shade tree


: a tree grown primarily to produce shade

Examples of shade tree in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Imagine having space to entice new memories and traditions: tailgating in a parking lot under shade trees, for instance, on a sweltering day. Ellen Murphy, Kansas City Star, 25 Mar. 2024 Southern California residents can now get rebates not just for tearing out their grass lawns, but also for planting shade trees. Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times, 12 Mar. 2024 But in the late 1980s to early 1990s, the composition of those coffee farms had begun to change as farmers eliminated shade trees. Lesley Evans Ogden, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Jan. 2024 Enjoy the lush environs amid shade trees in the pecan grove for the daytime Valentine Picnic for Two on Feb. 10-18. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, 13 Feb. 2024 Not all coffee farms were monocultures, though, and in some regions, coffee was grown under shade trees. Lesley Evans Ogden, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Jan. 2024 Please highlight this issue and ask people to join the efforts that work toward planting large shade trees, specifically groups such as the local tree planting nonprofit Urban Forest Friends. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, 10 Jan. 2024 Six high-rise residential towers are under construction or soon will be on a campus whose growth could eventually push enrollment to 50,000 Facebook Show more sharing options A lot of shade trees that swished in a stiff sea breeze were cut down and carted away this summer at UC San Diego. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Sep. 2023 Scarlet oak is a popular shade tree because of its brilliant fall color. Arricca Elin Sansone, Southern Living, 19 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1806, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shade tree was in 1806

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“Shade tree.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

shade tree

: a tree grown chiefly to make shade
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