Trees may be the most important feature of our landscapes. They
provide beauty and enjoyment through their many forms, colors, flowers,
There are many less visible
benefits that make trees valuable assets. They enhance our environment
by producing oxygen, storing carbon, cooling streets, preventing
erosion, and filtering noise and pollutants. They can block wind
and screen undesirable views. Attractive trees and landscaping add
to a property’s real estate value.
Perhaps the most impressive benefit of trees is the dollars saved
on utility bills. Research has shown that properly located trees
can reduce air conditioning costs in homes and office buildings by
30 percent or more.
Too often, we take trees for granted and don’t properly plan
and plant. Not matching the right tree to the site can prevent the
desired aesthetic and environmental benefits and result in unexpected
liabilities and costs.
Selecting the right tree for the right place will help you get the
long-term benefits, beauty, and satisfaction from the trees you plant.
Questions about growing trees?
Check out the information on this website for selecting trees and planning your landscape, proper planting and tree care techniques, and our handy checklist for tree selection and placement. You can also download this same tree planting and care information in the "RIGHT TREE for the RIGHT PLACE" brochure (429K pdf).
Can't find the answer on our site -- the state's Master Gardeners will be happy to help with your tree planting questions.
Hawaiian Trees Book
Common Hawaiian Trees is a useful guide that celebrates indigenous
and native trees of Hawaii. The book describes 48 trees, providing
drawings and information such as growth rate, dimensions, root spread,
and water requirement. The publication also provides essential guidelines
for selecting, siting, planting, and caring for trees.
The book is graced by beautiful color artwork depicting the blossoms
of native Hawaiian trees, painted by Isabella Sinclair. The artist
lived on the islands of Niihau and Kauai from the mid-1860s to the
mid-1880s and was the first artist to publish a book featuring color
plates of Hawaiian flowers and plants.
Common Hawaiian Trees, ISBN number 0-9743341-0-3, is published
by Friends of Hawaii’s Urban Forest, a nonprofit corporation.
Proceeds from the sale of the book benefit nonprofit entities in