Deciduous Trees

Dogwood, Pagoda

15′ high by 20′ wide. Has a horizontal growth habit. White flowers in spring. reddish fall color.

Elm, Accolade

70′ high by 40′ wide. Resistant to Dutch Elm Disease.  Good yellow fall color.

Elm, Pioneer

50′ high by 60′ wide. Resistant to Dutch Elm Disease. Yellow fall color.

Elm, Triumph

55′ high by 45′ wide. Resistant to Dutch Elm Disease.

Fagus sylvatica ‘Dawyck’ Purple Beech

Dawyck Purple Beech has attractive deep purple foliage which emerges coppery-bronze in spring. The serrated pointy leaves are ornamentally significant and turn an outstanding coppery-bronze in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The smooth silver bark is extremely showy and adds significant winter interest.  Dawyck Purple Beech is a dense deciduous tree with a narrowly upright and columnar growth habit. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.  This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. Deer don’t particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.  It can live to a ripe old age of 120 years old and has the potential to get 50′ tall though its rare to see them over 30′ in height.  As the original owner of the tree you could maybe expect to see 20′ in height with a 6′ spread.

Fagus sylvatica ‘Roseo-Marginata’ (Tri Color Beech)

I have to say this is perhaps my favorite tree, I just love it!  This tree is not for every yard but in my opinion every yard should take a look at having one of these trees.

It is Best grown in deep, rich, moist but well-drained soils in part shade. Plants do not perform well in the heat and humidity of the deep South. Variegated foliage may scorch in hot afternoon sun in the St. Louis area where sun dappled conditions with some afternoon shade may be best. Plants are intolerant of wet, poorly drained soils. Plants may be difficult to transplant. Plants do not always grow well in urban settings.

Noteworthy Characteristics

European beech is a large deciduous tree typically growing to 50-60’ (less frequently to 100’) tall with a dense, upright-oval to rounded-spreading crown. The bottom line is that tricolor beeches in general provide often stunning variegated foliage (purple/pink, green and white), particularly in spring. They are under story trees that typically grows to 30’ tall and from a distance usually project a rose foliage color in spring although the actual variegation is a bit more complicated. Leaves (to 4” long) have prominent parallel veins.  Yellowish green flowers bloom in April-May but are not showy.

Ginkgo, Jade Butterflies

12-15′ high by 8-10′ wide. Slow going specimen tree. Golden yellow fall color.

Ginkgo, Princeton

40′ high by 15′ wide. Upright tree. Golden fall color.


50-60′ high by 50′ wide.  Drought hardy tree. Has corky bark. Yellowish fall color. Also known to have Hackberry Nipple Gall.

Hackberry Nipple Gall

Does no harm to the tree. Real easy way to identify Hackberry.

Hawthorn, Thornless

15′ high by 15′ wide. White flowers in June. Red fruit after and into winter.

Hornbeam, Columnar

35′ high by 25′ wide.  Dense, formal looking tree. Good for screening. Yellow fall color.

Kentucky Coffee Tree

50-60′ high by 40′ wide.  Has fruit pods that average 8″ long and are brown.

Lilac, Dwarf Korean (Tree Form)

5-10′ high by 5′ wide. (Height can vary) Globe tree on standard. Lavender blooms. Has cherry like bark.

Lilac, Ivory Silk

20-25′ high by 15′ wide.  White flowers in early summer. More compact than Japanese Tree Lilac. Has cherry like bark.