Ornamental Trees

The plants that provide the distinctive impact in the landscape. On this page you will find the items that distinguish themselves because of special characteristics, whether it be flower, fruit or fall color. Each ornamental has a certain reason why it is valued and used in the landscape.

Acer ginnala | Amur Maple

Height: 15'

Growth: rapid

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: red

Spread: 15'

Habit: rounded

Flower: red

Fruit: paired samara

Application

A small to medium sized tree for that tight space or small yard. Usually grown low-branched, the Amur Maple will be covered in an abundance of samara in the summer. Excellent fall color.


Acer griseum ‘Gingerbread’ | Gingerbread Paperbark Maple

Height: 20'

Growth: slow

Spring Foliage: bluish-green

Fall Foliage: bright red-orange

Spread: 10’-15’

Habit: upright oval

Flower: green on pendulous peduncles

Fruit: samara

Application

This variety of paperbark is more upright then the species but still has the distinguishing bark. The Gingerbread makes a great addition to landscapes where space is at more of a premium.


Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’ | Bloodgood Japanese Maple

Height: 15'

Growth: slow

Spring Foliage: red-purple

Fall Foliage: red

Spread: 15'

Habit: rounded

Flower: small red

Fruit: red samara

Application

A tree which is ideal as a specimen in protected areas in the landscape, it's foliage turns a burgundy purple to a brilliant red in the fall.


Acer palmatum ‘Crimson Prince’ | Crimson Prince Japanese Maple

Height: 20’

Growth: slow

Spring Foliage: purple-red

Fall Foliage: red

Spread: 20’

Habit: upright, arching

Flower: small, red

Fruit: samara

Application

This classic ornamental was introduced as a seedling of Bloodgood Japanese Maple, offering a deeper purple-red summer color, faster growth and good winter hardiness.


Acer palmatum ‘Twombly’s Red Sentinel’ | Twombly’s Red Sentinel Japanese Maple

Height: 12'

Growth: slow

Spring Foliage: red-purple

Fall Foliage: red

Spread: 8'

Habit: upright, narrow

Flower: red

Fruit: samara

Application

A columnar, narrow form of ‘Bloodgood’. An ideal ornamental tree for a small landscape.


Acer palmatum var. dissectum ‘Viridis’ | Viridis Japanese Maple

Height: 8'

Growth: slow

Spring Foliage: light green

Fall Foliage: gold to crimson

Spread: 8'

Habit: weeping, spreading

Flower: red

Fruit: paired samara

Application

A small tree with a graceful, weeping habit. An excellent accent plant that thrives in a protected area with dappled sun.


Acer palmatum var. dissectum atro. ‘Tamukeyama’ | Tamukeyama Japanese Maple

Height: 8'

Growth: slow

Spring Foliage: red-purple

Fall Foliage: red

Spread: 8'

Habit: spreading, cascades

Flower: small, red

Fruit: samara

Application

This striking plant is meant to be used as a specimen planting in protected areas of the the landscape. Its horizontal branches make for a cascading effect that is interesting even in the winter when the fine red foliage is gone.


Amelanchier canadensis | Shadblow Serviceberry

Height: 25'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: orange-red

Spread: 20'

Habit: upright, open

Flower: fragrant, showy, white

Fruit: edible berry

Application

A slightly larger serviceberry that offers showy white flowers in the spring and orange-red fall color. Requires moist, well-drained soils and can tolerate some shade.


Amelanchier laevis | Allegheny Serviceberry

Height: 20’

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: red-orange

Spread: 20’

Habit: upright, open

Flower: fragrant, white

Fruit: edible berry

Application

Naturally grown as a multi-trunked, understory tree, Allegheny Serviceberry does well in moist, well-drained soils and can tolerate some shade. An excellent ornamental for small spaces.


Amelanchier x grandiflora ‘Autumn Brilliance’ | Autumn Brilliance® Apple Serviceberry

Height: 20'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: bright red

Spread: 15'

Habit: upright, moderately spreading

Flower: white clusters

Fruit: purplish-red

Application

Early white flowers in spring lead to purplish-red berries. The brilliant red fall color and winter stems make this a plant that holds interest all year around. It fits into any landscape and grows well in Northern Illinois soil.


Betula ‘Madison’ | White Satin Birch

Height: 40’

Growth: rapid

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: yellow

Spread: 30’

Habit: pyramidal-rounded

Flower: catkins

Fruit: nutlet

Application

This white barked birch offers good borer resistance, uniform upright pyramidal habit and attractive foliage.


Betula nigra | River Birch

Height: 40'

Growth: rapid

Spring Foliage: dark green

Fall Foliage: yellow

Spread: 35'

Habit: pyramidal-rounded

Flower: catkins

Fruit: nutlet

Application

Birch can be used in wet areas, but will also do well in dry locations. It is known for its exfoliating bark and good fall color. Usually this is used as a multi-stem, but single stem trees can work as a small street tree.


Betula papyrifera ‘Oenci’ | Renaissance Oasis® Birch

Height: 50'

Growth: rapid

Spring Foliage: light green

Fall Foliage: yellow

Spread: 30'

Habit: broadly pyramidal

Flower: catkins

Fruit: nutlet

Application

A fast growing tree with stark white bark and excellent bronze birch borer resistance, this tree will grow in moist or dry conditions.


Betula populifolia ‘Whitespire’ | Whitespire Birch

Height: 30’

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: dark green

Fall Foliage: yellow

Spread: 20’

Habit: upright

Flower: catkin

Fruit: nutlet

Application

White non-exfoliating bark is what this birch is known for, but it also offers many other outstanding attributes: upright habit, borer resistance, and attractive fall color, just to name a few. Prefers moist, well-drained soil and afternoon shade if possible.


Carpinus betulus ‘Fastigiata’ | Pyramidal European Hornbeam

Height: 35'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: yellow

Spread: 25'

Habit: columnar

Flower: catkins

Fruit: nutlet

Application

A unique addition to any landscape, due to its interesting bark and clean, dense foliage. It is best used in linear groupings for a more formal application or as a low branched specimen.


Carpinus betulus ‘Frans Fontaine’ | Frans Fontaine European Hornbeam

Height: 35’

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: yellow

Spread: 15’

Habit: columnar

Flower: catkins

Fruit: nutlet

Application

A selection of the upright hornbeam that is used for it’s more narrow width at maturity.


Carpinus caroliniana | American Hornbeam

Height: 25’

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: dark green

Fall Foliage: yellow to orange-red

Spread: 25’

Habit: rounded

Flower: catkins

Fruit: nutlet

Application

A native forest understory tree makes this hornbeam great for a woodland or naturalized garden.


Cercis canadensis | Eastern Redbud

Height: 20'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: yellow

Spread: 20'

Habit: rounded

Flower: lavender-pink

Fruit: brown pod

Application

This native tree is named for its most distinctive attributes, which are the lavender-pink flower buds it produces in spring. It prefers cool roots, so plant in partial shade or in a bed with other low plants around it to shade the root area.


Cercis canadensis ‘Covey’ | Lavender Twist Weeping Eastern Redbud

Height: 7'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: yellow

Spread: 8'

Habit: weeping

Flower: lavender-pink

Fruit: brown pod

Application

This weeping version of the Eastern Redbud is a wonderful accent for a residential garden.


Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’ | Forest Pansy Eastern Redbud

Height: 20'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: deep purple

Fall Foliage: yellow-orange

Spread: 20'

Habit: rounded

Flower: lavender-pink

Fruit: brown pod

Application

The Forest Pansy is a purple leaved variety of the Eastern Redbud that provides season long interest and is a unique and eye-catching plant in the landscape.


Cercis canadensis ‘Merlot’ | Merlot Redbud

Height: 12'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: deep purple

Fall Foliage: deep purple

Spread: 12'

Habit: rounded

Flower: lavender-pink

Fruit: brown pod

Application

Similar to ‘Forest Pansy’, this purple-leaved redbud has thicker, glossier leaves. Excellent understory tree.


Cercis canadensis ‘Ruby Falls’ | Ruby Falls Weeping Redbud

Height: 7’

Growth: slow

Spring Foliage: purple

Fall Foliage: purple

Spread: 5’

Habit: weeping

Flower: lavender-pink

Fruit: brown pod

Application

Retains nice purple-red color most of the growing season. A small ornamental with great impact in the landscape.


Chionanthus virginicus | White Fringe Tree

Height: 15'

Growth: slow-moderate

Spring Foliage: medium green

Fall Foliage: yellow

Spread: 15'

Habit: rounded, arching open with age

Flower: large white

Fruit: dark blue 1/2" drube

Application

This tree gets its name from the white fringe flowers which cover the tree in spring. It is ideal as a specimen, but also works in groups.


Cladrastis kentukea | Yellowwood

Height: 30'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: bright green

Fall Foliage: golden yellow

Spread: 40'

Habit: low-rounded

Flower: white, fragrant

Fruit: brown pod

Application

This tree is chosen for its fragrant, large white flowers and interesting bark. It works best in sunny, well-drained sites as a specimen or in a grouping.


Cornus alternifolia | Pagoda Dogwood

Height: 20'

Growth: slow-moderate

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: purple-red

Spread: 25'

Habit: broad, horizontal

Flower: white

Fruit: bluish-black drupe

Application

A large multi-stemmed native shrub that is known for its distinctive, tiered horizontal branching and brilliant purple-red fall color. Ideal as a specimen or grouped in a natural setting.


Cornus alternifolia ‘Piszam’ | Pistachio Pagoda Dogwood

Height: 20'

Growth: slow-moderate

Spring Foliage: burgundy-green

Fall Foliage: purple-red

Spread: 25'

Habit: broad, horizontal

Flower: white

Fruit: bluish-black drupe

Application

A beautiful landscape plant with horizontal branching and creamy white flowers and blue berries. Pistachio’s foliage emerges burgundy in spring.


Cornus mas ‘Golden Glory’ | Cornelian Cherry Dogwood

Height: 20'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: green, glossy

Fall Foliage: red

Spread: 10'

Habit: multi-stem rounded

Flower: yellow

Fruit: cherry red

Application

This specimen blooms showy yellow flowers in early spring and deep red hues come in the fall. The scaly, patchy bark provides further interest in the winter, making this a great year-round plant for masses or as a specimen.


Crataegus crusgalli ‘Inermis’ | Thornless Cockspur Hawthorn

Height: 25'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: green, glossy

Fall Foliage: orange-red

Spread: 25'

Habit: rounded

Flower: white

Fruit: dark red

Application

This native cultivar performs well in the Northern Illinois soil. It grows in multi-stem or tree form and features white flowers with glossy leaves and good fall color.


Hamamelis vernalis | Vernal Witchhazel

Height: 10'

Growth: slow

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: yellow

Spread: 10'

Habit: multi-stem rounded

Flower: yellow-red

Fruit: capsule

Application

An interesting native which is noted for its early blooming around February when fragrant flowers begin to show. Fall brings yellow foliage and brown fruit capsules that split open in October. This plant works well in a naturalized landscape.


Hamamelis virginiana | Common Witchhazel

Height: 20’

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: yellow

Spread: 15’

Habit: open rounded

Flower: yellow

Fruit: capsule

Application

Yellow blooms in the fall are a noteworthy characteristic of this ornamental. Works well in a naturalized landscape.


Magnolia ‘Jane’ | Jane Magnolia

Height: 15'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: yellow

Spread: 10'

Habit: upright-rounded

Flower: large, deep pink

Fruit: red seed

Application

A pink flowering magnolia that comes from a group of plants bred to flower later in the spring to avoid being affected by frost.


Magnolia ‘Ricki’ | Ricki Magnolia

Height: 10’

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: yellow

Spread: 10’

Habit: rounded

Flower: reddish-purple

Fruit: orange seed

Application

‘Ricki’ is a member of the Magnolia Little Girl Series and known for it’s shrubby habit and late blooms.


Magnolia stellata ‘Royal Star’ | Royal Star Magnolia

Height: 15'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: dark green

Fall Foliage: yellow

Spread: 15'

Habit: rounded

Flower: double white, fragrant

Fruit: red seed

Application

This ornamental reaches a smaller mature height than most other magnolias and is best used as a specimen or accent in foundation plantings. 4” wide double petal white flowers cover the plant before it leafs out.


Malus ‘Coralcole’ | Coralburst® Crabapple (Standard)

Height: 15’

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: dark green

Fall Foliage: yellow

Spread: 15’

Habit: round

Flower: double rose

Fruit: yellow-green

Application

Top grafted on a standard, Coralburst is round, symmetrical and very dense. Highly disease resistant.


Malus ‘Floribunda’ | Floribunda Crabapple

Height: 15'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: yellow

Spread: 20'

Habit: spreading-arching

Flower: pink buds to white

Fruit: yellow-red apple

Application

A crabapple with a unique arching, broad habit, noted for its fragrant pink buds which mature to white flowers.


Malus ‘Golden Raindrops’ | Golden Raindrops Crabapple

Height: 25'

Growth: rapid

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: golden yellow

Spread: 20'

Habit: broad-vase

Flower: white

Fruit: golden yellow apple

Application

A fast growing crabapple should be given space to attain its full vase-shaped form. Favored for its golden yellow fruit and unique deeply cut leaves which develop into attractive yellow fall color.


Malus ‘Jewelcole’ | Red Jewel™ Crabapple

Height: 15'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: yellow

Spread: 12'

Habit: upright pyramidal

Flower: pure white

Fruit: red apple

Application

This tree’s upright pyramidal form works well as a small parkway tree under wires. Bright red fruit that keeps throughout the winter adds to its appeal.


Malus ‘JFS-KW5’ PP 14374 | Royal Raindrops® Crabapple

Height: 20'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: purple

Fall Foliage: orange-red

Spread: 15'

Habit: upright-spreading

Flower: bright pinkish-red

Fruit: red apple

Application

Deep purple cut leaf foliage makes this an excellent crabapple for summer leaf color. This tree is also noted for its lovely pink blooms in spring and bright fall color.


Malus ‘Purple Prince’ | Purple Prince Crabapple

Height: 20'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: purple-bronze

Fall Foliage: red

Spread: 20'

Habit: rounded

Flower: rose red

Fruit: maroon apple

Application

Persistent maroon fruit, coral red blooms and purple-tinged foliage distinguish this crabapple.


Malus ‘Red Peacock’ | Red Peacock Crabapple

Height: 12’

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: yellow

Spread: 14’

Habit: upright, spreading

Flower: white

Fruit: red apple

Application

Clean, healthy looking foliage and a colorful fall and winter display of red fruit make this a desirable crabapple. Beautiful pink blooms fade to white. Maintains an upright habit that spreads with age.


Malus ‘Spring Snow’ | Spring Snow Crabapple

Height: 20’

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: yellow

Spread: 15’

Habit: upright, rounded

Flower: white

Fruit: fruitless

Application

An older variety that offers single, white blooms in the spring. Fruitless. Requires moist, well-drained soils. Best to prune in late winter.


Malus ‘Sutyzam’ | Sugar Tyme® Crabapple

Height: 15'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: yellow

Spread: 12'

Habit: upright oval

Flower: pink buds to white

Fruit: red apple

Application

This deciduous tree offers persistent red fruit, bronze-yellow fall color, and fragrant white flowers in spring.


Malus ’Donald Wyman’ | Donald Wyman Crabapple

Height: 25'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: yellow

Spread: 20-25'

Habit: rounded

Flower: pink buds to white

Fruit: red apple

Application

Excellent disease resistance allows this plant to show off it’s glossy green foliage after the bright white flowers have come and gone. The mature rounded habit of this tree make it a specimen in the landscape.


Malus Sargentii | Sargent Crabapple

Height: 10'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: yellow

Spread: 12'

Habit: horizontal-spreading

Flower: white

Fruit: bright red

Application

This dwarf form crabapple is good around patios and features small bright red fruit and a brilliant white flower.


Malus sargentii 'Tina’ | Tina Sargent Crabapple

Height: 5'

Growth: slow

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: yellow

Spread: 8'

Habit: spreading

Flower: red buds to white

Fruit: 1/4" red

Application

Grown on a standard, this crabapple has red buds which mature to white flowers. Dark green foliage in summer is followed by bright red fruit that persists through winter. This is a good accent plant for small spaces.


Malus x adstringens ‘Jefgreen’ | Emerald Spire Crabapple

Height: 15’

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: yellow

Spread: 6’

Habit: columnar

Flower: pink

Fruit: red apple

Application

A very unique and new crabapple on the market. An excellent option for a small and narrow space. Emerald Spire has a strong central leader with dense branching.


Parrotia persica ‘Vanessa’ | Vanessa Persian Ironwood

Height: 35'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: red, gold, orange

Spread: 15'

Habit: upright, narrow

Flower: red in winter

Fruit: capsule

Application

A complete stunner in our book. Year round interest make this small tree a beautiful addition to any landscape.


Populus tremuloides | Quaking Aspen

Height: 40’

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: dark-green, glossy

Fall Foliage: golden yellow

Spread: 20’

Habit: narrow, rounded

Flower: catkins

Fruit: capsule

Application

Highlights include beautiful white bark, deep green “quaking” foliage, golden yellow fall color and disease resistance. Can be used as a focal point or as a mass planting.


Populus tremuloides ‘JFS-Column’ | Mountain Sentinel Aspen

Height: 35’

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: yellow

Spread: 8’

Habit: narrow, upright

Flower: inconspicuous

Fruit: small capsule

Application

An excellent selection for a narrow, small space. This fastigiate Aspen offers the same silvery-gray bark, golden fall color and fluttering leaves as the species.


Prunus virginiana ‘Schubert Select’ | Schubert Cherry

Height: 20’

Growth: rapid

Spring Foliage: purple

Fall Foliage: orange-red

Spread: 20’

Habit: pyramidal

Flower: white

Fruit: drupe

Application

This small tree has a rounded crown and dense foliage. The foliage stands out in the landscape because it emerges green then changes to a dark purple in the summer. Its bright fruit attracts birds.


Prunus x ‘Snofozam’ | Snow Fountains® Weeping Cherry

Height: 10'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: yellow

Spread: 8'

Habit: weeping

Flower: white

Fruit: cherry

Application

This weeping ornamental tree is covered in white blooms that can dip all the way to the ground in early spring. A great accent plant for a small space or a Japanese garden.


Syringa pekinensis ‘Zhang Zhiming’ | Beijing Gold Japanese Tree Lilac

Height: 20’

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: yellow

Spread: 15’

Habit: upright rounded

Flower: large, yellow/white

Fruit: capsule

Application

This plant is distinctive for its creamy yellow flower in June and golden yellow fall color. With a more upright habit, this Japanese Tree Lilac is less coarsely branched than most tree lilacs. Great in a residential setting or used as a parkway tree.


Syringa reticulata ‘Ivory Silk’ | Ivory Silk Japanese Lilac

Height: 20'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: yellow

Spread: 15'

Habit: compact rounded

Flower: white

Fruit: capsule

Application

An ornamental with a compact dense green form, deep green foliage and heavy white blooms in mid-summer. This specimen can thrive in areas with limited space and tough soil conditions.


Viburnum prunifolium ‘McKRouge’ | Forest Rouge Blackhaw Viburnum

Height: 10’

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: maroon

Spread: 10’

Habit: rounded

Flower: white

Fruit: blue-black

Application

Beautiful, maroon fall color make this a show stopper in the landscape. Forest Rouge has a more dense, upright habit than the species.


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