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shade tree

a tree planted or valued for its shade.
Origin of shade tree
An Americanism dating back to 1800-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It is widely planted as a shade tree, and has escaped from cultivation.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • In Indiana it has been used in all parts as an ornamental and shade tree.

    Trees of Indiana

    Charles Clemon Deam
  • It is, therefore, quite extensively planted as a shade tree.

    Forest Trees of Illinois Fuller George D.
  • In this drawing you will observe how lovingly the shade tree shelters the cacao.

    Cocoa and Chocolate Arthur W. Knapp
  • Value for planting: Suitable as a shade tree for suburban streets.

    Studies of Trees Jacob Joshua Levison
  • It is a superb avenue and shade tree for Northern cities, and in this capacity it is as yet little known.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
  • It is an admirable lumber tree, as well as a noble street and shade tree.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
  • At twelve feet it branched in two, each division bigger than any shade tree in town.

    The Adventures of Bobby Orde Stewart Edward White

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