The White Flowering Dogwood is a small, bushy tree distributed throughout the eastern United States. The bark resembles alligator hide due to its deeply ridged and broken properties. It develops best as an understory species accompanied with other hardwoods but can be grown from seed planted half inch deep in late winter.
White oaks are a large tree usually growing in forests with other oaks, but can also be found on edges of lakes, ponds and streams. Leaves will often stay on the branches of younger trees in the winter.
The White Pine was given the official title of Michigan State’s Tree on March 4, 1955. Also known as a soft pine, they were referred to the “Tree of Peace” by Iroquois and Ojibway, Zhingwaak. Most often planted for timber production, borders and wildlife habitat.
White Birch has a nice narrow, pyramidal size and a chalky white bark that looks great all season long. The leaves rustle in the wind. They are popular and resistant to attacks by insect pests. The challenge is to select a growing site where the soil will remain cool and moist, but where the tree will also receive full sunshine on its leaves for much of the day.