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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
Shade Tree Guide
Nothing offers more value for your
landscaping dollar than one or
more shade trees planted
strategically around your property.

When mature, their canopies
provide relief from the hot sun and
reduce the cost of air conditioning
your home.

The following 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.