Trees That are Great for Shade in the SummerCentral Valley homeowners who have planted trees that are great for shade in the summer are the heroes of their neighborhood. These shade trees are not only beautiful additions to their landscape, they also provide protection from the intense heat of Central Valley summers.


The best trees to provide shade in the summer are those that have a large canopy to filter out the harsh summer sun.



Fresno and Clovis are in USDA Hardiness Zone 9, so it’s important to choose shade trees that grow well in this zone.

Some of these trees include:

  • Valley Oak
  • Cork Oak
  • Red Maple
  • Black Walnut
  • Palo Verde
  • Flowering Pear or Ornamental Pear
  • California Sycamore
  • California Pepper Tree
  • Chinese Flame Tree
  • Chinese Pistache
  • Willow Oak
  • River Birch

Some of these trees that are great for shade in the summer turn beautiful colors in the fall. Some flower with blossoms in the spring.

Some have shallow roots and shouldn’t be planted in close proximity to sidewalks, pathways, driveways, or other concrete areas. Others have deeper root systems and can safely be planted in these areas.

Some grow rapidly. Others grow slowly.

How will the shade of the tree affect other trees, shrubs, plants, and even the lawn in your landscape? What is the best tree to complement the rest of your landscape and your home itself?



There’s a lot that goes into choosing, planting, and maintaining trees that are great for shade in the summer. And you don’t have to do it alone. We’re here to help.


Contact Mike’s Evergreen to learn more about how we can design your landscape.


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Mike’s Evergreen is the right choice for helping you choose and care for trees that will work great with your landscape because we are the Valley’s premier outdoor living experts. We work hard to understand your goals and provide quality results that will exceed your expectations. We understand that one of your biggest and most important investments is your home or business. Your objectives, lifestyle, personality, as well as the specific needs of your property are carefully considered to reflect a landscape that will provide beauty, function, and value to your home or property. Mike’s Evergreen offers a complete range of landscape services so we can make your yard look the way you intend it to.


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