Silver Maple Tree
The silver maple tree is the most common of all maple tree varieties. It’s fast-growing nature, and thick foliage makes it a prime choice for residential landscape shade. Broad, textured leaves of green tops and silver bottoms, combined with the tree’s brilliant fall foliage display also make it a popular choice for planting in home landscapes. The deciduous nature of the giant tree blocks hot summer when while allowing the warm rays of winter sun to permeate the home landscape, both of which helps to lower home energy usage and costs.
This fast-growing maple tree grows well in soggy soil, nutrient depleted soil and in other conditions in which most other trees refuse to grow. Silver maples are easily adaptable, thrive when transplanted and can live well over 100 years.
Silver maples produce tiny greenish-yellow flowers in the early spring, which are quickly eclipsed by newly sprouting leaves. The fall foliage color keeps in line with its spring floral display and turns a brilliant yellow in autumn. Silver maples produce strong, thick limbs which lend themselves well for children’s swings and tree houses.
Mature Height: 50'-70'ft
Shape: Oval to round shape
Growth: Fast growing
Sunlight: Full Sun
Soil: Does best in moist, well-drained soil but will adapt to poor soil
Botanical name: Acer saccharinum
One of the fastest growing trees, the Hybrid Poplar Tree is the perfect example of the ideal lawn and backyard tree. Each year, you can expect your tree to produce an average of eight feet, and thanks to its pyramidal shape, you won’t have to waste your time cutting and pruning it to give it a beautiful way.
The Hybrid Poplar Tree is highly adaptable to its surroundings; therefore, it can live in any climate and thrive in any soil, even the worst type of land. Little maintenance is required to keep this tree healthy and happy: it doesn’t require regular pruning, it doesn’t require particular amounts of sun, and it doesn’t require specific soil conditions. However, this tree prefers to be planted in an area that receives full sun. The Hybrid Poplar is highly resistant; therefore, it can withstand long, harsh droughts and several species of parasites and pests.
The Hybrid Poplar Tree is one of the most visually pleasing types of tree because of its thick, evergreen foliage. The leaves of the Hybrid Polar resemble small shiny emeralds perched on the branches, and its chocolaty brown bark has deep shades of coffee and chocolate brown.
Height: 40 to 50 feet
Spread: 50 to 60 feet
Sun: full and partial
Soil: well-drained but very adaptable to most soils
The Overcup Oaktree comes with a brilliant gray-brown or reddish bark. In summer, it displays beautiful leathery dark green leaves. Even in fall, its rich yellow-brown leaves still maintain its undeniable attraction. Difficult urban landscaping situations pose no threat to it. The uniform branches that make it stand out give it a rounded and open-crowned shape when viewed from a distance. Overcup Oaktree thrives in a variety of soil conditions. You are sure to have it around for several decades once successfully planted; it is merely a sturdy, long-lived shade tree.
The origin of the Overcup Oak can be traced to protected forests. Although it thrives in low-lands as well as in swampy areas, studies show that it does well in arid regions. Its ability to survive in most soil conditions makes some people prefer calling it an urban tree. Its maintenance is minimal if you have one in your yard. Occasional pruning when the branches get damaged, die or too close to your home will do.
Mature Height: 45'-70'ft
Shape: Oval Shape
Growth: Fast growing
Sunlight: Full sun - Partial sun
Soil: It thrives in a variety of soil conditions
Botanical name: Quercus lyrata
The Tilia Americana, commonly known as the basswood tree is a large rapid growing beautiful tree. The heart-shaped dark green leaves and thin gray back make this tree breathtaking assets to any yard. In the springtime, greenish yellow flowers bloom enticing insects. Since this tree can grow so big, it creates a lot of homes for animals. It hosts many areas that songbirds and other cute woodland animals can make their home. It is a tree that can bring life to your backyard. Overall, this tree brings beauty and experience to any yard.
The large oval shape that can span to 40 feet wide can bring a lot of shade to a yard. This is great for anyone with a family because underneath the large heart-shaped leaves, and fragrant little flowers are the perfect spot to host a family picnic. It brings shade, so one does not have to worry about their family overheating or getting burned in the sun. It is a very useful as well as the beautiful tree.
Zones: 3 through 8
Width: 60 to 80 Feet
Sunlight: Full sun to part shade
Soil: Loam soils rich in nitrogen
Botanical Name: Tilia Americana
Sugar Berry Trees
The Sugar Berry tree (Celtis Laevigata) also known as the Southern Hackberry, or Sugar Hackberry. From the Cannabaceae family, the Sugar Berry tree is typically found in the southern United States, but its reach can extend all the way from the Eastern Coast to the Extreme northern parts of Mexico. The leaves are easy to identify with their almost triangular shape that has an uneven base with three veins and very few teeth. The tree can grow from anywhere between 25-50 feet and is considered a medium size tree. Commonly confused for being an Elm tree, the small fruits it produces are usually always found on the Sugar Berry no matter what time of year, the fruits turn from green to a red color and attract many different bird species all throughout the year!
The Sugar Berry is a great shade tree and adapts well in urban areas!
The tree grows best in moist soil, and with proper care will make any yard more welcoming!
Growth per year: about 1 foot
Sunlight: Full sunlight or partial sunlight
Soil Conditions: rich, moist soil, but will grow in any garden soil
Botanical Name: Celtis Laevigata
A Hickory tree is a large beautiful tree that grows throughout most of North America. It becomes in a large enchanting oval shape, reaching between 40 and 60 feet high when fully mature. After planting a Hickory Tree, one can expect a reasonable growth rate of about 12 to 18 inches each year. One great thing about Hickory Trees is that it can grow in average soil. It does not need anything special just a lot of sunlight. The leaves on this tree are compounded; it has many leaves on each stalk. The leaves give the tree a full look. In autumn, the leaves turn a beautiful bright yellow color. It adds great color to a yard. Not only are the leaves remarkably woven but the bark adds dimension as well. It has long ridges that grow in a layered vertical pattern. It is a perfect addition to a beautiful yard.
Mature Height: 40-60 Feet
Growth: 12-18 Inches Annually
A weeping willow tree is an excellent choice for a fast growing shade tree. It multiplies and is hardy in a range of zones. Weeping willows love water and are often used to combat soil erosion along streams and ponds. A weeping willow would thrive if planted in a low-lying place that collects moisture. If your property does not have standing water, don’t worry! This versatile tree can be trained to withstand drought conditions. Their delicate leaves and textured bark provide visual beauty as you relax in the shade. They offer beauty throughout the year with their delicate flowers in spring and their durable leaves late into fall. The trees produce small yellow flowers and attract beneficial insects and pollinators to your yard to fight pests without you lifting a finger. Willow is fast growing; some varieties can reach up to 10 feet a year, which is excellent for the owner looking for an established look in their property with a minimal wait. The weeping willow brings beauty and grace everywhere it grows and is an excellent addition to increase your property’s value and appearance.
Mature Height: 40-50 feet
Mature Width: 20-40 feet
Shape: rounded, weeping
Sunlight: Prefers sun
Soil: prefers moist soil.
Botanical name: Salix babylonica
The white poplar tree is so named because of its distinctive white bark and bi-color leaves of green tops and white bottoms. From a distance, the white poplar appears to be covered with snow, so the unusual tree makes a unique addition to any landscape for both aesthetics and shade. Sometimes referred to as a silver-leaf or silvered leaf poplar tree, this tall, narrow tree from the willow family is found in almost every state across America. The white polar requires no maintenance and will rapidly re-seed itself, making this tree an excellent choice for planting in an open area where fast shade, privacy, erosion control and windbreaks are desired. The vast, flat leaves of the white poplar catch the slightest breeze as it blows by and leaves flip up to reveal the silvery-white undersides. The thick tree trunk starts out white and smooth, but darkens and becomes rough as the tree matures. Hanging catkins appear on the tree in early spring before the leaves sprout and are the flowers and reproduction venues for the white poplar tree.
Mature Height: 80'ft
Shape: Cylindrical Shape
Growth: Fast growing
Sunlight: Full Sun
Soil: Prefers moist, well-drained soil
Botanical name: Populus alba
The Cucumber Magnolia Tree or Magnolia Acuminata is a very low-maintenance, adaptable tree and is one of the unique among its species. The Cucumber Magnolia is the most extensive and the cold hardiest of the eight magnolia species that are native to the United States. The leaves on this magnificent tree range from 6 to 10 inches long and are dark green in the summer months before turning yellow in the fall. In early summer this tree starts to bloom with delicate creamy yellow flowers, high up in the tree. The flowers give way to the green fruit which gives this tree its name. While green this fruit resembles a cucumber but as it ripens, it turns a striking orange to red hue. The bright red seeds within this fruit are a favorite among songbirds and squirrels. This majestic Cucumber Magnolia is the perfect tree for exceptional large properties or as a focal point within any garden. It does thrive best in well-drained, moist soil but it can readily adapt to most soil variations.
Mature Height: 50-80 feet tall
Width: 30-40 foot width
Shape: pyramid shape
Growth: medium to fast-growing
Sunlight: full sun but will tolerate partial shade
Soil: it thrives best in fresh, well-drained, moist soil
Acer Spicatum - Mountain Maple
The Mountain Maple, also known as the Acer Spicatum is grown in northeastern North America and the Georgia area as well. Other common names used to describe this particular tree is moose maple, Moosewood and water maple. This tree is commonly used for the production of maple syrup. When making syrup, you drill a hole in the trunk of the Moutain Maple and hammer a nail just above the hole so you can hang a bucket for the sap to drip into. Once the bucket is full, you can start the boiling process. Other uses of the Mountain Maple come from natures pets. Animals that feed of this tree are white-tailed deer, moose, snowshoe hare and beavers. This large shrub/tree gives any individual a great chance to practice the production of maple syrup and also serves as a beautiful new shrub to your garden. Although the trees are found in the woods or on the mountainside, they are easily able to be replanted in your yard or garden. In the fall this tree adds beauty to any area when the leaves start changing from green, to yellow and to the final stage of red.
Mature Height: 25 Feet
Growth Rate: Moderate
Width: Trunk (3-4 inches) Leaves (2-5 inches)
Soil: Well Drained
Zone: 2 and 7
Sun Light: Shade Tolerate and Full Sun
Botanical Name: Acer Spicatum