Shade / Ornamental
Trees planted immediately around the house provide shade and thus cool the atmosphere. Animals living in or near houses also benefit. Species are often chosen which also produce fruits, or for their beauty.
Certain considerations need to be taken when planting trees near the home. Roots of trees planted too close can damage the foundation, while limbs can harm the roof. Also, trees should not be planted close to electrical or telephone lines, or underground plumbing. It is often advisable to manage the canopy by pollarding. This helps to avoid damage or injury in case a tree falls.
Common genera planted near the home include many that produce edible parts listed above. Additional genera include Albizia, Calliandra, Erythrina and Enterolobium.