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Tree Choice

If you are looking for the right plant in your garden, please ask yourself the question: "What do you want from your tree?"

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Please find some interesting plants below, which give you more than one fantastic display throughout the year.

Further below you find plants which score because of their bark pattern, or their early or late foliage display.

Interesting trees all year round


Early Spring





Acer ginnala   Yellow/White flowers Bright red fruit wings Bright orange to red autumn colour Holding on to brown fruit wings
Acer griseum Cinnamon - orange/red peeling bark Shoots reddish, flowers yellowish Dark green leaves Orange-red autumn colour Cinnamon – orange/red peeling bark
Acer palmatum varieties


Shoots colourful (often bronze) Ornamental leaf shapes, fresh green Bright yellow, orange to red leaves


Acer pensylvaticum White-striped   bark / brown when older, with decorative red buds Reddish shoots Dark green foliage, Yellow autumn colours White-striped bark / brown when older
Acer rubrum Dark red flowers Reddish shoots Red fruit wings
Dark green leaves, slightly blue-purple -green underneath
Vibrant yellow - orange - red Attractive grey/almost silver bark
Acer rufinerve White-striped bark,
red buds
Bronze-green shoot, yellow to greenish-yellow flowers Large and mid green foliage, white-striped bark Stunning in shades of bright orange Bark striped in green and creamy white
Alnus Spaethii Reddish –brown- yellow catkins Coppery –purple shoots Mid/dark green foliage Holding on to  the foliage Grey-brown bark
Amelanchier lamarckii White spring flowers
Perfectly complementing the emerging bronze coloured leaves
Leaves turn green Red to purple fruit to nearly black at maturity Fiery foliage display of reds and  orange


Betula in varieties Bark white,
catkins yellow
Shoots light green, fragrant


Yellow autumn colours Decorative white  bark in shades  of different colour (creamy, pink, orange, brown)
Cercidiphyllum japonicum Reddish flowers in March/April which produces winged seeds. Pretty pink, brown-red shoots Interesting green leaf in a rounded-conical shape Yellow, orange- pink  autumn colours Fragrant falling leaves like the smell of candy floss drifting gently in the breeze
Cornus mas Flowers yellow, slightly fragrant, well before the leaves appear


Fruits red, glossy dark green foliage, lighter on the underside Yellow/red-orange autumn colours Scaly bark with plates of orange and brown
Crataegus lavallei Carrierrei Interesting brown and grey bark, often exfoliate slightly when older White flowers, some with pink variation Shiny green leaves Yellow /orange / red autumn colours in November often until December Persistent fruit, orange-red from October till December
Crataegus prunifolia Spectacular long sharp thorns along the branches,
bark roughly fissured
white flowers Glossy oval green leaves, with plump red fruits Dramatic orange/ red autumn colours Spectacular long sharp thorns along the branches, bark roughly fissured
Koelreuteria paniculata Grey brown bark, significant ridges and furrows with age Reddish shoots, then medium green foliage Yellow flowers in loose panicles in August Orange-yellow autumn colours Fruits swollen like blister, from light green to yellow/brown
Magnolia in varieties (deciduous) Flowers= most of the varieties either  purple, pink or white, strong fragrance Shoots reddish, some still flowering, most fresh green foliage Some varieties flower in June/July Yellow-brown autumn colours Silvery buds
Malus Hybrids


Flowers white, pink or red, fragrance,
reddish shoots
Most have green leaves, but some of the red leafed varieties have first dark red leaves first and later dark green Fruits red, orange or  yellow Some still have fruit, until first frost
Parrotia persica Reddish flowers in January/February (UK) Reddish shoots Lustrous shiny green foliage Finest display with vibrant hues of yellow, red, orange and purple in autumn Bark of mature trees has thin scaly plates like a plane tree
Prunus avium Flowers white, slightly fragrant Shoots green-golden to bronze Foliage dark green, Fruits dark red Orange-yellow autumn colours Shiny brownish/red bark
Prunus maackii Amber Beauty Shiny orange bark, which peels off White flower, early fresh green leaves Small black fruits Yellow  autumn colours Shiny orange bark, which peels off
Prunus sargentii Bark shiny red/brown, with big lenticels Flowers pink,
Brown- red shoots
Beautiful pale green foliage Superb yellow-orange to red autumn colours Bark shiny red/brown, with big lenticels
Prunus Schmittii Shiny red-brown bark Small flowers light pink to white Pale or grey-green foliage Pale yellow-orange foliage in autumn Shiny red-brown bark
Prunus serrula Shiny mahogany
red bark
Single white flowers Pale green foliage Small fruit in autumn, pale yellow autumn colours Shiny mahogany – red bark
Sorbus aucuparia Joseph Rock


White flowers


Creamy yellow berries with a superb red autumn colour


Sorbus vilmorinii


Small white flowers Filigree pale green foliage Stunning red autumn colours, which are complimented by the fruit which starts red and will fade over pink to white. 


Trees - Attractive Bark

Acer capillipes Calocedrus decurrens  Populus tremula         
Acer davidii    Cornus alba     Prunus avium 
Acer negundo Cornus stolonifera       Prunus maackii           
Acer rufinerve Cornus sanguiena        Prunus serrula 
Acer griseum   Corylus colurna           Prunus Schmittii         
Acer pensylvanicum    Cryptomeria japonica  Populus alba Nivea    
Bambus in species       Euonymus in varieties Quercus suber
Betula albosinensis      Hydrangea petiolaris   Salix in varieties 
Betula ermanii Nothofagus antarctica Salix balsamifera Mas
Betula maximowicziana          Parrotia persica            Sequoiadendron giganteum
Betula nigra     Phellodendron amurense Sophora japonica        
Betula papyrifera        Phyllostachys              Stewartia pseudocamilla
Betula pendula            Pinus sylvestris            Ulmus minor
Betula pubescens        Platanus in varieties    Zelkova serrata
Betula utilis     Populus alba Nivea      

Trees - Early in leaf

Alnus cordata
Betula in species
Cercidiphyllum japonicum
Crataegus laevigata
Crataegus monogyna 
Larix in species
Metasequoia glyptostroboides
Prunus maackii Amber Beauty
Prunus padus
Pterocarya fraxinifolia
Pyrus calleryana Chanticleer
Salix alba Tristis
Sambucus nigra
Sorbus in varieties

Trees - Late in leaf

Ailanthus altissima
Albizzia julibrissin
Castanea sativa
Catalpa bignonioides
Fagus sylvatica
Fraxinus in varieties
Ginkgo biloba
Gleditsia triacanthos
Gymnocladus dioicus
Nyssa in varieties
Platanus in varieties
Quercus in varieties
Robinia in varieties
Sophora japonica

Maritime Tree list
Which trees are tolerant of salt-laden atmosphere?

Acer platanoides / Acer pseudoplatanus
Ailanthus altissima
Alnus glutinosa
Crataegus laevigata / monogyna / x prunifolia
Eleagnus angustifolia
Ginkgo biloba
Hippophae rhamnoides
Hydrangea macrophylla
Ligustrum ovalifolium
Picea pungens
Pinus nigra
Pinus mugo
Pinus sylvestris
Populus alba/ Populus tremula
Prunus spinosa / Prunus serotina
Quercus ilex
Rhus typhina
Robinia pseudoacacia
Salix alba
Sambucus nigra
Sorbus aria / Sorbus aucuparia / Sorbus intermedia
Syringa vulgaris
Tamarix in varieties
Wisteria in varieties

Wind tolerant
Which trees are good for very windy sites?

Acer campestre
Acer pseudoplatanus
Alnus cordata
Alnus incana
Alnus x spaethii
Amelanchier in varieties
Betula pubescens
Caragana arborescens
Carpinus betulus
Cornus sanguinea
Crataegus monogyna
Elaeagnus angustifolius
Elaeagnus multiflora
Fagus sylvatica
Hippophae rhamnoides
Larix dedidua / Larix kaempferi
Juglans nigra
Larix kaempferi
Pinus cembra
Pinus mugo
Pinus sylvestris
Populus tremula
Prunus spinosa
Quercus cerris
Sequoia giganteum/ S.  sempervirens
Syringa vulgaris

Dry soil
Which trees are good for dry soil

Plants must obvoiusly be watered regularly in the first few years after planting.
Droughts in general will effect stress for most of the plants and will reflect this in not only less growth and less foliage production, they also will change it their apprearance in autumn colour display and winterhardyness. A stressed plant is also more vunerable to insect attacks.

Acer ginnala
Ailanthus altissima
Berberis vulgaris
Caragana arborescens
Cornus sanguinea
Crataegus in varieties
Cytisus in varieties
Elaeagnus in varieties
Genista in varieties
Koelreuteria paniculata
Morus alba
Paulownia tomentosa
Picea pungens
Pinus leucodermis
Pinus sylvestris in varieties
Prunus mahaleb
Quercus macranthera
Robinia in varieties
Syringa vulgaris
Tamarix in varieties
Viburnum lantana

Damp soil
Which trees are tolerant damp soil/short floods?

Acer pseudoplatanus
Acer rubrum
Acer saccharinum
Alnus in varieties
Amelanchier lamarckii
Aralia elata
Betula nigra
Betula pubescens
Catalpa bignonioides
Cornus stolonifera
Corylus colurna
Euonymus europaeus
Fraxinus excelsior
Gleditisia triacanthos
Gymnocladus dioicus
Hippophae rhamnoides
Juglans regia
Liquidamber styraciflua
Liriodendron tulipifera
Metasequioa glyptostroboides
Nyssa sylvatica 
Platanus acerifolia
Populus in varieties
Prunus padus
Pterocarya fraxinifolia
Quercus palustris
Rhamnus frangula
Salix in varieties
Tamarix in varieties
Taxodium distichum
Thuja occidentalis
Thuja plicata
Viburnun opulus

Clay soil
Which trees are good for clay soil?

Acer negundo in varieties
Acer platanoides in varieties
Acer saccharinum in varieties
Aesculus in varieties
Alnus in varieties
Carpinus betulus in varieties
Crataegus in varieties
Fagus sylvatica in varieties
Fraxinus excelsior in varieties
Gymnocladus dioicus
Ilex aquifolium in varieties
Juglans nigra
Laburnum in varieites
Liquidamber styraciflua
Liriodendron tulipifera
Magnolia kobus
Populus in varieties
Prunus avium
Prunus padus in varieties
Prunus serrulata in varieties
Pterocarya fraxinifolia
Quercus palustris
Quercus robur


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