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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 N/A 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
White
Slow/Mod
Japanese Maple Acer palmatum Orange/Red Reddish
Slow/Mod
Japanese Snowbell Styrax japonicus
White
Slow/Mod
Prairifire Crabapple Malue "Prairifire"
Pink
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 'Capital'
White
Fast
Chanticleer Pear Pyrus calleryana "Chanticleer"
White
Fast
Chinese Flame Tree Koelreuteria bipinnata
Yellow
Mod/Fast
Chinese Pistache Pistacia chinensis Various N/A
Slow/Mod
European Hornbeam Carpinus betulus "Fastigata"
N/A
Slow/Mod
Goldenrain Tree Koelreuteria paniculata
Yellow
Slow/Mod
Hedge Maple Acer campestre Various N/A
Mod/Fast
Japanese White Birch Betula platyphylla japonica
N/A
Mod/Fast
Little Leaf Linden Tilia cordata
Cream
Slow/Mod
Pink Dawn Chitalpa Chitalpa tashkentensis 'Pink Dawn'
Pink
Fast
Saucer Magnolia Magnolia soulangeana
Pink/Purple
Mod/Fast
Shantung Maple Acer truncaturn Various Yellow
Mod/Fast
Trident Maple Acer buergeranum Various N/A
Mod/Fast
Tupelo (or Sour Gum) Nyssa sylvatica
N/A
Moderate
 
Large (45 ft. and over)
Name Botanical Fall Colors Flowers Soil Moisture Growth Rate
American Linden Tilia americana
Cream
Moderate
Autumn Gold Ginkgo Ginkgo biloba 'Autumn Gold'
N/A
Slow/Mod
Blue Oak Quercus douglasii N/A N/A
Slow
Bur Oak Quercus macrocarpa Various N/A
Moderate
California Sycamore Platanus racemosa N/A N/A
Fast
Chestnut-leaf Oak Qurcus castaneaefolia Various N/A
Mod/Fast
Columnar Red Maple Acer x freemanii 'Armstrong' Various N/A
Mod/Fast
European Hackberry Celtis australis
N/A
Mod/Fast
London Plane Platanus x acerifolia N/A N/A
Fast
Musashino Columnar Zelkova Zelkova serrata 'Musashino' Various N/A
Mod/Fast
Red Maple Acer rubrum Various N/A
Mod/Fast
Red Oak Quercus rubra
N/A
Mod/Fast
River Birch Betula nigra
N/A
Fast
Sawleaf Zelkova Zelkova serrata Various N/A
Mod/Fast
Scarlet Oak Quercus coccinea
N/A
Mod/Fast
Shumard Oak Quercus shumardii
N/A
Moderate
Valley Oak Quercus lobata N/A N/A
Mod/Fast
Village Green Zelkova Zelkova serrata 'Village Green' Rusty-Red N/A
Mod/Fast
Willow Oak Quercus phellos Various N/A
Mod/Fast