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Trees

Ash - Fraxinus

Large deciduous tree with opposite leaves. Because of its size it is recommended to be planted in parks or larger landscaped areas. Ash wood is known for its toughness, strength and almost white color. Makes a great baseball bat.
Medium to fast growth rate.

Common varieties to the North East

  • White Ash/ Fraxinus americana
  • Green Ash Patmore/ Fraxinus pennsylvanica ‘Patmore’

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Birch - Betula

Birch has been a long time favorite in the landscape, used as a specimen or accent tree, usually set alone but can be interesting in a group planting. Equally impressive in single or multi-stem form. Bark characteristics are enhanced with age. A tree with true year-round landscape value.
Medium to fast growth rate.

Common varieties to the North East

  • River Birch/ Betula nigra  
  • Heritage River/ Betula nigra ‘Heritage’
  • European White/ Betula pendula
  • Youngii – weeping/ Betula pendula ‘Youngii’
  • Jacquemonti/ Betula jacquemontii
  • Royal Frost/ Betula platyphylla ‘Royal Frost’
  • Paperbirch/ Betula papyrifera
  • Whitespire/ Betula platyphylla japonica ‘Whitespire’


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Cherry, Flowering - Prunus

This widely used cherry has been the center of attention for many cities and town celebrations. Its full-blown pink, sometimes white, blossoms astonish observers when a street or park are lined with them.
Medium to fast growth rate.

Common varieties to the North East

  • Kwanzan/ Prunus serrulata ‘Kwanzan’
  • Autumnalis/ Prunus subhirtella ‘Autumnalis’
  • Snow Goose/ Prunus subhirtella ‘Snow Goose’

Weeping Cherry/ Prunus subhirtella ‘Pendula’

  • Snow Fountain/ Prunus subhirtella ‘Snofozam Pendula’

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Crabapple - Malus

True spring has arrived when the many varieties of crabapples along with the dogwoods are displaying their glorious colors. Too numerous to describe, the older varieties along with new hybrids varieties give the landscape designer many options of flower and leaf color to choose from. The crabapple comes in many canopy shapes as well as fragrant and non-fragrant flowers.
Slow to medium growth.

Common varieties to the North East

  • Prairiefire/ Malus ‘Prairifire’
  • Snowdrift/ Malus baccata ‘Snowdrift’
  • Springsnow/ Malus baccata ‘Springsnow’
  • Floribunda/ Malus floribunda ‘Floribunda’
  • Profusion/ Malus purpurea ‘Profusion’
  • Sargent/ Malus sargentii ‘Sargent’
  • Zumi/ Malus sieboldi ‘Zumi’
  • Indian Magic/ Malus spectabilis ‘Indian Magic’
  • Sugar Tyme/ Malus spectabilis ‘Sugar Tyme’

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Dogwood - Cornus

Thinking of spring brings memories of the dogwood.
Pink, white, red and crème colored branches adorn these great additions to the landscape. The dogwoods' fall color also impresses us as it turns from deep red to bronze. Cornus kousa will bring that showy flower later into June. With an impressive fruit that birds adore. Dogwood hybrids are also worth looking into.
Slow to medium growth rate.

Common varieties to the North East

Flowering Dogwood/ Cornus florida
  • Cherokee Princess/ Cornus florida ‘Cherokee Princess’
  • Cloud 9/ Cornus florida ‘Cloud 9’
  • Pink & Red/ Cornus rubra

Kousa, Chinese Dogwood/ Cornus kousa

  • Milkyway/ Cornus kousa ‘Milkyway’

Hybrid Dogwood/ Cornus hybrid

  • Stellar Pink/ Cornus Rutgers Hybrids ‘Stellar Pink’
  • Aurora/ Cornus Rutgers Hybrids ‘Aurora’
  • Celestial/ Cornus Rutgers Hybrids ‘Celestial’
  • Constellation/ Cornus Rutgers Hybrids ‘Constellation’

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Elm - Ulmus

The elm is another often overlooked tree for the landscape. Its large, often rounded canopy with small alternately, serrated leaves offer a different look for a shade tree. It is an extremely hardy tree with the addition of new hybrids that have been developed. The elm has a yellow to bronze fall foliage color.

Common varieties to the North East

  • Allee Elm/ Ulmus parviflora ‘Allee’
  • Valley Forge/ Ulmus americana ‘Valley Forge’

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Ginkgo - Ginkgo

Ginkgo is one of those trees no one is quite sure what it is but always inquire about. It is one of the oldest living tree species. This tree makes a great specimen as it has a very unique branching habit, leaf shape and texture. Fall color of the Gingko is an impressive bright yellow. Ginkgo are virtually trouble free as they have no insect or disease problems.
Slow to medium growth rate.

Common varieties to the North East

  • Princeton Sentry/ Gingko biloba ‘Princeton Sentry’

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Hawthorn - Crataegus

Hawthorns reputation precedes itself. Looking beyond those impaling thorns, Hawthorn flowers and fruit are rather impressive. Birds love to mingle amongst the branches as they feel safe from predators.
Medium growth rate.

Common varieties to the North East

  • Cockspur Hawthorn/ Crataegus crusgalli ‘Cockspur’
  • Washington Hawthorn/ Crataegus phaenopyrum ‘Washington’
  • Winter King Hawthorn/ Crataegus virdis ‘Winter King’

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Honey Locust - Gleditsia

The locust has proven to be a great filtered light-shade tree for parks, large lawn expanses and city applications. The various varieties all have their own leaf colors that are certainly an eye catcher.
Fast growth rate.

Common varieties to the North East

  • Halka/ Gleditsia triacanthos ‘Halka’
  • Imperial/ Gleditsia triacanthos ‘Imperial’
  • Shademaster/ Gleditsia triacanthos ‘Shademaster’
  • Skyline/ Gleditsia triacanthos ‘Skyline’
  • Sunburst/ Gleditsia triacanthos ‘Sunburst’

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Hornbeam - Carpinus

The Hornbeam is an old world classic. Fastigiata Hornbeam maintains a tall columnar growth habit that truly make a statement. Slow to medium growth rate.

Common varieties to the North East

European Hornbeam/ Carpinus betulus 
  • Fastigiata/ Carpinus betulus ‘Fastigiata’
  • Franz Fontaine/ Carpinus betulus ‘Franz Fontaine’

American Hornbeam/ Carpinus caroliniana

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Linden - Tilia

The Linden is an understated and often overlooked shade tree. The lustrous, dark, serrated leaves add an interesting texture to the landscape. The dense oval to pyramidal canopy, along with the Linden being relatively problem free, should make this an excellent choice for large areas.

Common varieties to the North East

  • Greenspire/ Tilia cordata ‘Greenspire’
  • Sterling/ Tilia cordata ‘Sterling’

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London Planetree, Sycamore - Platanus

Large and grand, the Sycamore as it is commonly known in the landscape arena is widely used on large properties. Sycamore, with its majestic branching habit and distinctive exfoliating bark as it matures, certainly makes this a tree of choice.

Common varieties to the North East

  • Bloodgood/ Platanus x acerifolia ‘Bloodgood’ 

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Magnolia - Magnolia

This is another tree that speaks of spring. “Star” magnolia flowers before the “Saucer” with its very distinct star shape and then come the magnificent display of the large cup-shape pink and white flowers that we all have come to know. The large pubescent buds also are a giveaway that spring is about to arrive. Magnolia hybrids are also to be considered.
Slow to medium growth rate.

Common varieties to the North East

  • Leonard/ Magnolia kobus x lobernii ‘Leonard’
  • Merrill/ Magnolia kobus x lobernii ‘Merrill’
  • Stellata/ Magnolia kobus x stellata ‘Royal Star’
  • Betty/ Mangolia soulangiana ‘Anne’
  • Jane/ Magnolia soulangiana ‘Jane’

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Maple - Acer

A true shade tree of majestic stature. The maple crosses many designers' needs for characteristics such as height, shade, disease and insect resistance. Well known for its magnificent fall colors.
Medium to fast growth.

Common varieties to the North East

Sugar Maple/ Acer saccharum
  • Commemoration/ Acer saccharum ‘Commemoration’
  • Green Mountain/ Acer saccharum ‘Green Mountain’
  • Legacy/ Acer saccharum ‘Legacy’
  • Majesty/ Acer saccharum ‘Majesty’

Red Maple/ Acer rubrum

  • Armstrong/ Acer rubrum ‘Armstrong’
  • Autumn Blaze/ Acer rubrum ‘Autumn Blaze’
  • Autumn Flame/ Acer rubrum ‘Autumn Flame’
  • Fairview Flame/ Acer rubrum ‘Fairview Flame’
  • October Glory/ Acer rubrum ‘October Glory’
  • Red Sunset/ Acer rubrum ‘Red Sunset’
  • Paperbark Maple/ Acer griseum
  • Trident Maple/ Acer buergeranium
  • Hedge Maple/ Acer campestre
  • Amur Maple/ Acer ginnala

 

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Oak - Quercus

Oak, another old, stately and reliable shade tree. The oak gives a sense of strength as it matures. The oaks canopy frames many large properties. If not for the oak, fall leaf peepers would miss out on a whole range of bronze colors. A host of our furry friends find the oak a source of lodging and food.

Common varieties to the North East

  • Swamp White Oak/ Quercus bi-color
  • Pin Oak/ Quercus palustis
  • Red Oak/ Quercus rubra

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Pear “Bradford” - Pyrus

The pears are a real spring eye opener. The explosion of white flowers in late April to early May places a smile on everyone's face. Many streets are lined with pear varieties. They work well standing alone as well as a specimen. The pear has a wonderful fall bronze color holding late into the season.
Medium to fast grower.

Common varieties to the North East

  • Callery/ Pyrus calleryana ‘Callery’ 
  • Aristocrat/ Pyrus calleryana ‘Aristicrat’ 
  • Chanticleer/ Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’ 
  • Redspire/ Pyrus calleryana ‘Redspire’ 

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Plum, Purple-leaf - Prunus

The purple-leaf plums have gained popularity mainly for a change in leaf color for a landscape design. They are however also beautiful in April when they explode with tiny pink flowers.
Fast growth rate.

Common varieties to the North East

  • Thundercloud/ Prunus cerasifera ‘Thundercloud’
  • Newport/ Prunus cerasifera ‘Newport’

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Redbud - Cercis

Redbud is designed into landscapes as a single specimen tree where a contorted branch habit is desired and a large reflective leaf can be enjoyed. It’s well known for its early flowering characteristic prior to leaf development. “Forest Pansy” adds a hint of purple to its leaf for added interest.
Medium growth rate.

Common varieties to the North East

  • Forest Pansy Redbud/ Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’ 

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Shadblow, Serviceberry - Amelanchier

Shadblow is often used in natural settings where a soft foliage characteristic is desired. Its bark characteristics become more graceful as it matures, especially in its multi-stem form. Berries attract birds in the fall. Early spring color is spectacular and its fall color is wonderful.
Medium growth.

Common varieties to the North East

  • Lamarckii/ Amelanchier x lamarckii
  • Autumn Brilliance/ Amelanchier grandiflora ‘Autumn Brilliance’

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Sweetgum - Liquidamber

Sweetgum is another tree that is a great addition to the large landscape. Its leaf characteristics are unique. The fruit also adds a value to its reputation as it persists into the late fall following an impressive splash of red foliage. Also selectively available in a seedless variety.
Medium to fast growth rate.

Common varieties to the North East

  • American Sweetgum/ Liquidamber styraciflua
  • Seedless Sweetgum/ Liquidamber styraciflua rotundiloba

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Zelkova - Zelkova

The Zelkova, because of its diversity in its foliage, canopy habit and interesting bark, makes tree a great choice for both urban and rural settings. The Zelkova matures well and has a wonderful fall splash of color.
Medium to fast growth rate

Common varieties to the North East

  • Green Vase/ Zelkova serrata ‘Green Vase’
  • Village Green/ Zelkova serrata ‘Village Green’

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