Landscape Ideas: Shade Trees

Kinsey Family Farm Taxodium distichum Baldcypress


Native. Taxodium distichum Baldcypress 50′ – 70′ A beautiful, large size deciduous conifer which has long been associated with the old south. New growth is a light green shade which changes to a softer, deeper green in summer. Bark is peeling and brown which adds winter interest to a landscape. Feathery foliage turns red during fall. Baldcypress is related to the Giant and Dawn Redwood and best suited for large areas.

Kinsey Family Farm Taxodium ascendens Pond Cypress

Pond Cypress

Native. Taxodium ascendens Pond Cypress. A canopy tree which is closely related to baldcypress, pond cypress is a beautiful, deciduous conifer with soft, airy needles. Fall color is an attractive reddish brown and the summer foliage a pale green. Pond cypress is adaptable and will tolerate wet or dry soils.

Kinsey Family Farm American Beech

American Beech

Native. Fagus grandifolia American Beech 80′ – 100′. American Beech has an elegant form with a stout, steel grey trunk and sweeping branches. Its pyramid shape has a spreading crown while the leaves feature distinctive sawtooth margins. Bright green of the foliage makes a striking contrast against the slate gray bark. During the autumn season American Beech will be covered in coppery gold leaves, a stand out in any fall landscape display. American Beech is very shade tolerant but achieves its best growth in partial sun to full sun light.

Kinsey Family Farm Betula nigra River Birch City Slicker

River Birch

Native. Betula nigra River Birch ‘City Slicker’ 30′ – 40′. River birch is a classic native shade tree for Georgia landscapes and makes a stand out statement wherever it is planted. The naturally peeling bark is easily recognizable and always attractive, standing out in a landscape design. I may be used as a stand alone tree, in a backyard along a property border or along creeks and ponds. River birch is a fast growing shade tree which may be planted in full sun or partial shade.

Kinsey Family Farm Nyssa sylvatica Black Gum

Black Gum ‘Wildfire’, ‘Green Gable’

Native. Nyssa sylvatica Black Gum ‘Wildfire’, ‘Green Gable’, black tupelo Deciduous 30′ – 50′. Black Gum ‘Wildfire’ is a gorgeous selection of our native Blackgum and features bright red new growth in spring which dark green for summer. In autumn, foliage changes to a fiery shade of scarlet. ‘Wildfire’ will stand out in your landscape for fall color. It also produces small black fruit which will attract birds to your backyard and the attractive, furrowed gray bark offers winter interest.

Kinsey Family Farm Lacebark Elm

Lacebark Elm

Ulmus parvifolia Lacebark Elm ‘Allee’. The most noteworthy quality if lacebark elm is the beautiful exfoliating bark which peels to show vibrant shades of green, gray, orange and brown. A graceful medium sized, vase shaped shade tree which forms a rounded canopy. Branches have an arching form and covered in glossy, deep green, serrated leaves. Lacebark elm can tolerate many harsh growing conditions. Fast growing. See: Elm Trees.

Kinsey Family Farm Princeton American Elm

American Elm ‘Princeton’

Native. American Elm ‘Princeton’. Deciduous shade tree 80′ – 100′. A disease tolerant elm cultivar. It is fast growing and features dark green leaves which turn yellow in fall. Elm makes a beautiful shade tree in a landscape with a classic vase shape canopy and open space underneath. It is an easy to grow heritage tree, very hardy and tolerant of many growing conditions. Fast growing. See: Elm Trees.

Kinsey Family Farm Ginkgo Tree

Ginkgo Tree

Ginkgo biloba Ginkgo Maidenhair Tree 25′ – 50′, pyramid shape, medium growth rate. The Ginkgo tree is thought to be one of the oldest species of trees still living. It has unique leaves which are shaped like small fans, allowing them to wave gently in a breeze. Veins on Ginkgo leaves are slightly raised, giving them a ribbed look. In fall the pale green leaves will turn to yellow or gold. Ginkgo tree is able to tolerate urban growing conditions and suitable for commercial planting in parks or office space landscapes. Ginkgo, or Maidenhair Tree is a best choice if you are looking for something unusual for a front yard. The smaller size is good for small yards. Ours are male. We also carry ‘Sky Tower’ which has a slender, narrow form.

Kinsey Family Farm American Hornbeam Musclewood

Hornbeam Trees

Native American Hornbeam American Hornbeam or Musclewood is a shade tolerant, mid size deciduous tree. American Hornbeam naturally an understory tree, making it perfect for a shady side of the house or woodland edge. European Hornbeam ‘Pinocchio’ is a tall tree with a narrow upright habit, fine gold fall color and low maintenance requirements. See: Hornbeam Trees for details.

Kinsey Family Farm Shade Maple Trees

Maple Trees

Native. Acer 40′ – 50′. Deciduous shade tree. Leaves are glossy, dark green in summer, in the fall maples can change to orange, yellow and red depending upon the cultivar. They form a uniform, dense, oval crown as they mature and are attractive in any landscape. Maple trees may be used as lawn, street or backyard shade trees. Since some cultivars are smaller, maple can be a best pick for small yards. See: Maple Trees.

Kinsey Family Farm London Plane Tree Bloodgood

London Plane Tree ‘Bloodgood’

Platanus x acerifolia London Planetree ‘Bloodgood’ Sycamore 40′ – 50′. London Plane tree is a durable and attractive shade or street tree. London Plane tree is tolerant of adverse conditions in urban settings and has a better resistance than other members of the sycamore family. Similar to sycamore, the bark is naturally shedding, multi color and unique. Large leaves are heavily serrated have an interesting shape, a dark green color and turn to bright yellow in the fall. London Plane tree ‘Bloodgood’ is popular choice for shopping centers, malls, sidewalks, parks, or anywhere a large shade tree is needed! Medium to fast growing.

Kinsey Family Farm Quercus nuttallii Nuttall Oak

Oak Trees

Native. Oak 60′ – 80′ is an heritage tree choice for shade in the south. Most have uniform branching, a rounded shape and an open crown. Attractive bark is deep ridged and rough in reddish or gray brown colors. Leaves are most often a leathery and deep green during summer, and in fall a rich yellow brown or red in autumn. Oak is adaptable, tough and long lived making it suitable as a street tree as most will not develop surface roots as some shade trees will. It is tolerant of of many growing conditions and a great pick for Georgia landscapes. See: Oak Trees.

Kinsey Family Farm Tulip Poplar Tree

Tulip Poplar

Native. Liriodendron tulipifera Tulip Poplar tulip tree, yellow poplar, American tulip tree, fiddle-tree, tuliptree, whitewood, 60′ – 90′. Tulip Poplar is a large, stately, deciduous tree named its cup shaped, tulip like blooms in late spring. Flowers are pale yellow and have an orange band at the base of the petal. The large lobed leaves of Tulip Poplar are and bright green with yellow fall color.

Kinsey Family Farm Weeping Willow Tree

Weeping Willow

Salix Weeping Willow deciduous shade tree 30′ – 40. A classic sight in the south, few trees are as graceful as the Weeping Willow. This is one of the first trees to leaf out in spring and one of the last to drop them during fall. Weeping Willow has romantic, sweeping branches and narrow, pale green leaves that sway in a breeze. Use as a focal point planting, Weeping Willow also does well in low lying or moist areas along creeks and ponds. Fast growing shade tree.

Kinsey Family Farm American Yellowwood

American Yellowwood

Native. Cladrastis kentukea American Yellowwood deciduous shade tree 30′ – 50′. A handsome tree with a tidy round crown. Bark is smooth and gray. American Yellowwood is best know for its spectacular display of wisteria like flowers in late spring as numerous foot long blooms droop from branches. Blooms are typically white but sometimes have a pink tint. Flowers develop into bean like pods as the season progresses, these pods can hang on the branches into winter. American Yellowwood foliage is gold orange or yellow during autumn. The small size is perfect for small yards or as a backyard planting.

Zelkova ‘Green Vase’

Zelkova serrata ‘Green Vase’.