1 Trees Under 30 Feet Fall Color Mature Size Growth Rate Flowers Fruit Tree Form State Region Comments American mountain ash spreading north Showy orange-red berries persist into winter. (Sorbus americana) yellow feet slow white orange, red berries Good bird food. European mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia) red feet slow white red berries spreading north Showy red berries. Good bird food. Southern bayberry fragrant small drupe with Waxy coated fruits used in candle making. (Myrica cerifera) evergreen feet slow not ornamental bluish-white wax upright rounded central, south Likes moisture. Used as ornamental screen or hedge. Serviceberry small purple or (Ame/anchier spp.) yellow red feet slow white red apples rounded north, central, south Also called shadbush. Good mass of white flowers. Red buckeye buckeye nut (Aesculus pavia) brown feet slow red is poisonous irregular north, central, south Showy red flowers. Painted buckeye (Aesculus sylvatica) brown feet slow large yellow buckeye nut irregular north, central Large, showy. Japanese flowering cherry bronze to moderate vase-shaped, rounded, Short-lived in Alabama. Characteristics vary with variety. (Prunus serrulata) dull red feet to fast white to pink not ornamental columnar, or upright north Yoshino most common. Chinkapins small edible (Castanea spp.) yellow feet moderate small white chestnut rounded north, central, south Good wildlife food. Related to American chestnut. Flowering crabapple dull yellow, bronze, moderate red, yellow, rounded, pyramidal, Short-lived in Alabama. Many diseases; (Malus) and hybrids or brown feet to fast white to dark red or green upright, or vase-shaped north or central characteristics vary with variety. Crape myrtle yellow, orange, white, pink, purple, upright, rounded, Powdery mildew/aphids minor problems (easy mgt). Excellent bark effects; (Lagerstroemia indica) and red 6-25 feet fast or dark red not ornamental or vase-shaped north, central, south trained to multiple or single trunk. Choose mildew resistant varieties Flowering dogwood slow to Very popular. Insect, disease, stress problems, especially in (Comus florida) red to purplish-red feet moderate white, pink, or red red rounded, spreading north, central, south poorly drained and shallow soils in opensun. Hawthorns red, brown, or yellow, upright, rounded, (Crataegus spp.) brown feet slow white small pome (appleshaped fruit) or vase-shaped north, central, south Stems have thorns. Hollies Slow, moderate, red or yellow; Look like small American Holly trees. Popular varieties: Foster's #2, (/lex) and hybrids evergreen feet or fast not ornamental on female only pyramidal north, central, south Nellie R. Stevens, Savannah,East Palatka, and Hume #2. Common hoptree yellow-brown (Pte/ea trifoliata) yellow feet slow not ornamental wafer-like seeds rounded north, central, south Foliage and leaves have strong lemon-like odor. American hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana) orange feet slow not ornamental green nutlet spreading to rounded north, central, south Will grow in shade or sun, and dry or wet sites. Good form.
2 Trees Under 30 Feet Fall Color Mature Size Growth Rate Flowers Fruit Tree Form State Region Comments Eastern hophornbeam rounded (Ostrya virginiana) yellow feet slow not ornamental small brown nut or vase-shaped north, central, south Will grow in shade or sun. Dry or wet sites. Good form. Mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia) evergreen feet slow large pink clusters dark brown capsule forms a thicket north, central, south Good ornamental shrub. Saucer magnolia white, pink, pyramidal to rounded, Flowers early; blooms are frozen one out of every 3 or 4 years. (Magnolia soulangeana) brown 2030 feet moderate or purple not ornamental upright north, central, south Frequently called Tulip Tree (which is also a name of Tulip Poplar). Chalk maple (Acer leucoderme) red feet slow not ornamental brown winged rounded north, central, south Has distinct white bark. Japanese maple yellow, bronze, not ornamental Summer color varies; shades of maroons and greens. Leaf form varies; (Acer palmatum) purple, or red feet slow not ornamental or red vase-shaped north, central, south excellent branching character; sensitive poorly drained soils. Paw paw small, edible (Asimina triloba) yellow feet moderate purple banana-like berry rounded to pyramidal north, central, south Will grow in shade or sun. Wet or dry sites. Eastern redbud Very showy, flowers heavily in early spring. (Cereis canadensis) yellow feet slow deep pink oblong green pod spreading to rounded north, central, south Can be multi-stemmed. Likes moisture. American smoketree light brown (Cotinus obovatus) orange red feet slow greenish white kidney-shaped spreading north, central, south Autumn foliage and unusual fruit are best characteristics. Sourwood yellow, red, (Oxydendrum arboreum) and purple feet slow white, fragrant brown pyramidal, rounded north, central, south A beautiful tree all seasons. Sourwood honey considered special, native. Titi or Swamp cyrilla brown or yellow (Cyrilla racemiflora) evergreen feet slow white egg-shaped seeds spreading south Good honey plant. Buckwheat tree or Titi shiny yellow 2 & 4 (Cliftonia monophylla) evergreen feet slow fragrant white winged seeds spreading rounded south Good honey plant. Attractive form and ornamental. Witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) yellow feet slow yellow light brown capsule usually multi-stemmed north, central, south Leaves aromatic. Grows in sun or shade.
3 Sweet bay dark-red, (Magnolia vlrginiana) evergreen feet moderate white fragrant cone-like, fruit narrow and round north, central, south Can be grown like southern magnolia, but smaller in form. Baldcypress Good, for wet areas. Roots form 'knees' so avoid planting near lawns. (Taxodium distichum) brown feet moderate not ornamental not ornamental pyramidal north, central, south Beautiful rust fall color in setting sun. A conifer that drops its leaves. American beech Beautiful native tree. May be difficult to buy. (Fagus grandifolia) yellow-bronze feet slow not ornamental not ornamental upright, spreading north, central, south Lower leaves persist in winter. River birch (Betula nigra) yellow feet moderate to fast not ornamental not ornamental rounded north, central, south Papery plates of bark are very attractive. Does best in moist soil, native. Leyland cypress green cone turns (Chamaecyparis x cupressus leylandii) evergreen feet moderate not ornamental brown at maturity pyramidal north, central, south Relatively pest-free; needs room to grow. Chinese elm yellow and rounded, weeping, (Ulmus parvifolia) reddish-purple feet fast not ornamental not ornamental or upright, spreading north, central, south Tough picturesque tree. Excellent bark. Do not confuse with Siberian Elm. Maidenhair tree or gingko Excellent tree. Fall color can be spectacular. (Gingko biloba) yellow feet moderate not ornamental not ornamental pyramidal, spreading north, central Avoid female trees - rotting fruit is putrid. Goldenrain tree Adapts to a range of sites. (Koelreuteria paniculata) yellow feet moderate yellow bladder-like broad rounded Transplants well in winter; requires some deadwood removal. Black gum (Nyssa sylvat/ca) bright red feet fast not ornamental blue-black, berry conical Good shade tree with great fall color. American holly dull white, red or yellow on Only females set fruit. Some varieties have yellow berries. (/lex opaca) evergreen feet moderate not ornamental female only pyramidal, irregular north, central, south Tolerant to air pollution, but many insects and diseases. Southern magnolia slow to pyramidal, upright, A favorite in South. Lower limbs should not be cut so that leaves and (Magnolia grandiflora) evergreen 60-8O feet moderate white, fragrant red rounded north, central, south fruits can be quickly raked under the tree before mowing. Florida maple (Acer barbatum) yellow red feet moderate not ornamental brown, winged spreading rounded north, central, south Sometimes named Southern Sugar Maple Red maple yellow-grn, yellow, pyramidal, irregular, Early spring flowers, leaves are red. Good to great fall color. (Acer rubrum) bright orange to red feet moderate to fast red not ornamental rounded north, central, south About the best maple. Competeswith turf if soil is shallow. Silver maple green-yellow Many diseases and insects, weak wood, competes with turf more than (Acer saccharinum) to yellow feet fast not ornamental not ornamental upright, rounded north, central, south red maples (surface roots not uncommon). NOT RECOMMENDED. Sugar maple yellow, orange, (Acer saccharum) or red feet slow not ornamental not ornamental upright, rounded north, central Excellent shade tree. Good fall color. May compete with turf.
4 Bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa) yellow or brown feet slow not ornamental acorn rounded north, central Can take dry sites but does best on loamy wet areas. Chestnut oak (Quercus prinus) yellow feet slow not ornamental acorn irregular broad north, central Adapted to rocky, upland soils. Can excel on drained lowlands. Laurel oak pyramidal, upright, Transplants better than most oaks. Often evergreen, (Quercus laurifolia) evergreen feet fast not ornamental acorn rounded central, south or leaves persist through winter on tree. Live oak spreading, rounded, May lose leaves in north Alabama. (Quercus virgil1iana) evergreen feet moderate not ornamental acorn irregular north, central, south Stately tree, too large for average landscape. Overcup oak yellow, red (Quercus Iyrata) or brown feet slow not ornamental acorn rounded north, central, south Interesting droop-branches. Can survive poorly drained sites. Pin oak (Quercus palustris) bronze to red feet moderate not ornamental acorn pyramidal north, central Transplants easily, native. Can have iron chlorosis problems. Scarlet oak (Quercus coccinea) bright-red feet moderate not ornamental acorn rounded north, central, south Hard to buy. Best fall color of Oaks. Shumard oak (Quercus shumardii) red or brown feet moderate not ornamental acorn rounded north, central, south Good oak on most sites. Easy to buy. Southern red oak -(Quercus falcata) yellow-brown feet moderate not ornamental acorn rounded, spreading north, central, south Attractive tree, should be used more. Water oak rounded, spreading, Transplants easily, weedy. (Quercus nigra) brown feet moderate to fast not ornamental acorn upright north, central, south Weak wood when growth is fast. Competes with turf in shallow soil. Willow oak yellow to pyramidal, spreading, (Quercus phe/los) yellow-brown feet moderate not ornamental acorn rounded north, central, south Fine texture, transplants well. Interesting ornamental tree. Pecan If soil deep and fertile, a good shade tree and produces edible nuts. Difficult (Carya iiiinoinensis) dull yellow feet moderate not ornamental nut rounded north, central, south to transplant, numerous insect pests. Tanins in leaves stains items below Bradford pear yellow, orange, Short but spectacular flower show, usually excellent fall color. (Pyrus ca/leryana 'Bradford') red, or purple feet moderate white not ornamental rounded north, central, south Pest resistant. Poor branching - look for other cultivars Persimmon edible orange fruit (Diospyros virginiana) yellow feet moderate white at maturity cylindrical north, central, south Often forgotten as shade tree. Potential. Tulip poplar yellow-green brown, Too large for most home landscapes. Some disease/insect problems. (Uriodendron tulipifera) yellow feet fast and orange not ornamental pyramidal, rounded north, central, south Messy leaf drop with drought and other stresses. Some have weak wood.
5 Loblolly pine (Pinus taeda) evergreen feet fast not ornamental cone pyramidal, rounded north, central, south Not a graceful pine but more adaptable to various soils than most pines. Longleaf pine Mature tree picturesque. Slow early growth, becoming more available. (Pinus palustris) evergreen feet fast not ornamental cone upright, rounded north, central, south Largest cones and needles of any pine; needles used to make baskets. White pine (Pinus strobus) evergreen feet moderate not ornamental cone pyramidal, rounded north, central Very attractive. Needs well-drained soil. Chinese pistache (Pistachia chinensis) scarlet to golden feet moderate not ornamental not ornamental oval north, central, south Drought tolerance; recommended street tree. Good fall color. Eastern redcedar pyramidal, columnar, Can be an excellent ornamental, fragrant foliage. (Juniperus virginiana) evergreen feet moderate not ornamental dark blueberries irregular north, central, south Problems - Cedar-apple rust and bagworms. Dawn redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) reddish brown feet moderate not ornamental cone conical north, central, south Good for screening. Sassafras yellow, orange, (Sassafras albidum) or red feet slow not ornamental bluish-black, berry spreading north, central, south Excellent fall color. Roots used to make sassafras tea and root beer. Carolina silverbell spreading, rounded, north, central, south (Halesia carolina) yellow feet moderate white brown irregular (except Gulf Coast) Excellent native tree, may be difficult to purchase. Very pest resistant. Japanese zelkova (Zelkova serrata) bronze feet moderate not ornamental not ornamental rounded north, central, south Resembles elm leaf. Resistant to Dutch elm disease. Likes moist soils.
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