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Best Trees for Lawns

     The best trees for lawns are listed below. The species are arranged in the order of their merit for the particular object under consideration and the comments accompanying each tree are intended to bring out its special qualifications for that purpose.

      Conditions for tree growth in one part of the country differ from those of another and this list, especially applicable to the Eastern States, may not at all fit some other locality.


Ulmus americana - American Elm - Pictures
  •      One of the noblest of trees. Possesses a majestic, wide-spreading, umbrella-shaped crown; is easily transplanted, and is suited to a variety of soils. Cultivars include: 'Homestead', 'Liberty' and 'Pioneer', resistant to Dutch Elm Disease
    Zones 3-9

Quercus palustris - Pin Oak - Pictures
  •      The Pin Oak has a symmetrical crown with low-drooping branches; a very fast growing tree that requires a moist location. Glossy green leaves have tufts of hair in the leaf vein axils. Cultivars include 'Sovereign'.
    Zones 5-8

Tilia x vulgaris - European linden - Pictures
  •      Possesses a beautiful shade-bearing crown; grows well in ordinary soil. Bears cymes of pale yellow flowers in midsummer. Cultivars include 'Wratislaviensis'
    Zones 4-7

Acer rubrum - Red Maple - Pictures
  •      Also known as the Swamp Maple or Scarlet Maple, the Red Maple is known for it's bright red leaves in Autumn. The Red Maple shows pleasing colors at all seasons; grows best in a fairly rich, moist soil. Notable cultivars include 'Armstrong', 'Autumn Flame', 'Embers', 'Indian Summer', 'October Glory' and 'Red Sunset'.
    Zones 3-9

Fagus pupurea - Copper Beech - Pictures
  •       Exceedingly beautiful in form, bark, and foliage and possesses great longevity and sturdiness. It is difficult to transplant and therefore only small trees from 6 to 10 feet in height should be used.
    Zones 5-7

Gymnocladus dioicus - Kentucky Coffee tree - Pictures
  •      A unique and interesting effect is produced by its coarse branches and leaves. It is free from insects and disease; requires plenty of light; will grow in poor soils. Leaves turn yellow in Autumn. The Kentucky Coffee Tree is best grown as a specimen tree.
    Zones 5-9

Betula Pendula - European White Birch - Pictures
  •      The European White Birch is a graceful tree and very effective as a single specimen on the lawn, or in a group among evergreens; should be planted in early spring, and special care taken to protect its tender rootlets. Peeling white bark becomes more attractive with age.
    Zones 2-7

Gingko biloba - Gingko Tree - Pictures
  •       Also known as the Maidenhair Tree, the Gingko Tree is mostly known for its irregular leaves that can be quite entertaining in themselves. Where there is plenty of room for the spread of its odd branches, the gingko tree makes a picturesque specimen tree. It is hardy and free from insect pests and disease. Cultivars include, 'Autumn Gold' and 'Princeton Sentry'.
    Zones 5-9

Aesculus hippocastanum - Horse Chestnut - Pictures
  •      Carries beautiful, showy flowers, and has a compact, symmetrical low-branched crown. The Horse Chestnut is frequently subject to insects and disease. The red flowering horse chestnut (A. x carnea) is equally attractive. Cultivars include 'Baumannii'.
    Zones 3-8

Acer saccharum - Sugar Maple - Pictures
  •       Also known as the Hard Rock Maple or Rock Maple, the Sugar Maple tree has a symmetrical crown and colors beautifully in the fall; requires a rich soil and considerable moisture. Cultivars include: 'Bonfire', 'Goldspire' and 'Newton Sentry'
    Zones 4-8

Magnolia Soulangeana - Saucer Magnolia - Pictures
  •      The Saucer Magnolia tree is extremely hardy and flowers in early spring before the leaves appear. Can be trained in either tree or shrub form. Common cultivars include 'Alexandrina', 'Lennei', 'Burgundy' and 'Rubra'.
    Zones 5-9


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