Sugar maple

Acer saccharum

Sugar maple

Renowned for its autumn color, sugar maples are perhaps the most magnificent shade trees in northeastern Ohio. Sugar maple interbreeds with black maple which shares much of its native range....more

Acer x freemanii ‘Autumn Fantasy’ (Freeman maple)

Acer x freemanii ‘Autumn Fantasy’ (Freeman maple)

According to Klyn Nursery, “Being a Freeman maple, the ‘Autumn Fantasy’ is a hybrid of Acer rubrum and A. saccharinum resulting in A. rubrum’s strong branch structure and A. saccharinum’s fast growth. The ‘Autumn Fantasy’ really takes this to heart with an improved...more

Acer rubrum ‘Bowhall’  (red maple)

Acer rubrum ‘Bowhall’

Acer rubrum ‘Bowhall’ (red maple)

According to Klyn Nursery, “A columnar red maple! Narrower when young, this tree becomes a broad column at maturity with a spread ranging from 18–25’. Green foliage turns yellow-orange to reddish-orange in fall. ‘Bowhall’ can be used as a shade...more

Acer rubrum ‘Brandywine’ (red maple)

Acer rubrum ‘Brandywine’

Acer rubrum ‘Brandywine’ (red maple)

According to Klyn Nursery, “Introduced by the U.S. National Arboretum, the ‘Brandywine’ is a selection from the native species Acer rubrum. It forms an upright, oval crown as it matures but does not...more

Malus ‘Perfect Purple’ (crab apple)

Malus ‘Perfect Purple’

Malus ‘Perfect Purple’ (crab apple)

Perfect Purple is an upright crab apple variety featuring purple leaves and bright pink blooms in spring. In fall, the leaves turn bright red and complement the small, red to purple fruit. Fruit is persistent and remains on the...more

Korean stewartia

Stewartia koreana ‘Milk and Honey’

Korean stewartia

Stewartias are prized garden plants across the world. White, camellia-like summer flowers. Exceptional fall color. Fascinating bark. A small tree for all seasons.  Bark should be more subtle than ‘Ballet’ but fine nonetheless. Grown in...more

Japanese stewartia

Stewartia pseudocamellia ‘Ballet’

Japanese stewartia

Stewartias are prized garden plants across the world. White, camellia-like summer flowers. Exceptional fall color. Fascinating bark. A small tree for all seasons. Grown in full sun they stay squat. In shade...more

Shumard oak

Quercus shumardii

Shumard oak

Shumard oak is a medium sized, deciduous tree in the red oak group. It performs well in full sun, average soil and tolerates a variety of moisture conditions.  Pyramidal in youth but spreads to a...more

Grey dogwood

Cornus drummondii ‘Lemon Drop’

Grey dogwood

The dogwood selection is easily grown in a wide range of soils in full sun to part-shade. In late summer and early fall the fruit develop into clear yellow that contrast nicely against...more

Yellow buckeye

Aesculus flava

Yellow buckeye

Yellow buckeye is the largest of the buckeyes. It has an irregular to upright-oval crown and is considered a canopy tree.  If left to achieve its natural form, the sturdy branches will commonly sweep the ground. The bark often exfoliates with...more

Freeman’s Maple

Acer x freemanii ‘Celebration’

Freeman’s Maple

The selection has a contoured, upright, uniform branching structure with a good central leader and rarely requires pruning to maintain its naturally symmetrical form. It’s known for being disease resistant, tolerant of urban pollution...more

American yellowwood

Cladrastis kentukea

American yellowwood

Cladrastis (klad-RAS-tis) kentukea is a very uncommon yet beautiful tree first discovered in the Cumberland region of Tennessee by French botanist André Michaux in 1796. It may still be found...more

Japanese maple

Acer palmatum

Japanese maple

A beautiful small tree with gorgeous foliage and refined habit, Japanese maple is prized by landscape designers from east to west. The native range of Acer palmatum includes the islands...more

Sweetgum

Liquidambar styraciflua

Sweetgum

Liquidambar styraciflua, meaning “liquid amber” and “flowing with gum,” refers to the sweet “gum” that exudes from wounds on the trunk of this member of the witch-hazel (Hamamelidaceae) family. Sweetgum...more

European Beech

Fagus sylvatica

European Beech

Fagus sylvatica is a magnificent tree. European beech is native from the southern parts of Sweden and Norway to Spain, Italy, Greece and northeast Turkey and Ukraine. It is a common...more

Tuliptree

Liriodendron tulipifera

Tuliptree

I love seeing the new leaves of Liriodendron as they unfurl in late April, the flowers as they bloom in late May and June, and the golden yellow leaves as they fall...more

Katsura

Cercidiphyllum japonicum

Katsura

This beautiful shade tree is native to China and Japan, with leaves that somewhat resemble those of Cercis (redbud). It is most commonly a low-branched tree, or even multi-trunked. There are only...more

Bottlebrush Buckeye

Aesculus parviflora

Bottlebrush Buckeye

Aesculus parviflora, bottlebrush buckeye is my favorite shrub. It is a native of the southeastern United States, primarily to Alabama. The genus Aesculus and the maples, Acer, recently have been lumped into the...more

Buckeye

Aesculus X Hybridia

Buckeye

On the southeast side of the Myrtle S. Holden Wildflower Garden is a small charming Aesculus x hybrida (buckeye tree). Its leaves begin to unfold in early April and by the end of the...more

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