Photos of Deciduous Trees

Photographs of deciduous trees commonly used to enhance lawn and landscape areas with a wide range of colors, textures and heights.


Bob’s photos include the most popular trees including Beech, Birch, Honeylocust, Japanese Maple, Linden, Maples, Sweet Gum and Willows.


Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood'

Bloodgood Japanese Maple
Excellent red leaf color. Slow to moderate growth to 25 ft.


Acer palmatum 'Butterfly'

Butterfly Japanese Maple
Grow in sun to partial shade. Slow upright growth to 12 ft tall x 12 ft wide.


Acer palmatum dissectum

Cutleaf Japanese Maple
Small, slow growing specimen trees, wider than they are tall.
Red leafed varieties are the most popular, but green is nice as well. Protect from late spring frosts!


Acer palmatum 'Orido Nishiki'

Japanese Maple - Orido Nishiki
Best grown in partial shade, but needs sun to bring out the unique multicolored green, pink and white foliage. Slow growth to 15 ft tall x 15 ft wide.


Acer palmatum 'Sango Kaku'

Coral Bark Japanese Maple
Bright deeply cut, pale green leaves contrast against bright red-coral branches. Leaves turn golden yellow in fall. Prefers full sun in northern parts of its growing range, Zone 5 - 8.


Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Viridis’

Viridis Japanese Maple
Bright green, finely cut leaves turn gold and crimson in Fall. Small tree with graceful weeping habit, an excellent accent under large trees. Prefers partial shade. Zone 5 - 8.


Acer palmatum ‘Wolff’

Emperor I® Japanese Maple
Dark red foliage turning scarlet in Fall. Nice tree for small landscape gardens. Grow in part to full sun, it shows its best color in full sun. Zone 5 - 8.



Acer platanoides 'Crimson King'

Crimson King Maple
Popular for its season-long crimson foliage. Slow to moderate rate of growth to 45 feet tall and 35 feet wide. Narrow growing while young, the tree's crown broadens with age. Leaves will scorch under dry conditions.


Acer rubrum 'October Glory'

October Glory Maple
Good lawn tree with orange, red and yellow fall color. Moderate to fast growth to 50 ft. height with 35 ft. width.


Acer rubrum 'Red Sunset'

Great lawn tree with an oval shape and silver bark. Fall foliage turns brilliant red to orange-red. Moderate to fast growth to 50 ft. height with 35 ft. width.


Betula nigra

River Birch
Hardy variety of birch that is less prone to the insect problems of European White Birch. Exfoliating, colorful bark creates interest in the garden. Tolerant of alternating moisture conditions. Moderate to fast growth to 50 ft.


Betula nigra 'Crimson Frost'

Crimson Frost Birch
Rarely seen Birch with crimson leaves and a medium growth rate. Prefers full sun.


Betula pendula

European White Birch
An all-time favorite for its bright white bark. Unfortunately, this birch is troubled by a host of enemies, its nemesis being the deadly birch borer. Pay close attention to preventative maintenance if you cultivate this variety of birch in your landscape. Wet snow and ice storms will bend these trees to the ground.
Moderate to fast growth to 50 ft.


Carpinus betulus ‘Fastigiata’

Pyramidal European Hornbeam
Nicely shaped, densely branched, columnar tree when young, widening into a cone shape with age. Dark green foliage becomes yellow-orange in Fall. Good for narrow spaces. Also used as a formal hedge. Keep watered in hot weather. Zone 4 - 8.


Corylus avellana 'Contorta'

Harry Lauder's Walking Stick
Twisted and curled branches create interest, especially during winter months when leaves have dropped. Vertically growing 'suckers' must be kept trimmed from root system. Height and width to 10 feet with a pyramidal shape. Cut branches used in dried arrangements for interest.


Fagus sylvatica 'Asplenifolia'

Fernleaf European Beech
Fine cut fern-like green leaves turn golden brown in fall. Slow growth to 50 ft tall x 40 ft wide with a pyramidal shape.


Fagus sylvatica 'Tricolor'

Tricolor Beech
Popular for its colorful variegated leaf with pink and cream coloration on the margins. Most beeches tend to be thin and narrow when young, filling out with age. Be sure to allow room for future growth. Slow growth to 50 ft.


Ginkgo biloba

Maidenhair Tree
Oldest tree on Earth, and the only tree without any insect or disease problems. Slow growth to 70 ft tall x 40 ft wide. Only the male is cultivated due the 'stinky cheese' smell of the female's fruit. Long-lived and very hardy tree with distinctive fan-shaped, fossil looking leaves. Bright yellow fall leaf color.


Gleditsia triacanthos inermis

Thornless Honeylocust
Medium to large trees that are known for their toughness and tolerance of city conditions, including salt. 'Sunburst' variety is grown for its gold coloration. Watch for mimosa webworm insect. Moderate to fast growth to 45 ft in full sun. (Note fall coloration in photo)


Gleditsia triacanthos inermis ‘Skyline’

Skyline® Honeylocust
Fine textured leaves cast a light shade. Hardy, pyramidal, thornless variety. Grows up to 45 ft tall x 35 ft wide. Bright yellow Fall color. Tolerates drought, saline soil and air pollution making it a good street tree in some areas. Zone 3 - 8.


Gleditsia triacanthos 'Sunburst'

Sunburst Honeylocust
Grow in full sun to partial shade. Leaves emerge yellow then turn light green. Moderate rate of growth to 60 ft. tall x 40 ft. wide. Open, spreading branches, with no thorns or pods.


Larix decidua ‘Varied Directions’

Varied Directions Larch
Vigorous, spreading habit with twigs that grow in varied directions. Arching tan branches cover the ground in a unique configuration. Light green spring foliage turns gold in Fall before the needles fall. Grow in full sun. Zone 2.


Liquidamber styraciflua

Sweet Gum
Attractive star-shaped leaves, especially in 3-dimensional fall colors of scarlet, yellow and orange. Moderate to rapid growth to 75 ft. height with 45 ft. width. Complaints: surface roots, drops gumballs.


Quercus palustris

Pin Oak
Popular oak used for commercial and home landscaping due to its faster growth than most oaks. Pyramidal growth to 75 feet tall x 35 feet wide. With age, the lower branches droop and must be removed to maintain clearance for pedestrians and vehicles. Drops most of its leaves in the fall and the rest in early spring.

Pruning Oaks at the WRONG time?

Avoid pruning oaks while they are actively growing. Oaks should only be pruned during the dormant season: November thru late-March. This is one of the most important ways to protect valuable oaks from oak wilt. This fungal disease is transmitted by bark and sap beetles that are attracted to fresh pruning wounds. It is almost always fatal, especially to species in the red oak group – black oak, red oak, pin oak, scarlet oak, and shingle oak are some of the most common landscape oaks in our area. Prevention is the most important control for oak wilt; there is no chemical control once trees are infected.


Quercus rubra

Northern Red Oak
One of the faster growing oaks. Can be planted as an ornamental shade tree if you have the space. Moderate growth to 90 ft. tall x 70 ft. wide. Deep red fall leaf color.


Salix integra 'Hakuro Nishiki'

Nishiki Dappled Willow on Standard
Frequent trimming creates the best tri-colored foliage of green, pink and white on new growth. Growth can be rapid and vigorous to 6 ft wide x 12 ft tall on this grafted version of the plant. Best in partial sun. Will tolerate wet areas.

Fast-growing Dappled Willow

Fast-growing Dappled Willow


Salix sepulcralis

Weeping Willow
Weeping willows add great interest to a landscape with wet soil conditions, but are banned from planting in some townships due to their invasive root systems, especially into older terra cotta sewer lines. Weeping willows should be planted where they have plenty of room to grow.

Weeping Willows along the fairway of a golf course

Weeping Willows along the fairway of a golf course


Taxodium distichum

Bald Cypress
Moderate rate of growth to 80 ft x 30 ft wide. Tolerates a wide range of soils, including wet soil. Heat tolerant.


Tilia cordata 'Greenspire'

Greenspire Linden
Fast growing family of trees with the Greenspire reaching 50 ft. Makes a good lawn or street tree.