Trees in this category grow between 25 and 100 feet tall. There are options for different spaces with some staying as narrow as 8 ft. and others spreading almost as wide as they are tall. Unlike ornamental trees, shade trees are used primarily as a large shady landscape feature, but most selections also offer elements of ornamental shape, leaves, bark or flowers. A properly placed shade tree can drastically reduce the cooling cost for a home. Many understory trees and shrubs require shade, so planting a shade tree is in an open field is often the first step to establishing a more insteresting garden. When you plant a shade tree you will add value to your home and create a point of interest for adults and children to enjoy.