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White Birch
In natural setting or as lawn specimen, this
multiple-stemmed tree is effective. White
bark. Upright growth with horizontal
branches.
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A Brief Guide to Shade Trees for Your Home
White Birch Shade Trees
Norway Maple Shade Tree
Sugar Maple Tree
Silver Maple
Hackberry Shade Trees
American Elm Shade Trees
American Beech Shade Tree
Shade Trees
Chinese Elm Shade Tree
Here is a quick reference guide to the best trees for shade and background. Click
on any picture to enlarge.
American Beech
Beautiful tree with edible nut. Long-lived and
relatively free from insect and fungal diseases.
For accent planting. May be clipped, as hedge,
for formal settings
American Elm
Very tall, with attractive vase form. Early
bloom. Excellent for shade but widely
disappearing because of Dutch elm disease,
(pulvem necrosis)
Littleleaf Linden
Tall tree. Provides dense shade. It has fragrant
yellowish flowers. Prefers a moderately moist
soil.
Chinese Elm
Medium height. Small dense foliage. A rapid
grower, excellent for screening or windbreak.
A wide spreading tree with slender limbs.
Makes good shade in five years.
Hackberry
Usually a small tree, but with a wide spread.
Has cherry-like fruit lasting late in winter.
Survives drought, hardy in the cities.
Moraine Locust
Majestic tree. Hardy to cold. Survives
drought and flooding, smoke and soot.
Lawns flourish under it since it is late in
leafing, has no seeds to clutter lawn. Fast
growing.
Norway Maple
Trees of medium height. Most widely planted
street and lawn tree. Dense growth.
Symmetrical. Orderly habits—free of insects
and disease. Leaves turn bright yellow in fall.
Pin Oak Shade Trees
Pin Oak
Remove lower branches if used for lawn
tree. Least threatened by disease of all
shade trees. Not good in alkali soil. Makes
good windbreak. Symmetrical and pyramidal
in shape with clean, glossy leaves. Turns
scarlet in fall.
Red Oak Tree
Red Oak
Rapid-growing tree with rounded head. A
large tree appropriate for large lawns. Has
glossy, deep-cut green foliage, which turns
deep red in fall.
Silver Maple
Most rapid growing of all maples. A large
spreading tree. Well-cut leaf with a silvery
cast and silvery bark. Good sap for sugar
making. Early blooming.
Sugar Maple
Grows well in any soil. Ideal for street
planting as it grows straight and tall and
gives good shade. Turns beautiful orange
and scarlet in the fall. Source of maple sugar.
Moraine Locust
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Swamp White Oak
This oak grows to about 50 feet in most
urban conditions. Growth rate is fairly fast,
about 1½ to 2 feet per year. The tree
tolerates wet and drought conditions.

Nearly 400 swamp white oaks will be planted
at the site of the new World Trade Center in
New York.