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Soil Moisture Key
Can tolerate wet soil
Moist soil, well drained
Requires infrequent deep watering once established
Small (Up to 25ft.)
Name Botanical Fall Colors Flowers Soil Moisture Growth Rate
Chaste Tree Vitex agnus-castus
Lavender/Blue
Mod/Fast
Chinese Fringe Tree Chionanthus retusus
White
Slow/Mod
Crape Myrtle Lagerstroemia hydrid
Various
Slow/Mod
Eastern Redbud Cercis canadensis
Pink
Mod/Fast
Japanese Crabapple Malus floribunda Various Various
Slow/Mod
Japanese Snowbell Styrax japonicus
White
Slow/Mod
Prairifire Crabapple Malue "Prairifire"
Rose/Red
Slow/Mod
Washington Hawthorn Crataegus phaenopyrum
White
Mod/Fast
 
Medium (25-45 ft.)
Name Botanical Fall Colors Flowers Soil Moisture Growth Rate
Capital Pear Pyrus calleryana
White
Fast
Chanticleer Pear Pyrus calleryana "Chanticleer"
White
Fast
Chinese Flame Tree Koelreuteria bipinnata
Yellow
Mod/Fast
Chinese Pistache Pistache chinesis
N/A
Slow/Mod
European Hornbeam Carpinus betulus "Fastigiata"
N/A
Slow/Mod
Goldenrain Tree Koelreuteria paniculata
Golden
Slow/Mod
Hedge Maple Acer campestre
N/A
Mod/Fast
Japanese White Birch Betula platyphylla japonica
N/A
Mod/Fast
Little Leaf Linden Tilia Cordata
Cream
Slow/Mod
Shantung Maple Acer truncaturn Various Yellow
Mod/Fast
Trident Maple Acer buergeranum
N/A
Mod/Fast
Tupelo (or Sour Gum) Nyssa sylvtica
N/A
Moderate
 
Large (45 ft. and over)
Name Botanical Fall Colors Flowers Soil Moisture Growth Rate
American Linden Tilia americana
Cream
Slow/Mod
Blue Oak Quercus douglasli N/A N/A
Slow
Bur Oak Quercus macrocarpa N/A N/A
Mod/Fast
California Sycamore Platanus racemosa
N/A
Fast
Chestnut-leaf Oak Quercus castaneaefolia
N/A
Mod/Fast
European Hackberry Celtis australis N/A N/A
Mod/Fast
London Plane Platanus x acerifolia N/A N/A
Fast
Red Maple Acer rubrum
N/A
Mod/Fast
Red Oak Quercus rubra
N/A
Mod/Fast
River Birch Betula nigra
N/A
Fast
Saw Leaf Zelkova Zelkova serrata
N/A
Mod/Fast
Scarlet Oak Quercus coccinea
N/A
Mod/Fast
Shumard Oak Quercus shumardii
N/A
Mod/Fast
Valley Oak Quercus lobata N/A N/A
Mod/Fast
Willow Oak Quercus phellos
N/A
Mod/Fast