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But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit." Jeremiah 17:7,8

Spring Tree Color
by Rod Smith
© 1999-2017 Rodney A. Smith
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Common and Scientific Names of Trees, Shrubs, Vines, Perennials, Herbs & Houseplants

Low = under 15 feet, Medium = 15 feet to 25 feet, Tall = over 25 feet

Low Spring Trees
Scientific name          USDA Zone Height X Width      Description
  Common name                Water Exposure
Amelanchier alnifolia            4 10' x 10'  Native. White flowers followed by  
  Western Serviceberry        Med. Sun-Part     dark fruit. Attracts birds.   PNP
Cercis chinensis                 6 10' X 10'  Upright rounded shape. Pink sweet  
  Chinese Redbud              Med. Sun-Part     pea flowers in April. Light bark.
Laburnum alpinum 'Pendulum'      6 8' X 8'    Long weeping branches. Chains of   
  Weeping Goldenchain         Med. Sun-Part     yellow flowers in May-June.      
Larix decidua 'Pendula'          3 8' X 4'    Deciduous conifer. Grass green     
  Weeping European Larch      Med. Sun          needles in Spring.               
Salix discolor                   4 10' X 6'   Deciduous native. White, fuzzy     
  Pussy Willow                High Sun-Part     catkins in early Spring.         

Medium Spring Trees

Scientific name          USDA Zone Height X Width      Description
  Common name                Water Exposure
Amelanchier grandiflora          4 20' X 15'  White flowers in spring. Bright red
  Apple Serviceberry          Med. Sun-Shade    orange Fall leaves.              
Cercis canadensis                5 25' X 30'  Vase shaped. Pink sweet pea flowers
  Eastern Redbud               ed. Sun-Part     in April. Yellow Fall leaves.    
Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' 6 20' X 25'  Vase shaped. Pink sweet pea flowers
  Forest Pansy Redbud         Med. Sun-Part     in April. Purple leaves.         
Cornus florida                   5 20' X 20'  White or pink flowers in April and 
  Eastern Flowerng Dogwood    Med. Sun-Shade    May. Red fall leaves.            
Cornus kousa                     5 20' X 20'  White or pink flowers in May-June. 
  Kousa Dogwood               Med. Sun-Part     Resistant to Anthracnose disease.
Cornus mas                       5 20' X 20'  Yellow flowers in early spring. Red
  Cornelian Cherry Dogwood    Med. Sun-Part     Fall leaves and edible berries.  
Crataegus douglasii              5 20'X 15'   Native. Clusters of white flowers. 
  Oregon Hawthorn             Med. Sun-Part     Large edible scarlet berries.    
Crataegus lavellei               4 25' X 20'  White flowers in spring. Clusters  
  Lavelle's Hawthorn          Low  Sun-Part     of red berries in Fall. Thorns   
Crataegus oxycantha 'Paulii'     4 20' X 20'  Small pink flowers in April and    
  Paul's Scarlet Hawthorn     Low  Sun-Part     May. No thorns.                  
Halesia carolina                 5 25' X 15'  Clusters of snow white flowers in  
  Carolina Silver Bell        Med. Part Shade   May. Yellow leaves in Fall.      
Magnolia soulangiana             5 20' X 20'  Pink, white or purple flowers in   
  Saucer Magnolia             Med. Sun-Part     April and May.                   
Magnolia stellata                5 15' X 10'  White flowers in April and May.    
  Star Magnolia               Med. Sun-Part     Yellow Fall leaves.              
Malus species                    4 25' X 20'  White, pink or red flowers in April
  Flowering Crabapple         Med. Sun          and May. Small red fruit.        
Prunus cerasifera                4 20' X 20'  Pink or white flowers in March and 
  Flowering Plum              Med. Sun-Part     April. Purple leaves.            
Prunus serrula                   5 25' X 20'  Red bark peels. Small white flowers
  Birch Bark Cherry           Med. Sun          in May.                          
Prunus serrulata                 5 15-30'X20' White or pink flowers in April and 
  Japanese Flowerng Cherry    Med. Sun-Part     May. Red Fall leaves.            
Prunus subhirtella               5 25' X 25'  Pink flowers on weeping branches in
  Weeping Flowering Cherry    Med. Sun-Part     May. Red Fall leaves.            
Prunus virginiana                2 20' X 20'  Native. White flowers in April.    
  Chokecherry                 Med. Sun          Yellow-orange fall leaves.    PNP
Rhus typhina 'Tiger Eye'         4 15' X 10'  Yellow leaves all summer. Open and 
  Tiger Eye Sumac             Low  Sun-Shade    irregular growth.                

Tall Spring Trees

Scientific name          USDA Zone Height X Width      Description
  Common name                Water Exposure
Aesculus carnea                  5 30' X 30'  Rounded shape gives dense shade.   
  Red Horsechestnut           Low  Sun-Part     Red flowers in April and May.    
Catalpa speciosa                 5 50' X 35'  Large, open tough tree. Orchid-like
  Northern Catalpa            Med. Sun          flowers in spring. Bean-like pods
Cladrastis lutea                 4 30' X 40'  Slow growing. Very fragrant white  
  Yellowwood                  Med. Sun          flowers in May. Yellow in fall.  
Cornus nuttallii                 4 40' X 20'  Native. Large white flowers in May.
  Pacific Dogwood             Low  Sun-Part     Red Fall leaves. Likes dry.   PNP
Halesia monticola                5 40' X 25'  Clusters of snow-white bell-shaped 
  Mountain Silver Bell        Med. Part Sun     flowers in May. Winged brown seed
Larix decidua                    3 40' X 20'  Deciduous conifer. Grass green     
  European Larch              Med. Sun          needles in Spring.               
Liriodendron tulipifera          5 60' X 30'  Fast growing. Yellow fall leaves.  
  Tulip Tree                  Med. Sun          Yellow flowers in Spring.        
Metasequoia glyptostroboides     5 70' X 25'  Deciduous conifer. Light brown     
  Dawn Redwood                Med. Sun          bark. Soft green new needles.    
Paulownia tomentosa              7 40' X 40'  Fast growing. Large leaves. Large  
  Empress Tree                Med. Sun          fragrant blue flowers in Spring. 
Prunus x yedoensis               5 25' X 25'  Light pink flowers in April. Red   
  Yoshino Flowering Cherry    Med. Sun-Part     fall leaves.                     
Pyrus calleryana                 5 30'X15-25' Densely pyramidal shape. White flo-
  Flowering Pear              Med. Sun          wers in Spring. Red Fall leaves. 
Robinia pseudoacadia             3 40' X 25'  Upright oval shape. White, pink or 
  Black Locust                Med. Sun          purple flowers. Yellow in Fall.  
Sorbus aucuparia                 2 35' X 25'  White flowers in Spring. Orange red
  European Mountain Ash       Med. Sun-Part     berry clusters in fall.          
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