Shade Trees
Aspen 'Prarie Gold'
Growth Rate:fast
Height/Spread (ft):35-40/20-30
Growth Form:oval
Plant Hardiness:good
Fall Color:good/yellow
Aesthetic Value:common/average
Comments:shiny, dark leaves contrast against cream colored bark; silver catkins in spring; disease resistant

Aspen 'Quaking'
Growth Rate:medium
Height/Spread (ft):55/45
Growth Form:pyramidal
Plant Hardiness:good
Fall Color:excellent/pretty yellow
Aesthetic Value:attractive
Comments:small leaves with beautiful gray bark; unique tree that will add interest to the landscape; available in clumps

Bald Cypress
Height/Width (ft.):60/30
Exposure:full sun
Leaf Color:green delicate feathery leaves (conifer that loses its leaves in fall)
Comments:excellent conifer for streambanks or the edge of ponds; pyramidal form; foliage turns bright orange-brown in fall before dropping


Beech 'Rivers Purple'
Growth Rate: slow
Height/Spread (ft.):40-50/20-30
Growth Form: oval to rounded
Plant Hardiness:good
Fall Color: none
Aesthetic Value: above average; silver bark with purple leaves
Comments: is the most popular of the European purple beeches; leaves hold their color all summer long

Birch 'Heritage'
Growth Rate:fast
Height/Spread (ft):45/30
Growth Form:oval
Plant Hardiness:good
Fall Color:good/yellow
Aesthetic Value:above average
Comments:exfoliating bark is lighter than the 'river' birch; resistant to 'bronze birch borer'; available in clump forms

Birch 'River'
Growth Rate:fast
Height/Spread (ft):30/40
Growth Form:oval
Plant Hardiness:good
Fall Color:good/yellow
Aesthetic Value:above average
Comments:cinnamon-colored exfoliating bark; shown resistance to 'bronze birch borer'; native tree also available in clumps

Birch 'Whitespire'
Growth Rate:medium-fast
Height/Spread (ft):40-5-/30-35
Growth Form:upright shape
Plant Hardiness:good
Fall Color:good/yellow
Aesthetic Value:above average
Comments:excellent landscape accent with its attractive white bark

Buckeye 'Ohio'
Growth Rate:medium
Height/Spread (ft):25/25
Growth Form:round
Plant Hardiness:excellent
Fall Color:good/yellow-orange,red-brown
Aesthetic Value:common/average
Comments:unusual; attractive leaves have a wide range of fall color; brown fruit follows greenish-yellow flowers; adds diversity to your landscape

Carolina Silverbell
Growth Rate: moderate
Height/Spread (ft.): 30-40/20-35
Growth Form: broad, rounded
Plant Hardiness: good
Fall Color: good; yellow to yellow-green
Aesthetic Value: attractive; small, white, bell-shaped flowers in spring
Comments: exceptionally pest free

Catalpa 'Golden'
Growth Rate: medium to fast
Height/Spread (ft.):30-40/40-50
Growth Form: open, irregular, and rounded
Plant Hardiness: excellent
Fall Color: none, leaves drop in fall
Aesthetic Value:above average; bell-shaped white with yellow flowers in late spring; seed pods that remain in the fall & winter, and golden foliage color in summer
Comments: 60 year lifespan; good drought tolerance

Catalpa 'Northern'
Growth Rate:medium-fast
Height/Spread (ft):50/30
Growth Form:upright oval
Plant Hardiness:good
Fall Color:good/yellow-green
Aesthetic Value:common/average
Comments:huge greenish-yellow leaves produce beautiful, fragrant white flowers; long bean-like seedpods

Coffeetree 'Kentucky'
Growth Rate:medium-slow
Height/Spread (ft):50/40
Growth Form:open spreading
Plant Hardiness:excellent
Fall Color:good/yellow
Aesthetic Value:common/average
Comments:deeply furrowed bark is attractive in winter; bluish-green foliage produces long, leathery seedpods

Cottonwood 'Siouxland'
Growth Rate:fast
Height/Spread (ft):40-50/25-30
Growth Form:irregular vase shape
Plant Hardiness:excellent
Fall Color:good/yellow
Aesthetic Value:common/average
Comments:very fast growing; rust resistant

Elm 'Accolade'
Growth Rate:medium-fast
Height/Spread (ft):60/70
Growth Form:round spreading
Plant Hardiness:excellent
Fall Color:good/golden yellow
Aesthetic Value:common/average
Comments:similar to the American Elm; resistant to Dutch Elm Disease and Elm-leaf beetles

Elm 'Discovery'
Growth Rate:medium-fast
Height/Spread (ft):35-40/35-40
Growth Form:upright, vase shaped
Plant Hardiness:excellent
Fall Color:good/yellow
Aesthetic Value:common/average
Comments:resistant to Dutch Elm Disease and Elm-leaf beetles; good cold hardiness

Elm 'Homestead'
Growth Rate:medium-fast
Height/Spread (ft):60/35
Growth Form:conical shape
Plant Hardiness:excellent
Fall Color:good/yellow
Aesthetic Value:common/average
Comments:highly resistant to Dutch Elm Disease

Ginkgo 'Autumn Gold'
Growth Rate: slow
Height/Spread (ft.): 50/30
Growth Form: upright columnar, then spreading
Plant Hardiness: good
Fall Color: average; deep gold
Aesthetic Value: above average; deep golden fall color, silver bark, & spring flowers
Comments: scallopped outer leaf edge similar to the look of the maidenhair fern hence giving it the common name of Maidenhair tree

Hackberry
Growth Rate:slow-medium
Height/Spread (ft):65/45
Growth Form:round spreading
Plant Hardiness:excellent
Fall Color:good/soft yellow
Aesthetic Value:common/average
Comments:tough, hardy, adaptable tree; bark is rough and corky; leaves will get nipple gall

Honeylocust 'Shademaster'
Growth Rate:slow-medium
Height/Spread (ft):55/35
Growth Form:round symmetrical
Plant Hardiness:excellent
Fall Color:good/yellowish-green
Aesthetic Value:common/average
Comments:thornless; essentially fruitless; good resistance to drought

Honeylocust 'Skyline'
Growth Rate:medium
Height/Spread (ft):50/30-35
Growth Form:broadly pyramidal
Plant Hardiness:good
Fall Color:good/golden yellow
Aesthetic Value:above average
Comments:thornless, seedless; great, ideal tree for light-filtering shade

Honeylocust 'Sunburst'
Growth Rate:medium
Height/Spread (ft):35/30
Growth Form:irregularly rounded
Plant Hardiness:good
Fall Color:good/golden yellow
Aesthetic Value:above average
Comments:foliage emerges bright-golden yellow and fades to green as it matures; thornless, seedless; great, ideal tree for light-filtering shade; stikingly beautiful in early spring

Katsura
Growth Rate: medium
Height/Spread (ft.): 40-60/20-30
Growth Form: pyramidal; becoming broader with age
Plant Hardiness: good
Fall Color: good; yellow to apricot
Aesthetic Value: average
Comments: has dense, red-bud like foliage; new growth had red tinge

Linden 'American Sentry'
Growth Rate:medium
Height/Spread (ft):40/25
Growth Form:pyramidal
Plant Hardiness:excellent
Fall Color:good/yellow
Aesthetic Value:above average
Comments:distinctive bark is silvery-gray, especially when young and is very attractive; great shade tree for small spaces

Linden 'Greenspire'
Growth Rate:medium
Height/Spread (ft):45/32
Growth Form:oval
Plant Hardiness:excellent
Fall Color:good/yellow
Aesthetic Value:above average
Comments:veratile tree; 1998 Iowa tree of the year; more rounded in shape than 'shamrock' or 'redmond'

Linden Redmond'
Growth Rate:medium
Height/Spread (ft):50/32
Growth Form:pyramidal, uniform
Plant Hardiness:excellent
Fall Color:good/yellow
Aesthetic Value:above average
Comments:largest leaves of the lindens; dense foliage; very pyramidal shape; excellent shade tree; dormant buds are bright red

Linden 'Shamrock'
Growth Rate:medium
Height/Spread (ft):45/30
Growth Form:broad,conical
Plant Hardiness:excellent
Fall Color:good/yellow
Aesthetic Value:attractive
Comments:a terrific tree (our favorite!); compared to the 'greenspire,' the 'shamrock' has a more open canopy and larger leaves; has smaller leaves than 'redmond' or 'american' lindens; beautifully shaped tree

Locust (Robinia) 'Purple Robe'
Growth Rate:medium
Height/Spread (ft):40/25
Growth Form:ascending open
Plant Hardiness:good
Fall Color:good/yellow
Aesthetic Value:above average
Comments:beautiful globe locust has dark, rose-pink flowes in spring; unique attractive foliage; used more as an ornamental than a shade tree

Londonplane Tree 'BloodGood'
Growth Rate:fast
Height/Spread (ft):90/60-70
Growth Form:wide-spreading, rounded
Plant Hardiness:good
Fall Color:good/yellow
Aesthetic Value:above average
Comments:tolerates heat & drought; a rapid growing tree for parks, golf courses, and campuses; has beautiful, cream, olive, and brown exfoliating bark

Maple 'Autumn Blaze'
Growth Rate:fast
Height/Spread (ft):50/40
Growth Form:dense oval
Plant Hardiness:good
Fall Color:excellent/orange-red
Aesthetic Value:above average
Comments:one of the first hybrid maple crosses; outstanding tree; fast growing; hardy; great fall color

Maple 'Autumn Fantasy'
Growth Rate:fast
Height/Spread (ft):40/30
Growth Form:broadly oval
Plant Hardiness:good
Fall Color:excellent/ruby red
Aesthetic Value:above average
Comments:excellent shaped tree; slightly smaller than 'Autumn Blaze' Maple

Maple 'Celebration'
Growth Rate: medium-fast
Height/Spread (ft):45/20
Growth Form:compact, upright
Plant Hardiness:good
Fall Color:excellent, gold
Aesthetic Value:attractive
Comments:excellent hybrid maple with gold fall color; seedless

Maple 'Columnare'
Growth Rate:medium
Height/Spread (ft):50/18
Growth Form:narrow, columnar
Plant Hardiness:good
Fall Color:good/yellow
Aesthetic Value:attractive
Comments:most practical columnar tree; perfect for street use

Maple 'Crimson King'
Growth Rate:slow
Height/Spread (ft):35/35
Growth Form:oval
Plant Hardiness:good
Fall Color:non factor
Aesthetic Value:attractive
Comments:dense foliage remains excellent maroon-red color all season; spring flowers of maroon-yellow are an added bonus

Maple 'Emerald Lustre'
Growth Rate:medium-fast
Height/Spread (ft):55/50
Growth Form:rounded oval
Plant Hardiness:good
Fall Color:good/yellow
Aesthetic Value:above average
Comments:outstanding branching habit; hardy and vigorous grower; immature foliage displays an attractive red tinge before turning a glossy, deep green

Maple 'Emerald Queen'
Growth Rate:fast
Height/Spread (ft):50-60/40-45
Growth Form:upright, broadly oval
Plant Hardiness:good
Fall Color:good/bright yellow
Aesthetic Value:above average
Comments:ascending branches that give it its attractive shape; attractive glossy foliage

Maple 'Fall Fiesta'
Growth Rate:fast
Height/Spread (ft):60/50
Growth Form:upright, rounded
Plant Hardiness:good
Fall Color:excellent/ orange, red, yellow
Aesthetic Value:attractive
Comments:deep green, leathery leaves are resistant to leaf tatter; new sugar for our area!

Maple 'October Glory'
Growth Rate:medium
Height/Spread (ft):50-60/35-40
Growth Form:broad,oval
Plant Hardiness:good
Fall Color:good/crimson red
Aesthetic Value:attractive
Comments:fall color lasts much longer than other Red Maples; wings of samara display an attractive reddish tinge

Maple 'Paperbark'
Growth Rate:slow
Height/Spread (ft):20-30/10-15
Growth Form:upright oval
Plant Hardiness:good
Fall Color:good/varies every year
Aesthetic Value:attractive
Comments:rich red-brown exfoliating bark is beautiful all year long, especially in the winter against the snow

Maple 'Princeton Gold'
Growth Rate:medium
Height/Spread (ft):45/40
Growth Form:oval
Plant Hardiness:good
Fall Color:good/yellow
Aesthetic Value:attractive
Comments:foliage is a bright yellow, especially when young; holds color well during summer; stunning accent plant

Maple 'Red Sunset'
Growth Rate:medium
Height/Spread (ft):50/30-40
Growth Form:upright/dense
Plant Hardiness:good
Fall Color:good/brilliant red
Aesthetic Value:attractive
Comments:thick foliage and dense upright habit make this tree a great choice for street and lawn use

Maple 'Royal Red'
Growth Rate:medium
Height/Spread (ft):35/25
Growth Form:broadly oval
Plant Hardiness:tempermental
Fall Color:non-factor/brown
Aesthetic Value:attractive
Comments:striking tree with maroon red color all season; thought to be hardier than 'Crimson King' and 'Schwedler'; can be a difficult tree to grow; susceptible to sunscald and frost cracks; needs to be planted in a protected area, mulched heavily and tree-wrapped in winter months

Maple 'State Street'
Growth Rate: slow
Height/Spread (ft.): 20-25/15-20
Growth Form: pyramidal
Plant Hardiness: excellent
Fall Color: good; soft golden to buttery yellow
Aesthetic Value: above average
Comments: excellent adaptability and stress tolerance

Maple 'Sugar'
Growth Rate: slow-medium
Height/Spread (ft.):50-75/50
Growth Form: upright, rounded
Plant Hardiness: very hardy
Fall Color:excellent; rich yellow to red
Aesthetic Value: above average
Comments: fall color is spectacular, ranging from yellow to all shades of orange and red

Oak 'Burr'
Growth Rate:slow
Height/Spread (ft):65/55
Growth Form:rounded, open
Plant Hardiness:excellent
Fall Color:non-factor/yellow-brown to purple
Aesthetic Value:common/average
Comments:a native and hardy tree; very adaptable; attractive corky bark adds winter interest

Oak 'Northern Red'
Growth Rate:slow-medium
Height/Spread (ft):70/50
Growth Form:pyramidal in youth, rounded in maturity
Plant Hardiness:excellent
Fall Color:excellent/red to reddish brown
Aesthetic Value:attractive
Comments:the fastest growing oak; dense foliage; shiny leaves which hang on tree into winter; beautifully shaped tree with gorgeous fall color

Oak 'Regal Prince'
Growth Rate:fast
Height/Spread (ft):40-60/20-25
Growth Form:upright, columnar
Plant Hardiness:good
Fall Color:good/yellow-brown
Aesthetic Value:average
Comments:glossy dark green leaves with silver beneath

Oak 'Scarlet'
Growth Rate:medium
Height/Spread (ft):75-90/50-60
Growth Form:broadly pyramidal
Plant Hardiness:good
Fall Color:good/brilliant scarlet
Aesthetic Value:above average
Comments:foliage is lustrous & pinately lobed; similar to Pin Oak but with more of a globe shape; retains its red foliage into winter

Oak 'Swamp White'
Growth Rate:medium
Height/Spread (ft):55/45
Growth Form:narrow, rounded, open
Plant Hardiness:excellent
Fall Color:good/yellow-brown to red
Aesthetic Value:above average
Comments:great tree with a misleading name; does well in both wet and upland soils; dark green leaves with "felty" white undersides

Persian 'Parrotia'
Growth Rate: moderate
Height/Spread (ft.):20-40/15-30
Growth Form: upright oval
Fall Color: good; yellow-orange-scarlet red
Aesthetic Value: excellent; vivid red flowers bloom mid-late February; great fall color
Comments: an excellent multi-stemmed tree; older branches have an exfoliating bark that is gray-green in color


Sweetgum 'Worplesdon'
Growth Rate: moderate
Height/Spread (ft.):50-75/40
Growth Form: pyramidal to oval
Fall Color: excellent;  deep burgundy, then golden yellow and orange
Aesthetic Value: above average
Comments: unique, narrow-lobed leaves with great fall color


Weeping Hornbeam
Growth Rate:medium
Height/Spread (ft):50/40
Growth Form:weeping
Plant Hardiness:good
Fall Color:good/yellow
Aesthetic Value:above average
Comments:graceful pendulous branches; bark has a muscle-like appearance; dark-green foliage

Willow 'Prarie Cascade'
Growth Rate:fast
Height/Spread (ft):40/30
Growth Form:weeping
Plant Hardiness:excellent
Fall Color:good/yellow
Aesthetic Value:above average
Comments:hardy willow with glossy foliage, cascading habit and golden stems; prefers plentiful moisture