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Native Plants

Woodlawn trees are available in various root size containers, 10 gal. – 280 gal. Not all trees are available in each size. Please contact us for specific information on a certain tree of interest.

Scientific Name

Taxodium distichum

Although native to the southeast, this tree is hardy to northern Maine. It is found growing in swamps and can thrive in areas that are flooded year around. It is not only tolerant of wet sites but also survives in dry and compacted soils.Like the Dawn Redwood and Larches, Baldcypress is a deciduous conifer shedding its needles every autumn. Fall color of the Baldcypress is orange and quite pleasing. Grows 60-70' high and 25-30' wide.

Baldcypress is a specimen tree with a unique features, not the least of which are the protruding 'knees' that grow around the tree in highly compacted or wet soils. The knees are very attractive, especially among other landscaping.

Birch (Sweet)
Scientific Name

Betula lenta

High in the mountains in dry and difficult growing conditions the Sweet Birch thrives. Common in the wild, it is rarely offered in nurseries. Everyone is so busy looking for Birch trees with showy bark that the Sweet Birch is overlooked. The rich summer foliage and golden fall color are reason enough to invest in this fine tree. Shows high resistance to Bronze Birch Borer and Birch Leaf Miner as well as tolerance to urban conditions and difficult growing sites. Grows 40' - 50' high.

The Sweet Birch is unrivaled for its show in the fall and should be planted where this attribute can be fully enjoyed such as among evergreens or other deciduous trees with orange and red fall color. Sometimes we overdo it on filling up the garden with those showy trees / sometimes an unassuming tree that has an overall quietly attractive character will lend itself to a more restful landscape environment.

Birch, River 'Dura-heat'
Scientific Name

Betula nigra 'Dura-heat'

A reliable, vigorous performer.

This tree is native to stream banks in the eastern deciduous forest and is usually found growing in the wild with multiple stems, however, single stem specimens are less susceptible to breakage when mature. Bark is cream-colored when young, aging to a scaly salmon color, which is quite pleasing. Often planted without enough consideration for its rapid growth and potential large size, often reaching 50’ in height with a 40’ spread. Fall color is a respectable yellow. Resistant to Bronze Birch Borer and Birch Leaf Miner. May become chlorotic on high Ph soils.

One of my favorite companion plants for this tree is the Sweetbay, especially the 'Moonglow' cultivar. There's something about the glossy, broad-leaf, semi-evergreen leaves that enhance the year-around appeal of the bark. Plant shrubs with red and/or orange fall color beneath the tree to accent the bark and yellow fall color. For a backdrop, use dark green conifers such as Oriental Spruce and Nordmann Fir.

Cherry, Indian
Scientific Name

Frangula caroliniana

What a fantastic plant! Not sure where all the garden professionals are...they sure missed it when they passed over this shrub/small tree. Lush foliage, striking late summer fruit and brilliant fall color are the ornamental features of this native small tree. Tolerates difficult growing sites extremely well. Birds love the fruit. The flowers are visually unremarkable but don't worry, the pollinators will let you know when the plant is in bloom: the area around the tree buzzes with activity as each rush in for their share.

Excellent as a specimen anchoring small shrubs and perennials. Do not crowd it with other plants of the same size; you do not want this one to become hidden in the landscape. It’s shade tolerance makes it also useful in a woodland garden. Use with the knowledge that you are contributing to a complex beneficial biological community.

Hornbeam, American
Scientific Name
Carpinus caroliniana
Rich summer foliage with a dash of reddish new growth. Fall colors of yellow, orange, red and burgundy. Fine textured structure with fluted trunk to add winter interest.This is a widespread understory tree native the eastern deciduous forest. Small, dapper and handsome tolerating both full sun and part shade. This tree is quite tolerant of compacted and clay soils and makes an excellent urban tree. Grows 25'-40' high. This is a versatile tree that can be used as a specimen in the front lawn of a small yard, a corner accent plant or an under story tree in a backyard. American Hornbeam is resistant to juglone and can be planted beneath Black Walnut. The leaves are marsescent holding a warm tan into the early part of winter.
Maple, (Sugar)
Scientific Name

Acer saccharum

If the cultural requirements can be met, this is the one of the best large shade trees available. Soft, light green flowers in the spring, rich green summer foliage in the summer and the grey, furrowed bark and winter structure would be enough to rate this tree high on the list of landscape trees. But the most notable attribute is the fall color; red, orange, yellow, sometimes all three on the same tree but almost always brilliant. Few other trees color in the autumn as brilliantly and reliably as the Sugar Maple. Needs moist, well-drained soil and a pollution-free environment.

This tree will contribute to any location where it has the room to grow. It can serve as a specimen, grouped with evergreens to enhance autumn foliage effect, outlined against the sunrise or sunset in the dormant season…

Oak, White
Scientific Name

Quercus alba

What a grand tree, noble, majestic, durable both in appearance and in actual performance. In all seasons, I find this tree inspirational; never gaudy or flashy but always solidly attractive. The structure, foliage, bark color; all of its attributes come together to cause one to reflect... Leaves are round-lobed which is typical of trees of the White Oak group. Leaves open in the spring with pinkish hues that change to a soft, light green and finally maturing to a rich, medium dark green. Fall color is usually a russet-red or burgundy. Young trees sometimes retain the foliage into the winter but older trees almost always have clean leaf drop in the fall.The bark is broken into small vertically arranged blocks or longer scaly strips. The bark color is a light ashy-grey that blends beautifully with the foliage in all stages of development. And when the growing season is ended, it continues its appeal in the dormant season blending its colors and textures with the solid structure and curves of the stem against the winter sky. This is truly a four season performer. White Oak is a patient tree. It takes an investment of time for White Oak to become a stately and noble tree. Today’s buying public too often have the short-sighted demand for instant gratification. Also, White Oak does not tolerate change well. A new patio or driveway, excavation to fix a water line or simply soil compaction from people or equipment wreak havoc on the root systems of many of our landscape trees. White Oak is especially sensitive to changes and a small construction project can be the beginning of the end for an otherwise healthy tree. As with any other endeavor, successful White Oak culture simply means working within the limitations. Success in placing this fantastic tree in your landscape can be accomplished with a few common sense guidelines… 1. Be sure you have a suitable environment. While not extremely hard to please, White Oak will not tolerate extremely poor soils. Do not attempt to place this tree in poorly drained or severely compacted soils. If growing conditions are marginal, you may want to substitute with Burr Oak or Swamp Chestnut Oak. Also be certain you have enough room for this tree to grow. 2. Think ahead. White Oak should be planted where it can grow undisturbed for centuries. Place the tree at a location where it is not likely be in the way of future construction or excavation sites. 3. Purchase trees that have been propagated and grown in root pruning containers. Trees grown by conventional methods are off to a very slow start at best. Root pruning containers are designed to create a fibrous root system. If properly installed and cared for, a root pruned tree will establish very quickly with little to no transplant shock.
Scientific Name

Halesia carolina

The bark is attractive, the fall color is pleasing and the summer foliage is sensational but the lovely, bell-shaped flowers trump all other ornamental features on this under-used native tree. Flowers can persist on the tree for ten days or more and even after the blossoms fall, they can be a lovely carpet on the ground below. Makes a fine understory plant as it tolerates semi-shade but also does well in full sun if adequate soil conditions and moisture levels are present. This is a small tree maturing at 25’-30. Remarkably trouble free with almost no instances of insect or disease problems.

Silverbell is one of my favorite small trees. If you place it in a location where a lawn will be in the background, you will be able to enjoy both the spring flowers (which are most effective in front of a green background) and the informal growth habit and winter fruits which stand out in front of a snow-covered landscape. It performs very well as a naturalizing plant at the edge of a woodland, just be sure to have a dark background for floral contrast.

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