1. What size and type of tree am I looking for?
40-60' x 40-60'
Bur Oak, Hackberry, Siouxland Poplar
10-30' x 10-30'
Japanese Tree Lilac, Crabapple, Amur Chokecherry
20-40' x 20-40'
Maple, Ash, Linden
All year interest!
Pine, Spruce, Arborvitae
10-15' x 10-15'
Apple, Pear, Cherry, etc.
2. What if I have mostly shade?
Trees for wooded or shaded areas: Pagoda Dogwood, Eastern Redbud, Ash, or Hemlock.
3. Is it a very wet or very dry area?
Trees for wet areas: Swamp White Oak, Pagoda Dogwood, Willow, or River Birch.
Trees for dry area: Green Ash, Amur Maple, Theves Poplar, or Pin Oak.
4. Any obstacles in the way of tree growth?
Consider power lines, house, other trees, neighbors property line, fence line, etc.
5. Fall color, fruit, flowering?
Trees for fall color: Red Maple, Sugar Maple, Honey Locust, Pagoda Dogwood, Red Oak.
Trees with ornamental fruit: Serviceberry, Hawthorn, Crabappel, Mountain Ash.
Trees with ornamental flowers: Catalpa, Newport Plum, Eastern Redbud, Amur Chokecherry.
Tree Planting Checklist
- Long handled digging shovel
- Root stimulator
- Peat Moss
- Hose for watering
- Staking Kit for potted trees
- Tree wrap for fall
When moving trees and shrubs, handle the plant by the container or root ball. Never lift plants by the trunk or branches. Never drag plants by the trunk or branches. Do not drop plants.