Plant Types / Trees

 

Trees, Evergreen Trees, Flowering Trees,

Trees

Among the most permanent plants in the landscape, trees are the biggest and most enduring plants you can grow - and also the most expensive. Therefore, selecting the right tree is very important. Find beautiful, low-maintenance, pest- and disease-resistant trees that will provide four-season interest, color, and beauty to your landscape or small garden.


Trees Guides


Salix discolor (Pussy Willow)

Salix discolor (Pussy Willow) is a rounded large shrub or small deciduous tree boasting broadly elliptic bright green leaves adorned with bluish undersides. Before the foliage emerges in late winter or early spring, male trees produce a showy display of silky, pearl gray catkins, 1.5 in. long (3 cm), along their red-brown stems.

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Sambucus nigra 'Black Beauty' (Elderberry)

Noted for its dramatic foliage, award-winning Sambucus nigra 'Black Beauty' (Elderberry) is a large, upright, deciduous shrub or small tree adorned with a striking lacy foliage of deeply dissected, deep purple leaves from spring to fall.

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Saucer Magnolia (Magnolia × soulangeana)

One of the most popular deciduous Magnolias, Magnolia x soulangeana, or Saucer Magnolia, is a spreading tree or large shrub festooned with an incredible profusion of fragrant flowers in early to mid spring.

Sorbus 'Joseph Rock' (Mountain Ash)

An ideal specimen tree for small gardens, Sorbus 'Joseph Rock' (Mountain Ash) is a pretty, upright, deciduous tree with a long season of interest. In late spring it produces charming clusters of white flowers, 4 in. (10 cm), which are quickly followed by abundant clusters of vibrant, butter-yellow fruits. The elegant foliage of blue-green, pinnate leaves is divided into up to 21 leaflets, and casts light shade in the summer months. It warms up to glowing shades of orange, purple and red in the fall

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Sorbus alnifolia (Korean Mountain Ash)

An ideal specimen tree for small gardens, Sorbus alnifolia (Korean Mountain Ash) is a small, densely-branched, deciduous tree with a long season of interest. Attractive in form, elegant in flower, colorful in fruit and foliage, Sorbus alnifolia stars in almost every season of the year.

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Star Magnolia (Magnolia stellata)

Native to Japan, Magnolia stellata, also known as Star Magnolia, is a small deciduous tree with incredibly pretty star-shaped flowers in late winter or early spring. While the blossoms are fairly small, 4 in. across (10 cm), they are packed with up to 40 long and narrow tepals and are extremely showy

Stewartia pseudocamellia (Japanese Stewartia)

Noted for its attractive exfoliating bark, fall color and delicate blooms, award-winning Stewartia pseudocamellia (Japanese Stewartia) is a small deciduous tree with multiseason interest.

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Styrax japonicus (Japanese Snowbell)

Very showy and elegant, Styrax japonicus (Japanese Snowbell) is a deciduous tree with gracefully spreading branches and a rounded crown. In late spring to early summer, masses of fragrant, bell-shaped, white flowers with showy golden-yellow stamens, appear in pendulous racemes.

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Styrax obassia (Fragrant Snowbell)

Very showy and desirable, Styrax obassia (Fragrant Snowbell) is a small, upright deciduous tree or large shrub of rounded habit with multi-season interest. In late spring to early summer, masses of fragrant, bell-shaped, glistening white flowers with showy golden-yellow stamens, appear in pendulous racemes.

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Syringa reticulata 'Ivory Silk' (Japanese Tree Lilac)

Award-winner Syringa reticulata 'Ivory Silk' (Japanese Tree Lilac) is a large shrub or small tree with an oval to rounded crown. In early summer, a profusion of huge clusters, 6-12 in. long (15-30 cm), packed with fragrant, tiny creamy-white flowers adorn the tree. Flowering begins at a young age on this sturdy, compact tree.

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Syringa reticulata (Japanese Tree Lilac)

Syringa reticulata (Japanese Tree Lilac) is a large shrub or small tree with an oval to rounded crown. In early summer, a profusion of huge clusters, 6-12 in. long (15-30 cm), packed with musky-scented, tiny creamy-white flowers adorn the tree for about two weeks.

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Syringa reticulata subsp. pekinensis 'Beijing Gold' (Pekin Lilac)

Syringa reticulata subsp. pekinensis 'Beijing Gold' (Pekin Lilac) is a very floriferous deciduous tree of graceful, upright habit with multiple seasons of interest.

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Syringa reticulata subsp. pekinensis 'China Snow' (Pekin Lilac)

Hardy and beautiful, award-winning Syringa reticulata subsp. pekinensis 'China Snow' (Pekin Lilac) is a very floriferous deciduous tree of graceful, upright-rounded habit with multiple seasons of interest.

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Syringa reticulata subsp. reticulata 'Snowdance' (Japanese Tree Lilac)

Noted for its remarkably heavy blooms, Syringa reticulata 'Snowdance' (Japanese Tree Lilac) is a large shrub or small tree with an oval to rounded crown. In early summer, a profusion of huge clusters packed with fragrant, tiny creamy-white flowers adorn the tree. Flowering begins at a young age on this sturdy, compact tree.

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Tamarix ramosissima (Tamarisk)

A truly beautiful deciduous shrub or small tree with a loose, open habit, Tamarix ramosissima (Tamarisk) features reddish, arching branches and graceful plumes of pink flowers on shoots produced earlier in the season. Produced in late summer to fall, the flowers are so profuse that they transform the shrub into a feathery mass of rosy-pink.

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Taxodium distichum (Bald Cypress)

Long-lived and majestic, Taxodium distichum (Bald Cypress) is a deciduous coniferous tree of great beauty. It enjoys an upright, pyramidal form that enhances many landscapes. Unlike most cone-bearing trees, Bald Cypress loses its needles each winter and grows a new set in spring.

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Taxus baccata 'Dovastoniana' (English Yew)

Taxus baccata 'Dovastoniana' (Irish Yew) is a large, spreading, evergreen shrub or small tree with horizontal branches adorned with pendulous tips and sometimes, several upright central leaders. It is densely clothed in dark green leaves. This male cultivar occasionally produces a female branch adorned with conspicuous, coral-red seed-bearing cones.

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Thuja 'Green Giant' (Arborvitae)

Tall and narrow, Thuja standishii × plicata ‘Green Giant’ (Arborvitae) is a majestic, evergreen tree of conical to pyramidal habit with sprays of rich glossy green foliage year-round. Fast-growing, up to 5 ft. per year (150 cm), it is regarded as a disease-free substitute for Leland cypress. Forming a majestic exclamation point in the landscape, it is excellent as a specimen plant and for screens or hedges. 

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Thuja plicata 'Fluffy' (Western Arborvitae)

Thuja plicata 'Fluffy' (Western Arborvitae) is an elegant, evergreen tree of narrow pyramidal habit with sprays of glossy, bold foliage that emerges a cheerful glowing yellow color. It maintains its lovely color year-round and is resistant to wind burn. Forming a majestic exclamation point in the landscape, it adds structure and shape to the garden. Excellent for use in hedgerows and borders.

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Trachycarpus fortunei (Chinese Windmill Palm)

Extremely hardy, award-winning Trachycarpus fortunei (Chinese Windmill Palm) is an evergreen palm forming a small tree with a terminal tuft of deeply divided, fan-shaped, dark green leaves, up to 3 ft. wide (1 m). They rise atop a stout trunk that is densely covered with hairy black fibers from old leaf sheaths. Incredibly easy to grow, Chinese Windmill Palm produces large, dangling sprays of small, light yellow flowers in summer which give way to dark blue fruits.

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Viburnum lentago (Nannyberry)

Viburnum lentago (Nannyberry) is a large, suckering, deciduous shrub or single- or multi-stemmed small tree noted for its eye-catching flower clusters, shiny foliage, fall color and fruit display.

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Viburnum prunifolium (Blackhaw)

Very ornamental, Viburnum prunifolium (Blackhaw) is a large, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub or small tree noted for its eye-catching flower clusters, colorful berries and attractive fall color.

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Vitex agnus-castus 'Shoal Creek' (Chaste Tree)

Adding fresh, long-lasting color in the summer garden, Vitex agnus-castus 'Shoal Creek' (Chaste Tree) is a deciduous, vase-shaped shrub noted for its long blooming season and disease-resistant foliage.

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Yucca rostrata (Beaked Yucca)

Perhaps the most handsome yucca, Yucca rostrata (Beaked Yucca) is a very ornamental, slow-growing, evergreen tree-like yucca forming a perfectly symmetrical pom-pom, full of hundreds of 2 ft. long (60 cm), sharp-tipped, pale bluish-green leaves. This shimmering rosette is mounted atop a tree trunk, which is covered with the soft gray fibers of the old leaves, creating a silver haze.

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