.”

NALP lists the following top 20 trees and shrubs that can add value to a home and boost curb appeal:


  1. Azalea
  2. Burning Bush
  3. Butterfly Bush
  4. Cherry Laurel
  5. Hosta
  6. Hydrangea
  7. Nandina
  8. Oakleaf Hydrangea
  9. Rhododendron
  10. Roses


  1. Black Cherry
  2. Black Tupelo
  3. Crape Myrtle
  4. Linden
  5. Northern Red Oak
  6. Red Maple
  7. Southern Magnolia
  8. Sugar Maple
  9. White Fir
  10. White Oak

Photo credit: Tracy Walsh / Bailey Nurseries


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