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Recommended Urban Trees Collection

Trees Grouped by Site or Planting Conditions

  • A. Soil pH and Moisture Charts
  • B. Trees That Tolerate Partial Shade
  • C. Trees Observed to Have Some Salt Tolerance
  • D. Trees Suitable for Use in CU-Structural Soil™
  • E. Transplanting Bare Root Difficulty Charts

Soil pH and Moisture Charts

Requires acid (pH 5.0 to 7.0)

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Botanical NameCommon Name
Moisture graphicMoisture graphic
Occasionally saturated or very wet soil Consistently moist, well-drained soil Occasional periods of dry soil Prolonged periods of dry soil
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Quercus palustrisPin Oak; Swamp Oak
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Taxodium distichumBald Cypress
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Can tolerate acid to neutral soil (pH 5.0 to 7.4)

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Botanical NameCommon Name
Moisture graphicMoisture graphic
Occasionally saturated or very wet soil Consistently moist, well-drained soil Occasional periods of dry soil Prolonged periods of dry soil
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Acer rubrumRed Maple; Scarlet Maple; Swamp Maple
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Acer x freemaniiFreeman Maple
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Amelanchier spp.Serviceberry; Shadblow
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Betula nigraRiver Birch; Red Birch
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Betula populifoliaGray Birch; Poplar Birch; Old Field Birch; Poverty Birch; White Birch
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Carpinus carolinianaAmerican Hornbeam; Blue Beech; Ironwood; Musclewood
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Liquidambar styracifluaAmerican Sweetgum
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Metasequoia glyptostroboidesDawn Redwood
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Nyssa sylvaticaPepperidge; Sour Gum; Black Gum; Tupelo
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Prunus 'Accolade'Flowering Cherry 'Accolade'
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Prunus sargentiiSargent Cherry
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Quercus acutissimaSaw-tooth Oak
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Quercus bicolorSwamp White Oak
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Quercus coccineaScarlet Oak
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Quercus phellosWillow Oak
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Quercus rubraRed Oak; Northern Red Oak
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Quercus shumardiiShumard Oak
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Can tolerate acid to alkaline soil (pH 5.0 to 8.0)

Showing 1-49 of 49 items.
Botanical NameCommon Name
Moisture graphicMoisture graphic
Occasionally saturated or very wet soil Consistently moist, well-drained soil Occasional periods of dry soil Prolonged periods of dry soil
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Acer buergerianumTrident Maple
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Acer campestreHedge Maple
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Acer miyabeiMiyabe Maple
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Acer saccharumSugar Maple; Rock Maple; Hard Maple
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Acer tataricum ssp. ginnalaAmur Maple
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Carpinus betulusEuropean Hornbeam
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Catalpa speciosaCatalpa; Indian Bean
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Celtis occidentalisHackberry; Sugarberry
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Cercidiphyllum japonicumKatsuratree; Katsura Tree
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Cercis canadensisEastern Redbud
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Cladrastis kentukeaYellowwood
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Cornus masCorneliancherry Dogwood; Cornelian Cherry
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Corylus colurnaTurkish Filbert; Turkish Hazel
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Crataegus crus-galliCockspur Hawthorn
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Crataegus phaenopyrumWashington Hawthorn
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Crataegus viridis 'Winter King'Winter King Hawthorn
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Eucommia ulmoidesHardy Rubber Tree
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Ginkgo bilobaGinkgo; Maidenhair Tree
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Gleditsia triacanthosCommon Honeylocust; Honey Locust
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Gymnocladus dioicusKentucky Coffeetree
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Koelreuteria paniculataGolden-rain Tree; Varnish Tree
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Liriodendron tulipiferaTuliptree; Tulip Poplar; Tulip Magnolia; Yellow Poplar; Whitewood
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Maackia amurensisAmur Maackia
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Maclura pomiferaOsage Orange; Boxwood
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Malus spp.Flowering Crabapple
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Ostrya virginianaHop Hornbeam
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Parrotia persicaPersian Parrotia
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Phellodendron amurenseAmur Cork Tree
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Platanus x acerifoliaLondon Planetree
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Prunus virginianaChokecherry
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Prunus ‘Snow Goose’Snow Goose Cherry
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Pyrus calleryanaCallery Pear
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Quercus imbricariaShingle Oak
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Quercus macrocarpaBur Oak; Mossycup Oak
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Quercus muehlenbergiiChinkapin Oak
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Quercus roburEnglish Oak; Truffle Oak; Pedunculate Oak
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Robinia pseudoacaciaBlack Locust
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Sorbus alnifoliaKorean Mountain Ash
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Styphnolobium japonicumJapanese Pagoda Tree; Scholar-Tree
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Syringa reticulataJapanese Tree Lilac
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Tilia americanaAmerican Linden; Basswood
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Tilia cordataLittleleaf Linden; Small-leaved Lime
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Tilia tomentosaSilver Linden
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Tilia x euchloraCrimean Linden
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Ulmus 'Accolade'Hybrid Elm 'Accolade'
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Ulmus 'Frontier'Hybrid Elm 'Frontier'
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Ulmus parvifoliaChinese Elm; Lacebark Elm
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Ulmus spp.Hybrid Elms
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Zelkova serrataJapanese Zelkova; Saw-leaf Zelkova; Keaki Tree
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
 
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Trees That Tolerate Partial Shade

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Botanical NameCommon Name
Acer miyabeiMiyabe Maple
Acer tataricum ssp. ginnalaAmur Maple
Amelanchier spp.Serviceberry; Shadblow
Carpinus carolinianaAmerican Hornbeam; Blue Beech; Ironwood; Musclewood
Catalpa speciosaCatalpa; Indian Bean
Cercis canadensisEastern Redbud
Cornus masCorneliancherry Dogwood; Cornelian Cherry
Metasequoia glyptostroboidesDawn Redwood
Ostrya virginianaHop Hornbeam
Parrotia persicaPersian Parrotia
Sorbus alnifoliaKorean Mountain Ash
 
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Trees Observed to Have Some Salt Tolerance

Showing 1-36 of 36 items.
Botanical NameCommon Name
Acer buergerianumTrident Maple
Acer rubrumRed Maple; Scarlet Maple; Swamp Maple
Acer tataricum ssp. ginnalaAmur Maple
Betula nigraRiver Birch; Red Birch
Celtis occidentalisHackberry; Sugarberry
Crataegus crus-galliCockspur Hawthorn
Crataegus phaenopyrumWashington Hawthorn
Crataegus viridis 'Winter King'Winter King Hawthorn
Eucommia ulmoidesHardy Rubber Tree
Ginkgo bilobaGinkgo; Maidenhair Tree
Gleditsia triacanthosCommon Honeylocust; Honey Locust
Gymnocladus dioicusKentucky Coffeetree
Koelreuteria paniculataGolden-rain Tree; Varnish Tree
Maackia amurensisAmur Maackia
Maclura pomiferaOsage Orange; Boxwood
Malus spp.Flowering Crabapple
Nyssa sylvaticaPepperidge; Sour Gum; Black Gum; Tupelo
Prunus 'Accolade'Flowering Cherry 'Accolade'
Prunus sargentiiSargent Cherry
Pyrus calleryanaCallery Pear
Quercus acutissimaSaw-tooth Oak
Quercus bicolorSwamp White Oak
Quercus macrocarpaBur Oak; Mossycup Oak
Quercus muehlenbergiiChinkapin Oak
Quercus phellosWillow Oak
Quercus roburEnglish Oak; Truffle Oak; Pedunculate Oak
Quercus rubraRed Oak; Northern Red Oak
Robinia pseudoacaciaBlack Locust
Styphnolobium japonicumJapanese Pagoda Tree; Scholar-Tree
Syringa reticulataJapanese Tree Lilac
Taxodium distichumBald Cypress
Ulmus 'Accolade'Hybrid Elm 'Accolade'
Ulmus 'Frontier'Hybrid Elm 'Frontier'
Ulmus americanaAmerican Elm
Ulmus parvifoliaChinese Elm; Lacebark Elm
Ulmus spp.Hybrid Elms
 
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Trees Suitable for Use in CU-Structural Soil™

Showing 1-42 of 42 items.
Botanical NameCommon Name
Acer campestreHedge Maple
Acer miyabeiMiyabe Maple
Carpinus betulusEuropean Hornbeam
Catalpa speciosaCatalpa; Indian Bean
Celtis occidentalisHackberry; Sugarberry
Cercis canadensisEastern Redbud
Cornus masCorneliancherry Dogwood; Cornelian Cherry
Corylus colurnaTurkish Filbert; Turkish Hazel
Cotinus obovatusAmerican Smoketree
Crataegus crus-galliCockspur Hawthorn
Crataegus phaenopyrumWashington Hawthorn
Crataegus viridis 'Winter King'Winter King Hawthorn
Eucommia ulmoidesHardy Rubber Tree
Ginkgo bilobaGinkgo; Maidenhair Tree
Gleditsia triacanthosCommon Honeylocust; Honey Locust
Gymnocladus dioicusKentucky Coffeetree
Koelreuteria paniculataGolden-rain Tree; Varnish Tree
Maackia amurensisAmur Maackia
Maclura pomiferaOsage Orange; Boxwood
Malus spp.Flowering Crabapple
Parrotia persicaPersian Parrotia
Phellodendron amurenseAmur Cork Tree
Platanus x acerifoliaLondon Planetree
Pyrus calleryanaCallery Pear
Quercus bicolorSwamp White Oak
Quercus macrocarpaBur Oak; Mossycup Oak
Quercus muehlenbergiiChinkapin Oak
Quercus roburEnglish Oak; Truffle Oak; Pedunculate Oak
Robinia pseudoacaciaBlack Locust
Sorbus alnifoliaKorean Mountain Ash
Styphnolobium japonicumJapanese Pagoda Tree; Scholar-Tree
Syringa reticulataJapanese Tree Lilac
Tilia americanaAmerican Linden; Basswood
Tilia cordataLittleleaf Linden; Small-leaved Lime
Tilia tomentosaSilver Linden
Tilia x euchloraCrimean Linden
Ulmus 'Accolade'Hybrid Elm 'Accolade'
Ulmus 'Frontier'Hybrid Elm 'Frontier'
Ulmus americanaAmerican Elm
Ulmus parvifoliaChinese Elm; Lacebark Elm
Ulmus spp.Hybrid Elms
Zelkova serrataJapanese Zelkova; Saw-leaf Zelkova; Keaki Tree
 
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Transplanting Bare Root Difficulty Charts

Trees easy to transplant bare root

Showing 1-32 of 32 items.
Botanical NameCommon Name
Acer campestreHedge Maple
Acer miyabeiMiyabe Maple
Acer rubrumRed Maple; Scarlet Maple; Swamp Maple
Acer saccharumSugar Maple; Rock Maple; Hard Maple
Acer tataricum ssp. ginnalaAmur Maple
Acer x freemaniiFreeman Maple
Catalpa speciosaCatalpa; Indian Bean
Cladrastis kentukeaYellowwood
Cornus masCorneliancherry Dogwood; Cornelian Cherry
Gleditsia triacanthosCommon Honeylocust; Honey Locust
Gymnocladus dioicusKentucky Coffeetree
Koelreuteria paniculataGolden-rain Tree; Varnish Tree
Maackia amurensisAmur Maackia
Malus spp.Flowering Crabapple
Parrotia persicaPersian Parrotia
Phellodendron amurenseAmur Cork Tree
Platanus x acerifoliaLondon Planetree
Prunus 'Accolade'Flowering Cherry 'Accolade'
Prunus sargentiiSargent Cherry
Prunus virginianaChokecherry
Pyrus calleryanaCallery Pear
Quercus bicolorSwamp White Oak
Quercus rubraRed Oak; Northern Red Oak
Robinia pseudoacaciaBlack Locust
Sorbus alnifoliaKorean Mountain Ash
Syringa reticulataJapanese Tree Lilac
Tilia americanaAmerican Linden; Basswood
Tilia cordataLittleleaf Linden; Small-leaved Lime
Tilia x euchloraCrimean Linden
Ulmus 'Accolade'Hybrid Elm 'Accolade'
Ulmus americanaAmerican Elm
Ulmus spp.Hybrid Elms
 
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Trees moderately difficult to transplant bare root

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Botanical NameCommon Name
Amelanchier spp.Serviceberry; Shadblow
Betula nigraRiver Birch; Red Birch
Betula populifoliaGray Birch; Poplar Birch; Old Field Birch; Poverty Birch; White Birch
Celtis occidentalisHackberry; Sugarberry
Cercidiphyllum japonicumKatsuratree; Katsura Tree
Cercis canadensisEastern Redbud
Corylus colurnaTurkish Filbert; Turkish Hazel
Crataegus crus-galliCockspur Hawthorn
Crataegus viridis 'Winter King'Winter King Hawthorn
Eucommia ulmoidesHardy Rubber Tree
Quercus palustrisPin Oak; Swamp Oak
Quercus roburEnglish Oak; Truffle Oak; Pedunculate Oak
Zelkova serrataJapanese Zelkova; Saw-leaf Zelkova; Keaki Tree
 
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Trees difficult to transplant bare root

Showing 1-17 of 17 items.
Botanical NameCommon Name
Carpinus betulusEuropean Hornbeam
Carpinus carolinianaAmerican Hornbeam; Blue Beech; Ironwood; Musclewood
Cotinus obovatusAmerican Smoketree
Crataegus phaenopyrumWashington Hawthorn
Ginkgo bilobaGinkgo; Maidenhair Tree
Liquidambar styracifluaAmerican Sweetgum
Liriodendron tulipiferaTuliptree; Tulip Poplar; Tulip Magnolia; Yellow Poplar; Whitewood
Nyssa sylvaticaPepperidge; Sour Gum; Black Gum; Tupelo
Ostrya virginianaHop Hornbeam
Quercus coccineaScarlet Oak
Quercus imbricariaShingle Oak
Quercus macrocarpaBur Oak; Mossycup Oak
Quercus muehlenbergiiChinkapin Oak
Taxodium distichumBald Cypress
Tilia tomentosaSilver Linden
Ulmus 'Frontier'Hybrid Elm 'Frontier'
Ulmus parvifoliaChinese Elm; Lacebark Elm