Shade trees are the glory of the yard on a hot, summer day. Did you know that temperatures under the canopy of a shade tree can be upwards of 25°F cooler than the surrounding sunny area? Planting a shade tree near your home can help to reduce energy used by air conditioners and consequently reduce money spent on home climate control. The benefits don’t end there, though! Many shade trees turn stunning shades of yellow, orange, or red in fall, provide food and habitat for wildlife, and can even offer tasty treats, such as maple syrup, for people.