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Common Tree Profiles

Whether you are looking for deciduous,evergreen, ornamental or fruit trees, you will find them here. Descriptions of commonly used trees including scientific and common names, soil, water, and light needs, zone, common varieties, and photos.

Chestnut Oak Growing Profile
If you have rocky soil, try a chestnut oak (Quercus prinus).

Japanese Raisin Tree Growing Profile
If you want an uncommon fruit tree, try the Japanese raisin tree.

Scarlet Oak Growing Profile
The scarlet oak has red leaves in the fall.

Sago Palm Growing Profile
The sago palm is a type of cycad, not a palm tree.

Hedge Maple Growing Profile
The hedge maple can be planted as a street or shade tree, a hedge or trimmed into a bonsai.

Northern Red Oak Growing Profile
The northern red oak has leaves that turn scarlet in autumn.

European Beech Growing Profile
There are many beautiful European beech cultivars available.

Black Walnut - Juglans nigra
Learn how to grow your own black walnuts at home.

Sweetbay Magnolia Growing Profile
The sweetbay magnolia can be either a tree or a shrub. It is native to the United States.

Japanese Banana - Musa basjoo
The Japanese banana tree can handle the cold.

American Beech Growing Profile
The American beech works well as a shade tree.

American Hornbeam
Choose the American hornbeam for shady spots.

Cucumber Tree Growing Profile
The cucumber tree is a deciduous magnolia tree.

London Plane-Tree Growing Profile
This large deciduous tree can grow well in city conditions.

English Oak Growing Profile
The English oak is a large tree with strong wood.

Carolina Silverbell
The Carolina silverbell bears white flowers.

Growing the Windmill Palm
The windmill palm is cold hardy.

Growing Pears in Your Garden
One of the most common fruit trees grown in home gardens is the pear.

European Hornbeam
The European hornbeam is a medium tree that can handle shade.

Dove Tree
The dove tree features striking flowers.

Growing the Sugar Maple - Acer saccharum
Sugar maple is commonly tapped to produce maple syrup.

Serbian Spruce
One of the most beautiful evergreens is the Serbian spruce.

Giant Dogwood
If you like trees with white flowers, consider the giant dogwood.

Growing the Sweet Birch - Betula lenta
For excellent fall color, choose the sweet birch.

Growing the Aleppo Pine - Pinus halepensis
The Aleppo pine can tolerate areas that are hot and dry.

Growing the Yaupon Holly - Ilex vomitoria
Red berries adorn the yaupon holly tree.

Growing the Korean Fir - Abies koreana
This small fir is known for its purple cones.

Growing the Italian Stone Pine - Pinus pinea
If you want to grow your own pignoli, this is the tree for you.

Growing the Sycamore Maple - Acer pseudoplatanus
The sycamore maple can be used in the urban landscape.

Growing the Silver Maple - Acer saccharinum
Another source of maple syrup is the silver maple.

Growing the Big Leaf Maple - Acer macrophyllum
If you like large maple leaves, plant the big leaf maple.

Growing the Red Maple - Acer rubrum
Learn the basics of growing a red maple tree.

Yellowwood - Cladrastis kentukea
Learn how to grow the yellowwood tree.

Growing Eastern Redbud - Cercis canadensis
Learn more about the eastern redbud

Growing Parrotia persica - Persian Ironwood
Parrotia persica will provide excellent fall color in your garden.

Growing the Paperbark Maple - Acer griseum
The paperbark maple is known for its beautiful red bark that exfoliates.

Growing the Amur Maple - Acer ginnala
This small tree puts on quite the autumn show.

Growing the Kentucky Coffee Tree - Gymnocladus dioicus
Learn how to grow the Kentucky coffee tree.

Growing the European Mountain Ash - Sorbus aucuparia
Learn how to grow this tree that features brilliantly colored fruits.

Growing The Goldenrain Tree - Koelreuteria paniculata
For a tree featuring yellow flowers, consider the goldenrain tree.

Growing the Little Leaf Linden - Tilia cordata
Learn how to grow this tree that sports pretty heart shaped leaves.

Queen Palm - Syagrus Romanzoffiana - Growing Queen Palm
Queen Palm - Syagrus Romanzoffiana - Growing Queen Palm

Douglas Fir
A popular type of Christmas tree is the Douglas fir.

Japanese Maple - Acer palmatum
The Japanese maple is renowned for its leaves. Find out if this small tree is suitable for your garden.

Growing American Sweetgum - Liquidambar styraciflua
Learn how to grow the American sweetgum, which has distinctive fruits and fall colors.

Canary Island Pine
One of my favorite pine trees is the Canary Island pine, suitable for zones 9-11.

Growing Weeping Bottlebrush
This tropical beauty features red blooms that will bring hummingbirds to your garden.

Austrian Pine - Pinus nigra
The Austrian pine (Pinus nigra) is a hardy tree that is a survivor. Use this tree in your difficult landscape spots.

Scotch Pine - Pinus sylvestris
Learn how to grow the Scotch pine (Pinus sylvestris) with this tree profile.

Paperbark Cherry
Paperbark cherry is best known for its stunning bark. The dark coppery peeling bark is actually a plastic film! It works quite well for winter interest.

Weeping Willow Trees - Salix babylonica
The weeping willow is a familiar species with a pendulous habit.

Growing Jacaranda mimosifolia
Jacaranda has purple blossoms.

Banana Tree - Musa spp.
Banana trees are one of the common plants that come to mind when dreaming of the tropics. No matter what size your yard, there is a banana tree to fit it. While this grows best in the warmer climates, there are cold-hardy varieties and otherwise they make good houseplants with enough light and water.

Ginkgo Biloba
Ginkgo biloba is a deciduous tree that grows well in urban yards.

Dawn Redwood - Metasequoia glyptostroboides
The dawn redwood is planted for use by a street or to provide shade.

Tulip Tree - Liriodendron Tulipifera
Tulip tree is named for the flowers and leaves that resemble tulips. It grows rapidly, and is useful as a large shade tree.

Purple Leaf Plum - Prunus cerasifera
Purple leaf plum is a small deciduous tree commonly planted for its deep reddish-purple leaves and white/pale pink flowers that are among the first to appear in spring. Although it is short lived, it is fast growing and great for use as a specimen or shade tree.

Tri Color Beech - Fagus sylvatica 'Roseo-Marginata'
Tri Color Beech is a striking tree that you won't soon forget. It is often used as a specimen tree due to its variegated leaves that may come in many shades of green, pink, and white, then turn copper in the fall.

Paper Bark Birch - Betula papyrifera
The paper bark birch is a deciduous shade tree that grows fast.

Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar - Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca Pendula'
Facts and tips on growing the stunning weeping blue atlas cedar.

Colorado Blue Spruce
Learn about Colorado blue spruce trees with this profile from David Beaulieu.

Types of Palm Trees
You can use palms to add a tropical flair to your landscape. David Beaulieu discusses the different types.

Miniature and Dwarf Fruit Trees
Don't have much space in your garden but still want to grow fruit? Lesley Shepherd, About.com's Guide to Miniatures, presents four ways that dwarf fruit trees are produced.

River Birch
The river birch is a beautiful choice for a landscape tree. The red peeling bark and multiple trunks will serve as a focal point in the garden.

Vine Leaf Maple Growing Profile
The vine leaf maple has three leaflets that turn colors in the fall.

Cedar of Lebanon Growing Profile
A large evergreen specimen tree is the cedar of Lebanon.

Bigleaf Magnolia Growing Profile
The bigleaf magnolia lives up to its name. It also has enormous white flowers.

Hong Kong Orchid Tree Growing Profile
The Hong Kong orchid tree is a tropical tree with beautiful large flowers.

Angelica Tree Growing Profile
The angelica tree has clusters of white blooms.

Bur Oak Growing Profile
The bur oak can be grown to provide shade.

Arizona Cypress Growing Profile
The Arizona cypress is an evergreen conifer that is useful for xeriscapes.

Nyssa sylvatica (Black Gum) Growing Profile
The black gum comes from North America and is not related to gum trees (eucalyptus).

Royal Poinciana Growing Profile
One of the most famous trees with red flowers is the royal poinciana.

Deodar Cedar Growing Profile
The Deodar cedar is an evergreen conifer with a weeping shape.

Kobus Magnolia Growing Profile
The Kobus magnolia (Magnolia kobus) is a lovely little tree that will add scented white flowers to your landscape.

White Fir Growing Profile
If you want an evergreen with bluish needles, try the white fir.

Eastern Hop Hornbeam Growing Profile
The eastern hop hornbeam comes from North America and has fruit like those on the hops vine.

Thornless Honeylocust Growing Profile
One tree commonly used in cities is the thornless honeylocust.

Northern Catalpa Growing Profile
Orchid-like white flowers can be found on the northern catalpa.

Katsura Tree Growing Profile
The katsura tree (Cercidiphyllum japonicum) helps extend color interest in the garden with its fall leaf color display.

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