Listing of Deciduous Trees in Our Yard


Autumn Gold GinkgoGinkgo biloba “Autumn Gold”Planted in Fall of 2011 in memory of Diane’s mother, Gertrude.  Ginkgo is a deciduous conifer (a true gymnosperm) that features distinctive, two-lobed, somewhat leathery, fan-shaped leaves with diverging (almost parallel) veins. Ginkgo is the only surviving member of a group of ancient plants believed to have inhabited the earth up to 150 million years ago. Ginkgoes are dioecious (separate male and female trees). Female trees are very undesirable because they produce seeds encased in fleshy, fruit-like coverings which, at maturity in autumn, are messy and emit a noxious, foul odor upon falling to the ground and splitting open. As a result, nurseries today generally sell only male cultivars (which are “fruitless”). ‘Autumn Gold’ is an all-male cultivar typically growing at maturity to 40-50′ with a symmetrical, broadly spreading habit. Leaves turn a uniform golden yellow in autumn (spectacular when backlit by early morning or late afternoon sun) and persist for several weeks. When the leaves do drop, they drop rapidly, forming a golden carpet around the tree. Ginkgo is also commonly called maidenhair tree, which refers to the resemblance of the fan-shaped leaves to maidenhair fern leaflets (pinnae).


Center Glow NinebarkPhysocarpus opulifolius ‘Center Glow’ The Ninebark Center Glow, ‘Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Center Glow’, is a new and exciting variety. Similar to ‘Diablo’, the foliage emerges a yellow-green but matures into bright, deep red that last all season long. With a plant height of 8-10′ and a width of 8′, the white flowers that bloom in spring add excitement to this shrub. Best to be planted in full sun, ‘Center Glow’ needs a well drained site. Developed by Dr. Harold Pellet and the University of Minnesota. Use this plant in the landscape as a border or background for perennial or annual flower beds or in foundation plantings of larger buildings. The Center Glow is a fast grower and new shoots can be cut and used in floral arrangements. Center Glow Ninebark
Crimson Pointe Purple Leaf PlumPrunus cerasifera ‘Cipriozam’ The Crimson Pointe plum is a narrow, columnar shaped, purple leafed ornamental plum. This deciduous tree has glossy bronze foilage that turns a maroon green as it ages. It has a showy white flower that blooms in April. It typically needs full sun and can reach a height from 25-30 ft. with about a 10 ft. span. This is a perfect tree far those with a small lot and wish to draw the view forward to a focal point. Crimson Pointe Purple Leaf Plum
Merrill MagnoliaMagnolia x loebneri ‘Merrill’ ‘Merrill’ magnolias result from crosses between the tree-like Magnolia kobus and its shrubby variety stellata. Both offer hardiness and the early blooming characteristic of the star magnolia, but they ultimately grow larger. They bloom alongside the star magnolia in mid-spring. Throughout the season, these plants offer the same great foliage and seasonal interests as star magnolia. Which plant to choose likely depends on available space and your preferred color scheme. ‘Merrill’ is a symmetrical, extremely vigorous and large growing white-flowered magnolia. There are a few older plants in the area that are two stories tall and fifteen feet wide. Pruned up to reveal its smooth grey trunk, this plant makes a choice alternative to crabapples. Merrill's Magnolia
Chaparrel Fruitless Weeping MulberryMorus alba ‘Chaparral’ The Chaparral Weeping Mulberry Tree grafts in the top, thus limiting the ultimate tree height. The fruitless Chaparral Weeping Mulberry Tree offers a dramatic improvement over older cultivars of fruitless trees. The leaves of the Chaparral Weeping Mulberry Tree are dark green with a waxy gloss, a show of total immunity to insect and disease problems. The grafted union of the fruitless mulberry tree either at the bottom of the tree or in the top branches where multiple grafts must be placed.  The Weeping Mulberry Tree is fruitless and grows into a beautiful tree in the Summer landscape.  
Royal Frost BirchBetula ‘Royal Frost’ The Royal Frost Birch is a moderately growing shade tree.  This birch adapts well to wet areas and is deer resistant.  The best features of Royal Frost are its foliage and bark.  The foliage is an attractive burgundy color for most of the year.  During winter the white bark will show up nice in any landscape. Royal Frost Birch
Royal Raindrops Flowering CrabMalus `JFS-KW5′ Eye-popping magenta pink blooms, deep purple cutleaf foliage, sparkling red fruits and bright fall color give all-season appeal to this easy-care flowering ornamental.Superior disease resistance, adaptability, plus heat and drought tolerance make this unique crabapple a crown jewel among trees.Refined, uniquely shaped leaves emerge glossy deep purple and maintain their rich color through the heat of summer. Fall color is a medley of bronze, orange and purple. Tiny, persistent, bright red fruits appearing in late summer are prized by wildlife and add winter interest. Royal Raindrops Flowering Crab
Molten Lava Flowering CrabMalus Molten Lava Flowering Crab is bathed in stunning clusters of fragrant white flowers along the branches in mid spring, which emerge from distinctive cherry red flower buds before the leaves. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves turn yellow in fall. The fruits are showy tomato-orange pomes carried in abundance from early fall right through to late winter, which can be messy if allowed to drop on the lawn or walkways. The rough khaki (brownish-green) bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape. Molten Lava Flowering Crab
Marshall Green Seedless AshFraxinus pennsylvanica ‘Marshall’s Seedless’ 

Planted in Front Yard, May, 1992

This widely used seedless selection of Green Ash is still considered one of the best. It has attractive glossy foliage and is adaptable to most conditions. More vigorous than the species, it also has fewer insect problems. Marshall Green Seedless Ash
White OakQuercus alba L. White oak (Quercus alba) is an outstanding tree among all trees and is widespread across eastern North America. The most important lumber tree of the white oak group, growth is good on all but the driest shallow soils. Its high-grade wood is useful for many things, an important one being staves for barrels, hence the name stave oak. The acorns are an important food for many kinds of wildlife. White Oak Leaf
Red OakQuercus rubra Commonly called northern red oak or champion oak, (syn. Quercus borealis), is an oak in the red oak group (Quercus section Lobatae). It is a native of North America, in the northeastern United States and southeast Canada. It grows from the north end of the Great Lakes, east to Nova Scotia, south as far asGeorgia and states with good soil that is slightly acidic. Often simply called “red oak”, northern red oak is formally so named to distinguish it from southern red oak (Q. falcata), also known as the Spanish oak. Red Oak Leaf
Ironwood Ironwood or Hop Hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana), 25-40 ft. This is a common native, occurring over much of the state, often growing beneath other trees. Although shade tolerant, the ironwood will grow better in full sun. It is quite free of insect and disease problems and will tolerate a wide range of soils, except poorly drained soils. It can be grown as a clump or as a single-trunk tree. Fall color is yellow to brown. Some leaves persist into winter, providing winter interest. Seeds are born in interesting hipline pods at the tips of branches. Hop Hornbeam Bark
Hackberry(Celtis occidentalis) This tree has a form similar to that of elm. It will grow on many sites but grows fastest on fertile, moist soils. The deep root system makes hackberry quite drought tolerant. It often takes two years to reestablish itself after transplanting. Several problems are common to this tree. One is an insect gall that causes a wartlike growth on the leaves. However, these do not significantly affect tree growth. Clusters of twiggy outgrowths on some branches, called “witches broom,” are common on hackberry, but cause no apparent damage. Hackberry has small green berries that turn purplish at maturity. The medium-green summer foliage may turn yellow in the fall if severe weather is delayed. The bark is rough with prominent, short, corky ridges. Hackberry Bark
Cherry (Black)(Prunus serotina) Although native to Minnesota, this tree is not commonly planted. White flowers in long pendant clusters are followed by astringent cherries that are black at maturity. This tree produces a high quality wood used for furniture. Black Cherry Bark