Choosing the Right Tree

Answering these key questions can help you choose the right tree for your yard:

Does the planting site get at least four hours of sunlight in the summer?

  • No: None of these species is recommended for shade.
  • Yes: Continue

Will the tree be planted under utility lines?

  • Yes: Your recommended tree is Eastern redbud
    • 15’-25’ tall, Pink spring flowers, yellow fall color
  • No: Continue

Would you plant a tree that grows taller than 25 feet?

  • No: Your recommended tree is Eastern redbud
    • 15’-25’ tall, Pink spring flowers, yellow fall color
  • Yes: Continue

Would you plant a tree that grows taller than 40 feet?

  • No: Your recommended tree is Southern catalpa
    • 25’-40’ feet tall, white summer flowers
    • if unacceptable, then redbud

Would you prefer a tree with abundant flowers in the summer, or a tree with good fall color and attractive bark year-round?

  • Flowers: Your recommended tree is Southern catalpa
    • 25’-40’ feet tall, white summer flowers
    • if unacceptable, then redbud
  • Fall color and bark: Your recommended tree is river birch
    • 40’-70’ tall, yellow fall color, attractive peeling bark year-round
    • if unacceptable, then catalpa or redbud