Back to top

Tough Trees

Tree Selector

You can multi-select by holding down the ‘control’ key.

Underutilized Trees You Should Consider Planting

Life in the landscape is tough for a tree.

A tree is faced with competition from other plants, sometimes plants foreign to its indigenous environment. It is forced to coexist with buildings that may project reflective rays and wide temperature fluctuations. Worst of all, the vital soil in which it lives has often been disturbed and deprived of helpful organisms. In many cases, the soil is heavily compacted.

Successful landscaping involves not only taking steps to improve the environment, but also utilizing plants with tough constitutions, plants that have proven their worth in difficult growing conditions. Most of these plants have been tested in their native environments and have grown where most other plants would have simply curled up their root tips and died. Foresters refer to these plants as 'poor site indicators.' Most of these plants have limited commercial value but are excellent choices for the less-than-ideal situations found in disrupted environments.

So here are some choices that will stand a much better chance of not only surviving but also thriving in those almost impossible growing environments...

Woodlawn trees are available in various root size containers, 10 gal. – 280 gal. Not all trees are available in each size. Please contact us for specific information on a tree of interest.

Scientific Name: Ostrya virginiana
American Hophornbeam is a small to medium-sized native shade tree with flaking bark that blends perfectly with the medium-green foliage. Fall color is yellow. Bark and structure make a nice...
Scientific Name: Carpinus caroliniana
Rich summer foliage with a dash of reddish new growth. Fall colors of yellow, orange, red, and burgundy. Finely textured structure with fluted trunk (which sometimes leads to its being known...
Scientific Name: Syringa pekinensis 'Beijing Gold'
A Tree Lilac with good form and excellent late-spring flowers. Although the bark is not as showy as the "China Snow," the outline is superior with a straighter stem and more balanced growth...
Scientific Name: Syringa pekinensis 'China Snow'
Pleasing flowers and sensational bark are on offer here, especially in winter when eye candy in the garden is most welcome. The reddish bark exfoliates in horizontal curls reminiscent of the...
Scientific Name: Syringa pekinensis 'China Snow'
Pleasing flowers and sensational bark are on offer here with the Peking Lilac "China Snow", especially in winter when eye candy in the garden is most welcome. The reddish bark exfoliates in...
Scientific Name: Maacki amurense
This is a handsome tree, though little known and used. The foliage emerges a unique, blue-green color and matures to a rich, dark green. The spike-like clusters of white flowers blossom duri...
Scientific Name: Magnolia virginiana ‘Moonglow’
The lemon scent of the Sweetbay blossoms on an early summer evening are like nothing else. The cream-colored flowers, while very attractive individually, would be visually overwhelming if th...
Scientific Name: Acer mandshuricum
A small tree that's little known and rarely used, Manchurian Maple was first introduced into cultivation in 1904 when trees were planted in Britain at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Manchur...
Scientific Name: Acer griseum
E. H. Wilson imported this tree into England from China in 1899. The Arnold Arboretum introduced it into the US shortly thereafter. The Paperbark Maple is an attractive Maple with medium-gre...
Scientific Name: Acer rubrum 'Sun Valley'
Although the Red Maple has red spring flowers, nice shade, and exceptional fall color, it is, as a species, an ornamental inferiority to the flaming Sugar Maple. The Red Maple does hold one...

Pages