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Underutilized Trees You Should Consider Planting

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 enough for northern Maine! The Baldcypress, or Taxodium distichum, grows in swamps and can thrive in year-round flooded areas, but it als...

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I like Birches and my favorite is Paper Birch! The bark is such a pure white, the fall color such a rich yellow, and just imagine multi-stem groves in our northern hardwood forests...dream on unfortunately! We're simply too far south for Paper Birch to flourish.

Good news though! For those of us in the mid-Atlantic region, Betula still has much to offer. If you, like me, are dreaming about the white-barked Paper Birch, we can get you close with some of the cultivars of River Birch. 'Heritage' is an old favorite, and some of the newer cultivars are even better. We currently have 'Dura-Heat' River Birch which, in youth, has bark almost as white as Paper Birch. As the name suggests, this cultivar is very heat-tolerant, thriving as far south as Atlanta, Georgia! We have another River Birch cultivar called 'City Slicker' in production. 'City Slicker' is every bit as heat-tolerant as 'Dura-heat' with bark that is at least the same shade of white if not even purer. As far as soil considerations, River Birch does well in all but the driest soil.

When we can look past our white-bark obsession, we'll notice a couple other Birches worthy of consideration: Sweet Birch and Yellow Birch. These two Birches will out-perform River Birch in dry locations, and Sweet Birch has phenomenal fall color and glossy copper stems in youth. Yellow Birch fall color is almost as stunning and the stems of young Yellow Birch can be a rich yellow-gold. Neither of these trees have any significant insect or disease problems.

Scientific Name: Betula nigra 'City Slicker'
The River Birch, or Betula nigra, is a reliable, vigorous performer and one of the most adaptable and trouble-free members of the genus Birch. The River Birch 'City Slicker' cultivar (Betula...
Scientific Name: Betula lenta
The Sweet Birch, or Betula lenta, thrives high in the mountains often in dry, difficult conditions. Common in the wild, it is rarely offered in nurseries. People often focus on Birch trees w...
Scientific Name: Aesculus flava
The Yellow Buckeye, or Aesculus flava, is a lovely, large shade tree with an upright-oval habit and several outstanding traits. The rich green foliage, with each leaf composed of five 4- to...
Scientific Name: Frangula caroliniana
What a fantastic plant is the Indian Cherry or Frangula Caroliniana! Lush foliage, striking late-summer fruit, and brilliant fall color are the ornamental features of this small native tree...
Scientific Name: Abies concolor
Although native to the western US, White Fir, or Abies concolor, has also performed well in the East. Color on the 1-and-1/2-inch- to 2-and-1/2-inch-long needles varies from plant to plant,...
Scientific Name: Fothergilla gardennii
Bottle-brush flowers in the spring and lush, disease-resistant summer foliage. And the fall color! Mature size is 4-5' high and wide. It tolerates a wide range of growing conditions but doe...
Scientific Name: Ostrya virginiana
American Hophornbeam, or Ostrya virginiana, is a small to medium-sized native shade tree with flaking bark that blends perfectly with the medium-green foliage. Fall color is yellow. Bark and...
Scientific Name: Carpinus caroliniana
Rich summer foliage with a dash of reddish new growth. Fall colors of yellow, orange, red, and burgundy. Finely textured structure with fluted trunk (which sometimes leads to its being known...