Real Estate and the Value of Trees

The beauty of a well-landscaped property and its neighborhood can significantly raise property values.

  • "Several recent nationwide surveys show that mature trees in a well-landscaped yard can increase the value of a house by 7 percent to 19 percent."
  • Pat Vredevoogd Combs, past president of the National Association of Realtors, "Well-landscaped yards with mature trees and bushes that provide privacy not only fetch higher prices -- they sell more quickly than houses with little or no landscaping"
  • Studies show that the more trees and landscaping a business district has, the more business will flow in.
  • Neighborhoods and homes that are barren have shown to have a greater incidence of violence in and out of the home than their greener counterparts.
  • A few trees placed strategically around a single-family home can cut summer air conditioning needs by up to 50 percent.
  • Shade from trees increases human comfort and slows water evaporation from thirsty lawns.
  • Trees shield children from ultra-violet rays.
  • Trees Heal: Studies have shown that patients with views of trees out their windows heal faster and with fewer complications. .
  • Trees provide a canopy and habitat for wildlife.
  • Trees can mask concrete walls or parking lots, and unsightly views.
  • Trees muffle sound from nearby streets and freeways, and create an eye-soothing canopy of green.