Shade Trees

The anchor of the landscape. When you plant a shade tree it is something that is intended to be enjoyed for generations, so choose carefully. The shade trees we grow are meant to perform here, they are spaced and pruned appropriately to enhance their natural characteristics. Along with top pruning, we also believe in root pruning on many varieties to create a fuller compact root system that transplants well with a lush dense crown.

Acer miyabei ‘Morton’ | State Street® Maple

Height: 55'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: dark green

Fall Foliage: bright yellow

Spread: 45'

Habit: upright oval

Flower: green-yellow

Fruit: paired samaras

Application

A maple which transplants very well, this tree has excellent fall color, is adaptable to all types of soil conditions and works well in parkway situations. This plant was selected from the Morton Arboretum.


Acer platanoides ‘Crimson King’ | Crimson King Norway Maple

Height: 40'

Growth: slow

Spring Foliage: maroon-red

Fall Foliage: reddish-bronze

Spread: 35'

Habit: rounded

Flower: yellow

Fruit: paired samaras

Application

A slow growing tree, which will need space with age, but works wonderfully as a stand-out specimen due to its rich red-maroon foliage.


Acer platanoides ‘Crimson Sentry’ | Crimson Sentry Norway Maple

Height: 30'

Growth: slow

Spring Foliage: maroon-red

Fall Foliage: reddish-bronze

Spread: 15'

Habit: columnar

Flower: yellow

Fruit: paired samara

Application

The columnar version of the Crimson King Maple, rich maroon foliage throughout the year, but does not need as much room.


Acer platanoides ‘Pond’ | Emerald Lustre Norway Maple

Height: 50'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: dark green

Fall Foliage: yellow

Spread: 40'

Habit: broadly oval

Flower: green-yellow

Fruit: paired samaras

Application

Tough tree that tolerates a wide range of conditions and has a nice yellow fall color.


Acer rubrum ‘Frank Jr.’ | Redpointe Maple

Height: 45'

Growth: rapid

Spring Foliage: dark green

Fall Foliage: bright red

Spread: 30'

Habit: broadly pyramidal

Flower: red

Fruit: paired samaras

Application

A beautiful, pyramidal shade tree with high disease resistance. An excellent large shade tree for more compact landscapes. This tree is a newer introduction that performs well in this area.


Acer rubrum ‘Franksred’ | Red Sunset® Red Maple

Height: 45'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: dark green, glossy

Fall Foliage: brilliant orange-red to red

Spread: 35'

Habit: upright oval

Flower: red

Fruit: paired samaras

Application

A tree which is favored for its fall color and performs best in acidic to neutral soil types. It is a particularly good choice for residential applications.


Acer rubrum ‘JFS-KW78’ | Armstrong Gold Maple

Height: 40'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: golden to orange

Spread: 12'

Habit: upright, narrow

Flower: red

Fruit: paired samara

Application

This improved cultivar has brighter foliage color, greater foliage density and is less leggy. Great for narrow spaces and parkways.


Acer saccharum ‘Green Mountain’ | Green Mountain® Sugar Maple

Height: 50'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: dark green

Fall Foliage: reddish-orange to red

Spread: 40'

Habit: broadly oval

Flower: green-yellow

Fruit: paired samaras

Application

A proven, well performing cultivar, this tree is known for its good structure and excellent fall color.


Acer x freemanii ‘Jeffersred’ | Autumn Blaze® Maple

Height: 50'

Growth: rapid

Spring Foliage: medium green

Fall Foliage: brilliant orange-red to red

Spread: 40'

Habit: broadly oval

Flower: red

Fruit: paired samaras

Application

This maple is a fast growing shade tree that provides bright red fall color and will thrive in alkaline soils.


Acer x freemanii 'Armstrong' | Armstrong Red Maple

Height: 45'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: red

Spread: 15'

Habit: columnar

Flower: red

Fruit: paired samara

Application

This maple is an excellent choice where space for a tree crown is tight, such as in linear applications between the sidewalk and the street.


Acer x freemanii 'Marmo' | Marmo Maple

Height: 60'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: marbled-red and green to yellow

Spread: 40'

Habit: upright oval

Flower: red-yellow

Fruit: none

Application

The Marmo is a Chicagoland Grows introduction which has a balanced, symmetrical shape. This selection from the Morton Arboretum performs well in a variety of environments and was named after Margaret Morton, the wife of Morton Arboretum founder Joy Morton.


Aesculus x arnoldiana ‘Autumn Splendor’ | Autumn Splendor Horsechestnut

Height: 35'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: emerald green

Fall Foliage: maroon-red

Spread: 25'

Habit: rounded, dense

Flower: yellow-red panicles

Fruit: brown nuts (non-edible)

Application

This is a beautiful, medium sized specimen tree that will blow you away with its creamy yellow panicle flowers in the spring, followed by brilliant maroon-red foliage in the fall.


Catalpa speciosa | Northern Catalpa

Height: 45'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: green, large

Fall Foliage: yellow

Spread: 25'

Habit: broadly upright

Flower: white 4 - 8” panicles

Fruit: long pods

Application

This native species has coarse branching and a very unique and showy flower in spring. While used best in large areas or parkways, it tolerates a variety of soil conditions and adds diversity to the landscape.


Celtis occidentalis | Common Hackberry

Height: 50'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: yellow

Spread: 40'

Habit: rounded open

Flower: inconspicuous

Fruit: small purple

Application

A resilient tree, which can handle alkaline soil and harsh conditions. This plant is a good option for parkways, yards and open areas.


Celtis occidentalis ‘Chicagoland’ | Chicagoland Hackberry

Height: 50'

Growth: rapid

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: light yellow

Spread: 40'

Habit: round

Flower: inconspicuous

Fruit: small berry

Application

This somewhat underused genus is highly adaptable and tolerates poor soils and air pollution. Excellent option for parkways, parks and large yards.


Fagus grandiflora | American Beech

Height: 70'

Growth: slow

Spring Foliage: dark green

Fall Foliage: golden bronze

Spread: 50'

Habit: upright oval to rounded

Flower: yellowish-green

Fruit: nut

Application

This east North American native is a large deciduous tree with a dense, upright-oval to rounded-spreading crown. Grown with low branching. Intolerant of poor soils.


Fagus sylvatica ‘Riversii’ | Rivers Purple Beech

Height: 50'

Growth: slow

Spring Foliage: purple

Fall Foliage: purple-bronze

Spread: 40'

Habit: broad oval

Flower: inconspicuous

Fruit: nut

Application

This is an outstanding accent tree, with beautiful deep purple foliage which lasts from spring to fall.


Fagus sylvatica ‘Tricolor’ | Tricolor Beech

Height: 25'

Growth: slow

Spring Foliage: purple, pink, white

Fall Foliage: purple, pink, white

Spread: 18'

Habit: broad oval

Flower: inconspicuous

Fruit: nut

Application

This unique beech requires part shade and protection from strong winds. The multi-colored leaves are very attractive, making it an excellent specimen plant.


Ginkgo biloba ‘Autumn Gold’ | Autumn Gold Ginkgo

Height: 40'

Growth: slow

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: gold

Spread: 40'

Habit: rounded

Flower: inconspicuous

Fruit: fruitless

Application

What else can be said of the mighty ginkgo, one of the only living things to survive the atom bomb explosion near Hiroshima. This fruitless male selection offers everything this prehistoric tree has offered us for the last 270 million years, with the exception of the stinky female fruit. Brilliant gold fall color and symmetrical branching will light up any landscape.


Ginkgo biloba ‘Princeton Sentry’ | Princeton Sentry® Ginkgo

Height: 50'

Growth: slow

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: yellow

Spread: 15'

Habit: upright pyramidal

Flower: inconspicuous

Fruit: none

Application

A male cultivar that has an upright, nearly columnar habit that tapers to a point. An excellent selection for parkways, small yards or as a specimen.


Gleditsia triacanthos ‘Skycole’ | Skyline® Honeylocust

Height: 45'

Growth: rapid

Spring Foliage: medium green

Fall Foliage: golden yellow

Spread: 40'

Habit: broadly pyramidal

Flower: inconspicuous

Fruit: seedless

Application

A hardy tree that works well in parkways, yards and open areas. It can handle alkaline soil and harsh conditions while offering filtered shade.


Gymnocladus dioicus | Kentucky Coffee

Height: 45'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: yellow

Spread: 35'

Habit: oval to vase

Flower: white panicles

Fruit: 5-10" brown pod

Application

A native tree that has course branching which becomes very distinctive with age. Recommended for parkways, parks and yards, this tree is drought tolerant and works well in alkaline soil and city conditions.


Gymnocladus dioicus ‘Espresso-JFS’ | Espresso™ Kentucky Coffee

Height: 45'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: yellow

Spread: 35'

Habit: oval to vase

Flower: inconspicuous

Fruit: seedless

Application

A seedless cultivar which is drought tolerant and works well in alkaline soil and city conditions; recommended for use in parkways, parks and yards.


Liriodendron tulipifera | Tulip Tree

Height: 55'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: deep green, glossy

Fall Foliage: bright yellow

Spread: 25'

Habit: pyramidal

Flower: catkins

Fruit: nutlet

Application

Earning its name due to the tulip shaped flowers which grace it; this large tree is also known for its magnificent pyramidal form, which it needs space to attain.


Metasequoia glyptostroboides | Dawn Redwood

Height: 70'

Growth: rapid

Spring Foliage: deep green

Fall Foliage: red-bronze

Spread: 25'

Habit: conical

Flower: non-flowering

Fruit: cones

Application

This giant, deciduous, coniferous tree needs no explanation. Beautiful, soft, fern-like foliage emerges light green, darkens to deep green, and ends the season with a rich red-bronze fall color. Requires moist, humus, well-drained soils.


Platanus x acerifolia ‘Morton Circle’ | Exclamation London Planetree

Height: 60'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: yellow

Spread: 30'

Habit: upright pyramidal

Flower: inconspicuous

Fruit: bristly seed ball

Application

A selection from the Morton Arboretum for its superb central leader and uniform pyramidal shape. Excellent shade tree or parkway tree. Beautiful exfoliating bark.


Pyrus calleryana ‘Aristocrat’ | Aristocrat® Pear

Height: 40'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: dark green, glossy

Fall Foliage: deep red

Spread: 25'

Habit: open spreading pyramidal

Flower: white

Fruit: 1/2" rounded pome

Application

This tree has an attractive open branching habit and is a beautiful ornamental for yards, parks and parkways.


Pyrus calleryana ‘Glen’s Form’ | Chanticleer® Pear

Height: 40'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: green, glossy

Fall Foliage: deep red

Spread: 15'

Habit: uprightly pyramidal

Flower: white

Fruit: 1/2" rounded pome

Application

A narrow upright habit makes this tree ideal for spaces with limited width, as well as parkways.


Quercus acutissima | Sawtooth Oak

Height: 50'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: dark green

Fall Foliage: bronze to pale brown

Spread: 50'

Habit: round spreading

Flower: yellow-green catkins

Fruit: acorns, abundant

Application

Unusual, chestnut-like, glossy dark green leaves with marginal teeth make Sawtooth Oak easy to identify. Native to Asia, this medium size oak would work well in parks and large yards.


Quercus bicolor | Swamp White Oak

Height: 45'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: yellow brownish-red

Spread: 45'

Habit: rounded

Flower: yellow-green catkins

Fruit: acorns

Application

Known for performing well in wet areas, this tree transplants well and can tolerate a variety of soils.


Quercus bicolor ‘JFS-KW12’ | American Dream Oak

Height: 50'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: yellow

Spread: 40'

Habit: broad, pyramidal

Flower: catkin

Fruit: acorn

Application

Glossy, bright green foliage and a super dense canopy with strong branching make this Swamp White Oak selection an excellent option for residential landscapes and street and parkway plantings.


Quercus ellipsoidalis | Hill’s Oak

Height: 60'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: dark green

Fall Foliage: red

Spread: 60'

Habit: oval

Flower: yellow-green catkins

Fruit: acorn

Application

Very similar to Pin Oak, Hill’s Oak tolerates a higher soil pH, making it less likely to show signs of chlorosis. A great shade tree for a park or large yard.


Quercus imbricaria | Shingle Oak

Height: 60'

Growth: slow

Spring Foliage: dark green

Fall Foliage: bronze to red

Spread: 50'

Habit: upright oval

Flower: yellow-green catkins

Fruit: acorn

Application

This unusual looking oak may not have traditional oak leaves but does maintain the traditional oak look with its size and structure. A beautiful shade tree for parks, large yards and public areas.


Quercus macrocarpa | Bur Oak

Height: 60'

Growth: slow

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: yellow

Spread: 40'

Habit: round spreading

Flower: yellow-green catkins

Fruit: acorns

Application

This tree is tolerant of a variety of soils and conditions and works well in yards or parks.


Quercus muehlenbergii | Chinkapin Oak

Height: 60'

Growth: slow

Spring Foliage: light green

Fall Foliage: yellow

Spread: 50'

Habit: upright, rounded

Flower: catkin

Fruit: acorn

Application

This native oak is unique thanks to it’s glossy, coarsely-toothed leaves. Great as a specimen tree or as a grouping of trees for large areas.


Quercus robur x bicolor ‘Long’ | Regal Prince® Oak

Height: 45'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: bright green, glossy

Fall Foliage: yellow

Spread: 15'

Habit: upright oval

Flower: yellow-green catkins

Fruit: acorns

Application

A very good columnar selection, this tree is ideal for groupings or narrow spaces.


Quercus robur x bicolor ‘Nadler’ | Kindred Spirit Oak

Height: 30'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: yellow

Spread: 6'

Habit: upright, narrow

Flower: catkin

Fruit: acorn

Application

One of the tightest and columnar trees on the market, Kindred Spirit only grows to a maximum width of 6’. Perfect for tight spaces, privacy or hedge.


Quercus rubra | Red Oak

Height: 70'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: bright green, glossy

Fall Foliage: red

Spread: 45'

Habit: rounded

Flower: yellow-green catkins

Fruit: acorns

Application

This relatively fast growing oak has a rich red fall color.


Robinia pseudoacacia ‘Purple Robe’ | Purple Robe Black Locust

Height: 40'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: purple, blue-green

Fall Foliage: yellow

Spread: 25'

Habit: rounded

Flower: violet, pea-like

Fruit: 2-4" brown pod

Application

Purple tinted new growth matures to a dull, blue-green on pinnately compound leaves. Beautiful, violet pea-like, fragrant flowers bloom in pendulous clusters in late May to early June for about a week.


Salix alba tristis ‘Niobe’ | Niobe Weeping Willow

Height: 50'

Growth: rapid

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: yellow

Spread: 40'

Habit: rounded, weeping

Flower: catkin

Fruit: capsule

Application

A popular shade tree, known for its flexible branches and rapid growth rate. Prefers moist, well-drained soils. This plant works well next to bodies of water.


Taxodium distichum | Bald Cypress

Height: 60'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: green, evergreen like

Fall Foliage: brilliant rustic red to orange

Spread: 25'

Habit: pyramidal

Flower: green panicles

Fruit: 1/2"-1" cones

Application

A well adapting tree that works well in bog like situations, as well as parkways. It has an evergreen-like foliage with a brilliant rustic red fall color.


Taxodium distichum ‘Mickelson’ | Shawnee Brave® Bald Cypress

Height: 55'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: sage green, evergreen like

Fall Foliage: brilliant rustic red to orange

Spread: 20'

Habit: narrowly pyramidal

Flower: green panicles

Fruit: 1/2"-1" cones

Application

A narrower cultivar than the Common Bald Cypress, this tree also has a bark with an attractive texture and shaggy appearance.


Taxodium distichum ‘Peve Minaret’ | Peve Minaret Bald Cypress

Height: 6'

Growth: slow

Spring Foliage: green, evergreen-like

Fall Foliage: brilliant rustic red to orange

Spread: 3'

Habit: dwarf, upright

Flower: green panicle

Fruit: 1/2” to 1” cone

Application

A dwarf cultivar that maintains a dense, pyramidal form. Excellent as a specimen planting.


Tilia americana ‘McKSentry’ | American Sentry® Linden

Height: 45'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: yellow

Spread: 30'

Habit: pyramidal to rounded

Flower: yellow

Fruit: tan, nut-like

Application

This selection of Linden has a stark, silvery bark and a uniform upright shape. It is favored for its strong resistance to the Japanese Beetle.


Tilia americana x euchlora ‘Redmond’ | Redmond Linden

Height: 35'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: light green

Fall Foliage: yellow

Spread: 25'

Habit: pyramidal

Flower: pale yellow, fragrant

Fruit: tan, nut like

Application

An effective screen for parks and large settings, this tree seems to be more resilient to the Japanese Beetle than the Little Leaf Linden.


Tilia cordata ‘Greenspire’ | Greenspire® Linden

Height: 40'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: yellow

Spread: 30'

Habit: pyramidal

Flower: pale yellow, fragrant

Fruit: tan, nut like

Application

A tree with very uniform branching, which makes it ideal for boulevards. It also tolerates a variety of soil conditions.


Tilia tomentosa ‘Sterling’ | Sterling Silver Linden

Height: 45'

Growth: slow-moderate

Spring Foliage: green with silver underside

Fall Foliage: yellow

Spread: 25'

Habit: broadly pyramidal

Flower: pale yellow, fragrant

Fruit: tan, nut like

Application

This linden is preferred for its soft silvery foliage and it also shows resistance to the Japanese Beetle.


Ulmus ‘Frontier’ | Frontier Elm

Height: 40'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: glossy green

Fall Foliage: burgundy

Spread: 30'

Habit: vase to oval

Flower: rarely blooms

Fruit: rarely sets fruit

Application

Besides being highly resistant to Dutch Elm Disease, ‘Frontier’ boasts beautiful, burgundy fall color. Great for a parkway or as a street tree.


Ulmus ‘Morton Glossy’ | Triumph™ Elm

Height: 55'

Growth: rapid

Spring Foliage: green, glossy

Fall Foliage: yellow

Spread: 45'

Habit: upright vase shaped

Flower: small, covered by foliage

Fruit: samara

Application

Selected by George Ware from Elm crosses at the Morton Arboretum, this tree is disease resistant and has a balanced, upright growth habit.


Ulmus ‘Morton’ | Accolade® Elm

Height: 70'

Growth: rapid

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: golden yellow

Spread: 45'

Habit: upright, spreading

Flower: small, covered by foliage

Fruit: samara

Application

This Chicagoland Grows introduction was selected by George Ware at the Morton Arboretum for having a similar upright, vase-shaped form as the American Elm.


Ulmus ‘New Horizon’ | New Horizon Elm

Height: 40'

Growth: rapid

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: yellow

Spread: 25'

Habit: upright

Flower: inconspicuous

Fruit: samara

Application

The New Horizon Elm has excellent disease resistance and a balanced symmetrical growth habit. Slightly arching branches give it a finer textured appearance. Useful as a parkway or street tree.


Ulmus americana ‘Princeton’ | Princeton Elm

Height: 70'

Growth: rapid

Spring Foliage: dark green

Fall Foliage: yellow

Spread: 50'

Habit: upright vase shaped

Flower: small, covered by foliage

Fruit: samara

Application

This is a disease resistant American Elm, which is distinguished by its fine textured and symmetrical branching.


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