There's a couple of spots in the back yard that I've decided I want trees in, largely because we lost an oak in a June storm and I'd like to restore some of the lost shade and privacy. Right now I'm thinking that rather than buy anything I'll relocate a holly and a magnolia which have sprung up on their own on our property. I realize that neither are likely to grow quickly because it's still rather shady back there, so I may decide on another solution.
However that decision goes, this time of year is a good time to be thinking about trees. In the summer trees blend into a seemingly solid mass of green so that I'm not too conscious of the individual species. In the winter with all the deciduous leaves down, differentiating among the types is more difficult. It's the months of change, mostly in October and April, that the individuality stands out.