Hilly Yard? These Three Trees Grow Well On Sloped Land

Is your whole yard essentially a hill? When choosing trees to plant, you need to take this into account. Some trees grow better on hills that others – they have stronger root systems that anchor them into the sloped soil and allow them to grow up straight and tall anyways. Here's a look at a few of those slope-tolerant tree varieties you should consider planting.


Mesquite trees are known for their ability to withstand harsh conditions. Growing on a slope is nothing for these trees – they can also put up with rocky soils and long periods of drought, thanks to their extensive, two-tiered root systems. Mesquite trees tend to have sparse foliage, but they do have unique, dark-colored bark and broad canopies. Most varieties develop flowers in the late spring. They do release seed pods that will attract wildlife and may need to be periodically cleaned up.

Blue Juniper

If you're worried about your slope eroding, planting some blue junipers on it is a good idea. Their root systems are adept at stabilizing slopes and preventing erosion. Blue junipers come in several varieties, which range in size from small to large. They all require minimal care and are known for their blue berries with short, blue-green needles. They are evergreen, so they'll add color to your landscape even in the winter.

Blue junipers do require that your soil is well-drained. This is not usually an issue with sloped land, but you should avoid planting them closer to the bottom of the slope if moisture accumulates here after heavy rains.

Red Maple

If you're looking for a more common tree variety that your neighbors will instantly recognize, the red maple is the perfect choice. It's just common enough that it will be easy to find red maple saplings in any garden store. Yet, its bright red fall leaves make it more interesting than other common trees.

Red maples grow well in sloped, moist soils. They do release seed pods that attract wildlife such as deer and rabbits. Their bark is light gray in color, and their canopies are generally broad, allowing them to offer plenty of shade once mature.

Any of the above tree varieties would grow well on a slope. It's up to you to choose one that you find visually appealing, and that does well in your climate. A good way to tell which types of trees grow best in your area is to talk to a tree service, such as Quality Tree Service And Landscape Maintenance. They will know which trees can tolerate local growing conditions.