Woody landscaping plants represent a natural resource of considerable economic, cultural and strategic importance. Landscaping with woody plants to create a relatively low-maintenance, long-living habitat that attracts songbirds. Well-planned wooded areas also make good privacy screens. Woody landscaping plants come in all shapes and sizes, from tall and erect to low and creeping. Woody plants are available from low-growing ground cover type plants to 100-foot towering trees. Woody plants are a permanent, year long presence in the landscape which helps determine their major uses. They can provide a canopy for outdoor rooms, create a backdrop for ornamental herbaceous plants, provide shade from the hot summer sun or shelter from winter winds, help conserve energy in our homes, screen undesirable views, provide edible food for us, and visually balance buildings in the landscape.