If you are paying too much in energy costs to keep your home cool in the summer, you might want to consider planting some trees on your property. Trees can live for many years, up to several decades and even centuries depending on the species and how well it is nurtured. Trees are a really good investment and will grow to be strong and beautiful and offer shade for your home.

Of course, not just any tree should be planted n your front yard. You want to avoid trees that easily succumb to disease, trees that drop bothersome sticks or leave messy fruit on your lawn in the fall. Planting trees in your yard give your property aesthetic appeal and your family will enjoy the trees you plant and the memories they create.

Trees play an important role in protecting and cooling your home. Trees planted on the north and west sides of your home will offer windbreaks and reduce heat. Trees planted on the south and east sides of your home will provide shade in the summer and when they shed their leaves in the fall, they allow the sun to shine through and warm your home in the winter.

A fully-grown and mature tree in your yard or garden can increase your property value by as much as 10 percent. Not a bad return on your investment. Planting trees in your yard or garden will also reduce global warming and ease the greenhouse effect caused by carbon dioxide.

Total Care Heating and Air, your AC service in San Bernardino, offers this list of trees best-suited for your property.

The Callery Pear Tree

The Callery Pear tree is often singled out as a great tree to plant in your yard due to its resistance to blight and limb breakage and for its great form and bright foliage.  Compared to other pear trees, the Callery Pear tree grows strong limbs that don’t break very easily. This tree also produces small white flowers in the spring, which look amazing. In the fall, its leaves turn a rich plum color.

Chinese Pistache

The Chinese Pistache is a native tree of China and Taiwan. It is a handsome ornamental hardwood shade tree filled with finely-divided dark green leaves. It grows at a moderate rate and will wind up between 25 and 40 feet tall and 25 to 30 feet wide.

This tree might look a little awkward at first, but it will eventually become symmetrical and form into an upright oval shape. If you happen to have a female tree, you will enjoy clusters of red fruit that birds just love to eat.

Autumn Purple Ash

The Autumn Purple Ash is a rapidly growing deciduous shade tree that bears red to maroon colored leaves in the fall. This is a male only tree that produces no seeds and is native to the eastern United States.

A single truck supports the rounded canopy of foliage that matures to a height of between 40 and 50 feet. The deep glossy green leaves do a wonderful job keeping your home in the shade.

Silk Tree

Silk trees are quite easy to grow and they need just a little space to accommodate their arching habit. Silk trees just need enough water to keep them moist and they thrive in just about any soil type. Mature trees open up to a lovely “V” shape and can reach about 30 feet high.


The Boxelder is one of the best known and most widespread of the maples. It is a small, deciduous tree that is fast-growing and short-lived. It has a broad rounded crown that will often branch off into lower multiple trucks. This is a tree that will not only do a great job to keep your home cool in the summer, it looks great as well.

Catalina Cherry Tree

This medium sized native tree is often referred to as a shrub. It grows rather fast and can reach a height of about 40 feet. It has white flowers in the spring and delicious, edible cherries in the fall. In addition to a sweet scent, it attracts birds and butterflies. It is really an ideal tree for any property.

But before you rush out and buy a tree, contact Total Care Heating and Air to schedule a service appointment.