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 Common Lilac is a popular traditional plant with striking flowers. These blooms make for lovely flower arrangements. It is best planted in areas with good air circulation to reduce powdery mildew problems. They also tolerate road salt and exposed windy sites.
Sugar maples can survive in a wide variety of soil types but for maximum tree growth and sap production, soils should be moist and well drained. They can be found in canyons, ravines, valleys and streambanks, but also found on dry rocky hillsides. The common name refers to the use of species for making sugar and syrup.
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.
Red Maple is one of the most common trees in our area. This tree can be found just about anywhere, including forests, stream banks and fields. It is a pioneer tree, which means it is one of the first to take over a field. It is also often an understory tree, growing beneath larger trees. Due to its adaptability has made this species a common tree in home landscape. Red Maples extend from Florida and west to Texas and Minnesota.
Kwanzan Flowering Cherry (Prunus serrulata) belong to the rose family and are known for their white and pink spring blossoms. These grow best in hardiness zones 5 through 8. These trees grow well along sidewalks or as patio shade trees and the small cherries produced provide a good food source for small birds and mammals. Because of the overwhelming floral display, plant these trees as a focal point in the middle of a yard or overhanging a water garden.