Trees

Information on urban hardy species that have been tested for success.

Witch Hazel

Hamamelis virginiana Witch hazel is an excellent understory tree that produces fiery-yellow, fragrant flowers that stand out in the fall and winter. The extract witchhazel is distilled from the bark …

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Black Willow

Salix nigra The black willow has elongated green leaves and dark brown to black, deeply-furrowed bark. The tiny yellowish-green flowers that appear in catkins in the spring provide nectar for …

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American Sycamore

Platanus occidentalis The American sycamore is a tough, wide-canopied tree that will provide plenty of shade in the summer. Its signature brown bark exfoliates to reveal creamy whiter inner bark …

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Okame Cherry

Prunus x incamp ‘Okame’ Flowering much earlier than other cherries, the okame cherry displays carmine-pink blossoms in the late winter or early spring. Deep green foliage in the spring and …

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Loebner Magnolia

Magnolia x loebneri ‘Merrill’ A cross between Magnolia kobus and Magnolia stellata — this small, deciduous tree enjoys a rounded habit and star-like white flowers that appear before the leaves …

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Freeman Maple

Acer x freemanii A hybrid of the red and silver maple, this fast grower combines the best attributes of both in a stately, adaptable shade tree. Exceptionally bright red fall …

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Japanese Pagoda

Styphnolobium japonicum Contrary to its name, the Japanese pagoda is an ornamental shade tree native to China and Korea. It is able to withstand the rigors of urban life and …

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Shumard Oak

Quercus shumardii An urban tough tree with brownish-red fall foliage, the shumard oak is an excellent shade tree for any yard. Size and Light Requirements This oak prefers full sun, …

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Swamp White Oak

Quercus bicolor A favorite choice of professional arborists, the swamp white oak is a grand shade tree with distinct leaves that are a dark green color above while being silvery-white …

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White Oak

Quercus bicolor The sturdy white oak is a shade tree with a beautiful silhouette, dark green leaves and distinct grayish-white furrowed bark. It is known for its wood that is …

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Loblolly Pine

Pinus taeda The loblolly pine is a relatively fast-growing evergreen known for its straight trunk, upright form and distinctive bark. Its narrow form allows it to occupy a variety of …

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Pin Oak

Quercus palustris Before modern fasteners, pin oak wood was used to join, or “pin” construction timbers together, and so it was named. This a strong, upright shade tree commonly planted …

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Scarlet Oak

Quercus coccinea The scarlet oak, the District of Columbia’s state tree, is prized for its rich, red fall foliage from which it gets its name. Once established, the scarlet oak …

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Ginkgo

Ginkgo biloba A throwback to prehistoric times, the gingko is a beautiful shade tree with unique fan-shaped leaves that turn a beautiful yellow in fall, and distinctly furrowed corky bark …

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Pond Cypress

Taxodium ascendens The pond cypress is a graceful pyramid-shaped tree with dark, shaggy bark and light-green leaves that turn orange-red in the fall. Size and Light Requirements The pond cypress …

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