Trees and shrubs are aesthetically pleasing, beneficial to the environment, and certain varieties even produce food. Depending on where you plant a tree or shrub, you may even reap some home energy benefits. Trees and larger shrubs can provide shade during the warmer months of the year and can reduce wind chills during cooler seasons. Trees and shrubs also purify the air, taking in carbon dioxide - how much depends on the size and kind of tree or shrub. This improves air quality in the vicinity of the planting and reduces overall carbon in the atmosphere. It’s enough to make anyone want to be a treehugger!