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Noteworthy Books on Trees and Shrubs

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Trees for Fruit and Foliage - Stirling Macoboy
Call Number: SB355 .M19 1982
ISBN: 0701816252
Publication Date: 1982-09-01

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Dirr's Encyclopedia of Trees and Shrubs - Michael A. Dirr
Call Number: SB435 .D57 2011
ISBN: 9780881929010
Publication Date: 2011-10-18

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Garden Design with Foliage - Judy Glattstein; Gwen W. Steege
Call Number: SB431 .G53 1991
ISBN: 0882666878
Publication Date: 1991-12-01

 

Beautiful Trees and Shrubs for Your Garden

There are so many wonderful trees and shrubs available for your garden that offer year-round interest. Whether it's the flowers, fruit, bark or leaves, there are many options to choose from. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

TREES

The Glamour Queens

BOTANICAL NAME COMMON NAME
Acer griseum; paperbark maple        
Acer palmatum Japanese maple                       
Amelanchier canadensis serviceberry
Cercidiphyllum japonicum 'Morioka Weeping' weeping katsura 
Cercis canadensis  redbud 
Chionanthus retusis  Chinese fringetree
Cornus kousa  Kousa dogwood 
Lagerstroemia indica  crape myrtle 
Magnolia x soulangiana  saucer magnolia 
Oxydendrum arboreum  sourwood 
Stewartia pseudocamellia  Korean stewartia 
Syringa reticulata  tree lilac 

 

Drought Tolerant

BOTANICAL NAME COMMON NAME
Aesculus pavia        red buckeye
Carpinus betulus common or European hornbeam
Cercis canadensis  redbud 
Chionanthus virginicus and C. retusus  American and Chinese fringetrees 
Juniperus junipers
Koelreuteria paniculata golden raintree                                   
Malus  crabapples 
Oxydendrum arboreum sourwood 
Pinus  pines
Syringa reticulata tree lilac

 

Beautiful Fall Foliage

BOTANICAL NAME COMMON NAME
Cercidiphyllum japonicum 'Morioka Weeping'    weeping katsura         
Cercis canadensis redbud                                  
Cornus kousa Kousa dogwood
Stewartia pseudocamellia Korean stewartia 

 

Beautiful Bark

BOTANICAL NAME COMMON NAME
Acer griseum         paperbark maple
Acer triflorum three-flowered maple
Amelanchier canadensis serviceberry
Lagerstroemia indica  crape myrtle
Stewartia pseudocamellia Korean stewartia 
Syringa reticulata  tree lilac 

 

SHRUBS

Easy to Handle

BOTANICAL NAME COMMON NAME
Abelia 'Edward Goucher'           Edward Goucher abelia      
Buxus boxwood
Fothergilla gardenii dwarf fothergilla
Hydrangea macrophylla  bigleaf hydrangea 
Ilex crenata 'Helleri'  Japanese holly 
Ilex verticillata 'Red Sprite'  winterberry 
Itea virginica Virginia sweetspire 
Rhododendron yakushimanum  Yakushimanum rhododendron
Spirea japonica  Japanese spirea 
Viburnum trilobum 'Compactum'  American cranberrybush 

 

Fancy Fall Foliage

BOTANICAL NAME COMMON NAME
Disanthus            Disanthus cercidifolius
Enkianthus perulatus white enkianthus
Fothergilla fothergilla
Hamamelis witch -azel 
Hydrangea quercifolia  oakleaf hydrangea 
Itea virginica Virginia sweetspire 
Lindera obtusiloba Japanese spicebush 
Rhododendron calendulaeum, arborescens, prinophyllum, vaseyi native azaleas 
Vaccinium corymbosum  highbush blueberry 
Viburnum viburnum 

 

Shade Tolerant

BOTANICAL NAME COMMON NAME
Abelia x grandiflora      glossy abelia       
Aucuba japonica Japanese aucuba
Corylopsis pauciflora buttercup winter hazel
Daphne daphne
Fothergilla  fothergilla 
Hamamelis  witch hazel 
Hydrangea quercifolia oakleaf hydrangea 
Itea virginica Virginia sweetspire
Rhododendron  rhododendron 

 

Evergreen

BOTANICAL NAME COMMON NAME
Abelia x grandiflora glossy abelia         
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Filifera Aurea Nana' dwarf Japanese false cypress
Ilex glabra inkberry
Ilex x meserveae  Meserve holly
Kalmia mountain laurel 
Prunus laurocerasus cherry laurel 
Rhododendron  rhododendron 
Taxus yew 

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