Looking to add a tree to your yard? Trees can provide character, beauty, privacy and shade, but they last a long time. Before planting your new tree, make sure you have all the facts.

Plan ahead when planting a small tree. It will eventually grow to be a large tree, so give it plenty of space to expand. Think about shade patterns as the tree gets taller and its proximity to the house.

Avoid trees with invasive roots, messy berries, smelly flowers or ones that attract unwanted insects. Once it’s in your yard, it will be there for many years to come. Don’t waste your money by purchasing a tree you don’t like.

Plant a tree adapted to the climate where you live. Check hardiness, moisture requirements and whether it is a native species. If you need advice about the type of tree to plant in your area, contact your local extension service for recommendations.