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Woody Plants Database

Find the right tree for your site

Use this tool to help you choose the right tree, shrub or woody vine based on your site’s conditions. It may also introduce you to new plants that you may not be familiar with.

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Ornamental Characteristics Environmental Characteristics

Size and type of plant:

  • tree
  • shrub
  • groundcover
  • vine

Habit e.g. deciduous or evergreen


USDA Hardiness Zone

Soil pH

Soil moisture

Salty soil or spray

About this website

The woody plant species included in this database were selected for the PLHRT/LA 4910/4920 courses, which focus on woody plants used for landscaping in New York and the Northeast – particularly in challenging urban environments.

The detailed information about each species is based on the experiences of the instructors, Nina Bassuk in the Horticulture Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science and Peter Trowbridge in the Department of Landscape Architecture.

For more information on choosing and managing woody plants in these settings, visit the Urban Horticulture Institute website.

The most recent site upgrade was supported by a  SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grant in 2013. Site development and design by Remarc Solutions LLC.