People decry the removal of trees from parcels of land that are being developed for new homes. Too often, they are all too accurate.
The pressure in the Wake County, North Carolina to develop all land within a reasonable distance from Cary or Raleigh or the Research Triangle Park has pressed builders and developers to offer smaller and smaller lots. But Buyers are demanding larger homes. Those 6,000 square foot homes on 1/5 acre lots leave precious little room for most species of desirable large shade trees.
I fear that we will never see homeowners planting and nurturing willow oaks to their full 120 foot plus spread. It seems that some form of pear tree, Bradford or Cleveland, will be the default choices, depending on whether you have room for a globe or a columnar form.
Bradford Pears in bloom along MacArthur Drive.
And while decorative trees are certainly beautiful, and fit into many yards, they will never grow to offer the benefits in maturity that we receive from gloriously spreading hardwoods.
But, there is hope! Cary has many established neighborhoods with mature hardwood shade trees and mature landscaping. if you can forgo new construction, consider a home in Stoneybrook Estates, Farmington Woods, Oxxford Hunt, MacArthur Park, Preston neighborhoods, Northwoods, Arlington Ridge, Dutchess Village, Oakwood Heights, Madison Heights, Homestead, Carrousel Park, Wimbledon, MacGregor Downs, Kildaire Farms, Ridgepath, Trappers Run, Scottish Hills, Greenwood Forest, Walnut Hills, or one of many other fine neighborhoods.
The really nice thing is that many of these older neighborhoods enjoy some of the most convenient locations in Cary!