Photographs of deciduous trees commonly used
to provide lawn and landscape areas with a wide range of colors,
textures and heights. Our photos include the most popular Ash, Beech,
Birch, Honeylocust, Linden, Maple, and Sweet Gum. Due to the ongoing expansion of our tree photo library, you will find
our tree photos divided among 5 tree photo web pages.
PHOTOS OF DECIDUOUS TREES Click thumbnail image
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ACER palmatum 'Bloodgood' Bloodgood Japanese Maple
Excellent red leaf color.
Slow to moderate growth to 25 ft.
Butterfly Japanese Maple
Grow in sun to partial shade. Slow upright growth to 12 ft tall x 12 ft
dissectum Cutleaf Japanese Maple
Small, slow growing specimen trees, wider than they are tall.
Red leafed varieties are the most popular, but green is nice as well.
Protect from late spring frosts!
'Orido Nishiki' Japanese Maple
- Orido Nishiki Best grown in
partial shade, but needs sun to bring out the unique multicolored green,
pink and white foliage. Slow growth to 15 ft tall x 15 ft wide.
'Sangokaku' Japanese Maple
- Sangokaku Bright green
leaves contrasted by bright red branches.
Crimson King Maple Popular for its season-long
crimson foliage. Slow to moderate rate of growth to 45 feet tall and 35
feet wide. Narrow growing while young, the tree's crown broadens with
age. Leaves will scorch under dry conditions. 'Royal Red' is reported to be
more cold hardy than Crimson King. 'Crimson Sentry' can be used
in smaller spaces, growing 25 ft tall x 15 ft wide.
rubrum 'October Glory' October Glory Maple Good lawn tree with orange, red and yellow fall color. Moderate to
fast growth to 50 ft. height with 35 ft. width.
rubrum 'Red Sunset' Red Sunset Maple Great lawn tree with an oval shape and silver bark. Fall
foliage turns brilliant red to orange-red. Moderate to fast growth to 50
ft. height with 35 ft. width.
BETULA nigra River Birch
Hardy variety of birch that is
less prone to the insect problems of European White Birch.
Exfoliating, colorful bark creates interest in the garden. Tolerant of
alternating moisture conditions.
Moderate to fast growth to 50 ft.
BETULA nigra 'Crimson Frost' Crimson
Rarely seen Birch with crimson
leaves and a medium growth rate. Prefers full sun.
BETULA pendula European
An all-time favorite for its
bright white bark. Unfortunately, this birch is troubled by a host of
enemies, its nemesis being the deadly birch borer. Pay close attention
to preventative maintenance if you cultivate this variety of birch in
Wet snow and ice storms will bend these trees to the ground.
Moderate to fast growth to 50 ft.
CORYLUS avellana 'Contorta' Harry
Lauder's Walking Stick
Twisted and curled branches
create interest, especially during winter months when leaves have
dropped. Vertically growing 'suckers' must be kept trimmed from root
Height and width to 10 feet with a pyramidal shape. Cut branches used in
dried arrangements for interest.
Fine cut fern-like green leaves
turn golden brown in fall. Slow growth to 50 ft tall x 40 ft wide with a
Slow growing weeping form of
Beech with green leaves. Height to 50 feet. Interesting specimen where
there is adequate room for growth.
Popular for its colorful
variegated leaf with pink and cream coloration on the margins.
Most beeches tend to be thin and narrow when young, filling out with
age. Be sure to allow room for future growth.
Slow growth to 50 ft.
FRAXINUS spp. Ash Tree
There are several varieties of
ornamental Ash trees such as Autumn Applause, Marshall Seedless and
Summit. Most varieties are fast growing to 50 ft.
GINKGO biloba Maidenhair
Oldest tree on Earth, and the
only tree without any insect or disease problems. Slow growth to 70 ft
tall x 40 ft wide. Only the male is cultivated due the 'stinky cheese'
smell of the female's fruit. Long-lived and very hardy tree with
distinctive fan-shaped, fossil looking leaves. Bright yellow fall leaf
GLEDITSIA triacanthos inermis Thornless Honeylocust Medium to large trees that are known for their toughness
and tolerance of city conditions, including salt. 'Sunburst' variety is
grown for its gold coloration.
Watch for mimosa webworm insect.
Moderate to fast growth to 45 ft in full sun. [Note fall coloration in
'Sunburst' Sunburst Honeylocust Grow in full sun to partial shade. Leaves emerge yellow
then turn light green. Moderate rate of growth to 60 ft. tall x 40 ft.
wide. Open, spreading branches, with no thorns or pods.
styraciflua Sweet Gum
Attractive star-shaped leaves, especially in 3-dimensional fall colors
of scarlet, yellow and orange. Moderate to rapid growth to 75 ft. height
with 45 ft. width. Complaints: surface roots, drops gumballs.
QUERCUS palustris Pin Oak
Popular oak used for commercial
and home landscaping due to its faster growth than most oaks. Pyramidal
growth to 75 feet tall x 35 feet wide. With age, the lower branches
droop and must be removed to maintain clearance for pedestrians and
vehicles. Drops most of its leaves in the fall and the rest in early
Pruning your Oaks?
Avoid pruning oaks while they are
actively growing. Oaks should only be pruned during the dormant
season: November thru late-March. This is one of the most
important ways to protect valuable oaks from oak wilt. This fungal
disease is transmitted by bark and sap beetles that are attracted to
fresh pruning wounds. It is almost always fatal, especially to
species in the red oak group – black oak, red oak, pin oak, scarlet
oak, and shingle oak are some of the most common landscape oaks in our
area. Prevention is the most important control for oak wilt; there is no
chemical control once trees are infected.
QUERCUS rubra Northern
One of the faster growing oaks.
Can be planted as an ornamental shade tree if you have the space.
Moderate growth to 90 ft. tall x 70 ft. wide. Deep red fall leaf color.
SALIX integra 'Hakuro Nishiki' Nishiki
Dappled Willow on Standard
Frequent trimming creates the
best tri-colored foliage of green, pink and white on new growth. Growth
can be rapid and vigorous to 6 ft wide x 12 ft tall on this grafted
version of the plant. Best in partial sun. Will tolerate wet areas.
Dappled Willow sheared into a small tree
Weeping willows add great
interest to a landscape with wet soil conditions, but are banned from
planting in some townships due to their invasive root systems,
especially into older terra cotta sewer lines. Weeping willows should be
planted where they have plenty of room to grow.
Weeping Willows on a golf course
TAXODIUM distichum Bald
Cypress Moderate rate of
growth to 80 ft x 30 ft wide. Tolerates a wide range of soils, including
wet soil. Heat tolerant.
Fast growing family of trees with
the Greenspire reaching 50 ft. Makes a good lawn or street tree.