Choose a tree that can handle the conditions found in our USDA Hardiness Zone 6a. Plant in soil that has proper drainage. Some shade trees and shrubs require “staking” during their younger years. Your shade tree or shrub may also benefit from wrapping the trunk, some fertilization, adequate water, and even a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch on the surface of the soil to preserve moisture loss and control weeds.
10 Likable Shade Trees and Shrubs