How to Accent Trees With Outdoor Lighting

Step 1


Position an in-ground, well light directly underneath a narrow tree. Small, spindly, or narrow trees will often appear more dramatic when up-lighted. Plant in-ground lights directly next to the tree’s trunk, and face them upwards. This technique gives small trees, like dwarf palms, an arresting impact despite their diminutive size.

Step 2


Aim a spotlight directly up the trunk of a large, bushy tree. Position the spotlight (you can use one or several) close to the tree’s trunk and aim it upwards, into the foliage. This technique will highlight the intricacy of its foliage, and illuminate the texture and form of the tree’s trunk and branches.

Use this technique when you want to accent a tree with an especially interesting trunk shape.




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