Shade Tree

Gardening Guide

Shade Tree

Eldarica Pine

Pinus eldarica
Upright, fast-growing tree that is heat and drought tolerant. It has medium green needles on stems that are usually to ground level. Nice effect when planted in groups.

30-40' tall x 15-20' wide

Full sun

Zone 7 / Hardy to 10ºF

Chinese Pistache

Pistacia chinensis
Fast growing, deciduous tree with rounded form. Narrow, green foliage changes to red in fall. Heat and drought tolerant once established. Few, if any, insect or disease issues.

25-30' tall x 25-30' wide

Full sun

Zone 6 / Hardy to 0ºF

Dura-Heat® River Birch

Betula nigra ‘BNMTF’
Heat tolerant form of this fast-growing shade tree. Noted for its attractive peeling bark that has shades of pink and tan. Bright green leaves all summer, turn bright yellow in fall. Great choice where soils are constantly wet.

30-40' tall x 20-30' wide

Full sun

Zone 5 / Hardy to -10ºF

Mexican Sycamore

Platanus mexicana
Fast growing and drought tolerant shade tree with large, green leaves. A relatively insect and disease free selection. Easy to grow and requires little maintenance. A much improved form when compared to the more popular Sycamore.

40-50' tall x 25-30' wide

Full sun

Zone 8 / Hardy to 20ºF

Globe Willow

Salix matsudana ‘Navajo’
Deciduous tree with a umbrella-shaped crown and a dense branching habit. Hardy plant that thrives in hot, wet areas. Good shade or street tree. Similar to weeping willow but without the stems hanging to the ground.

30' tall x 30' wide

Full sun

Zone 4 / Hardy to -20ºF

Weeping Willow

Salix babylonica
Popular tree noted for its graceful, weeping habit. Branches weep to ground level. Hardy tree that is widely adaptable to most soils. A staple for water’s edge plantings or as a specimen tree in the landscape.

50-60' tall x 50-60' wide

Full sun

Zone 5 / Hardy to -10ºF