Types Of Trees Found In Denver, CO and the Rocky Mountains

Denver is the capital city of Colorado State in the United States of America. It is an old metropolis dating back to the old west era. The city is a tourist destination, it has a vast array of parks and museums that speak a lot about American history.  However its most attractive feature has to be its nature.  Among the attractions is the Rocky Mountains National Park. Often people go up there for hiking and the mountains offer some beautiful views that are made beautiful by not only the moutains but the trees as well.

There are a great number of tree species found up in those mountains. Both deciduous and coniferous trees are found and we will talk about a few of them today:

Types of trees found in Denver

The types of trees can be divided into deciduous and coniferous trees, here’s a breakdown below:

(A). Deciduous Trees

These are trees that shed their leaves annually with the oncoming of winter. The types of deciduous trees found in Denver, Colorado include the following:

  • Boxelder (Acer Negundo) Tree in Denver, CO

    A Boxelder on a sunny day in Denver.

    Boxelder (Acer negundo)

It is an indigenous species. The bark of the tree appears a color between a light grey and a light brown and has fissures when it is a seedling which later on develop into furrows as it enlarges to become a tree. It has compound leaves is a cluster of between 3 to 5 pinnate leaflets. The leaflets are 2 to 4 inches long and are green with the top side being paler than the lower side.

They have seeds that are dispersed by wind and hence are winged in adaptation. Their fruits are green when developing but turn tan once mature. The tree can grow up to 35 feet. They are adaptable trees due to the fact that their seeds are dispersed by wind.

  • Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana)
Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana)

A Chokecherry in downtown Denver.

The bark is of a copper color. It is dotted with numerous lenticels for aeration. These lenticels later develop into groves as the tree ages. The leaves are a dark green and glossy with the underside being paler than the top. The leaves are single with a length of 1 to 4 inches and having serrated margins. The fruits are cherry-like in appearance and vary in color from dark red to dark purple.

Other deciduous trees in Denver include: Gambel oak, Narrowleaf Cottonwood, Peachleaf Willow. Plains Cottonwood and Rocky Mountain Maple.

(B). Coniferous Trees

These are trees belonging to the class Coniferales. They are tree species that are evergreen as they do not shed their leaves. They have leaves shaped like pines and they develop cones as their fruits. They usually fertilize asexually. Among the coniferous trees of Denver, Colorado are:

  • Blue Spruce (Picea pungens)
Blue Spruce (Picea pungens)

A Blue Spruce in Boulder, CO

They are characterized by their needle-shaped leaves that are blue in color hence the name. They have brown barks that usually are encrusted by a thick layer of scales for trees that are mature. Their cones are shiny and light brown in color. The seeds are winged as they are dispersed by wind. The trees ca attain a height of 115 feet.

  • Bristlecone Pine. (Pinus aristata)

The color of the bark of this tree usually changes. It is light brown when the tree is an infant but alters to a copper color when the tree matures. The leaves are dark green and are usually densely clustered around a twig. The cones are cylindrical and dark purple in color. Seeds are winged but the wings are detachable.  See image below:

Bristlecone Pine. (Pinus aristata)

Bristlecone Pine, one of the more uniquely shaped trees of the Rocky region.

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What to Look for in a Professional Tree Care Specialist in Denver

Beautiful trees do much more than enhance our landscape. They also improve the very quality of our lives by shielding noise, creating oxygen, increasing curb appeal and overall property value, while providing vital shade for our homes, enhancing our homes landscape, gardens, and lawns appeal.

Over the years, we have become the No. 1 Arborists in Denver due to our expertise and knowledge on what it takes to grow healthy and fruitful trees in our semi-arid Denver, Colorado climate. We take great pride in our unparalleled reputation as leading tree care experts. In a field that is riddled with unscrupulous wannabe tree specialist, our longstanding customers are a clear testament to our dedication to offering honest and above board service.

Tree care services can include:
– Supplemental watering.
– Tree and shrub fertilization.
– Stump grinding.
– Tree stumps removal.
– Tree and shrub trimming and pruning.
– Treatment and disease outbreak curbing.
– Organic mulching.
– Holiday lighting.
– Tree planting.


What to look for in a tree care specialist in Denver, CO. is a common question by most tree owners. These essential tips will help you to navigate through the dozens of tree experts listings and finally find a professional company.

  • Experience:

A tree specialist is worth his experience. Experience acquired through grueling hours of dedicated tree care services through storms, winter, heat, and diseases. Settle for a tree care specialist who has enough experience providing care services to a broad range of trees.

  • Insurance:

Accidents either of a personal or property nature are very common in this industry. That is why a tree care specialist company should have a comprehensive public liability cover and a personal accident and workman compensation insurance for its staff. These two covers indemnify you from any claims in case of an accident while any work is being done on your trees.

  • Emergency tree removal:

Emergency services will always come at a premium. However, if you have a tree leaning dangerously against your home or it’s blocking your driveway after a storm, then you need to have it removed immediately. Settle for a company that provides 24 hours a day, 7 days a week emergency services.

  • Tools and technology:

A tree care specialist company MUST have the requisite tools and technology to handle any work. Tools include; bucket trucks to handle tall trees, track loaders for clearing root networks, aerial lifts to access trees overhanging buildings, spikes to climbs trees, cables, chippers, chainsaws, and stump grinders.

A qualified, professional tree care specialist will add valuable life and health into your trees. Make the right choice, choose wisely. Your trees will outlive you.

Welcome to Tree Removal Denver!

Welcome to our site!  We are proud to have served the Denver and Colorado communities for over 10 years.  Here are some of our most common services.  If you require special assistance or custom services, please call us to discuss you exact needs.

Tree Removal

Tree Removal DenverA full takedown and removal can be a difficult and delicate task.  However, as our name suggests, we are the top specialists when it comes to tree removal throughout Denver and it’s surrounding areas, so we can handle even the most difficult jobs.   We offer free estimates for all of our jobs.

Tree removal is only an ideal option when a tree is dying, or considered irreparably hazardous, or it’s causing obstruction not possible to correct through pruning.  However it can sometimes be necessary for building developments or other construction projects.

Our tree experts can determine the best action when removing a tree; sometimes they may recommend relocation or replacement by a more suitable tree type.

Stump Grinding

Stump Grinding DenverAfter tree cutting a tree, the work is not usually done; there will be a need to remove a stump. This is actually the hardest task. Many tree service companies seldom include stump removal leaving this unenviable task in the hand of a homeowner.

That’s why it’s important to select the best tree care professional, like those from Tree Removal Denver!  Our experts are happy to answer any questions you may have, provide free estimates, and provide the best possible service for you!

There are different ways to remove a stump, but grinding is the most preferred way. Stump grinding is not something you should try at home, although some homeowners do.  The exact course of action will depend on the type of a tree stump, its root systems, your soil conditions, age of the stump among other things.  We will handle all that and more if you give us a call to schedule your free estimate.

Tree Trimming and Pruning

tree trimming denverAll trees grow quickly, hence a need to be trimmed or lopped. The main objective of tree trimming is to improve the tree structure and of course its overall health. Your tree care professionals will be able to assess the trimming needs, select the branches that will be removed either to create a better tree structure, lessen wind resistance or to reduce problems related to storm damage. Most likely trimming will be done on young trees but as noted above that will definitely depend on your individual circumstances.

Pruning services provide various benefits to the tree and to you, as a homeowner. There are different ways pruning is done, but your ideal tree tree Service and removal company should be able to recommend the type of pruning necessary to maintain your tree or improve its health or its appearance. They may decide to remove self-infected or damaged limbs, dead limbs or eliminate branches that are rubbing each other. They will also remove limbs interfering with electric wires, building thereby obstructing views, sidewalks or streets.

Emergency Services

Emergency Tree Service DenverWe can also provide other auxiliary services like tree planting, fertilization, cabling and emergency tree care. The emergency service is especially very important especially during a storm when branches and the entire tree lands on a building, cars or other trees. A good tree care professional should assist in safe removal of the tree and determine the best cause of action to your tree without leaving your family exposed to dangers associated with improper tree care.

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