Japanese Maple, Many cultivars. Opp, simple, deeply lobed, serrated, leafs out early. Fall yellow bornze orange purple red dep. on cultivar. Bud-typ. 2 at terminal end, hidden by base of petiole. Typ. pubescent skirt at bottom of bud. Samaras, Oct/Nov often red.
Carpinus betulus 'Fastigiata'
Fastigiate European Hornbeam - upright, fastigiate, Leaves-alternate, simple ovate to oblong double serration strong vennation. short petiole. Buds- long narrow pointed scaled. Flower buds along stem longer than foliar. Typ. buds curved towards stem. Flowers-mono- m-catkins f-3 lobed bracts, April. Seeds borne in base of 3 lobed bracts. 'Fastigiata'
American Hornbeam, Musclewood, Native. leaves alternate, simple, ovate, smaller than C. betulus. double serration. Buds-scaley, pubescent smaller than C. betulus flower buds down stem larger than foliar buds. Bark-smooth grey fluted looking muscular. Flowers-mono- m-catkins. f catkins shaggy with bracts at tips. Spring. Fruit -seeds in 3 lobed papery bracts hang in chains.
Redbud ('Forest Pansy'), Native Leaves-alternate, simple, heart shaped, rounded, point at tip. entire. Reddish purple when emerging. Can be good yellow in fall. Buds-no terminal, rounded, small, blunt, dark. all along stem, clusters. Branches and stems-dark. Flowers-all along stem, branches and trunk. Rose/purple, March April. Pods linger into winter/spring. 'Forest Pansy'-purple leaves.
Flowering Dogwood (f. rubra, Cherokee Chief, Cherokee Princess), leaves smooth opposite with curved veins toward the tip. Bracts are flowery with dimple at the end. Native high energy food for migrating birds. Fall color can be a fantastic blend of purple, red, and orange. used in the southeastern U.S. where it is a fantastic tree
Oppositely arranged leaves have three to five pairs of veins that curve toward tip; Cornus florida usually has 6-7 pairs of veins
Plump floral buds similar to flowering dogwood
Very popular (especially further south) for its fantastic "flowers" (bracts around flowers),
red/purple fall color, peeling bark, and red drupes (syncarps) in the fall
Not fully cold-hardy here, but can survive in a protected microclimate
Foster's Hybrid Holly pointy narrow lanced glossy leaves. hedge. red berries good for birds. pollution tolerant. grows thin and upright. flowers good smell not big
Common Crape myrtle, big flowers linda's house. popular for trunk (like planetree) smooth leaves good 4 season.
ornamental shrub from eastern India commonly planted in the southern United States
Sweetbay Magnolia ('Moon Glow'), LEAVES: Simple, evergreen, evergreen to deciduous. Deciduous here in St L. - depends on genetics and winter temps. narrower and long. Entire. Solid glossy top, thick leaf. Underneath, extremely white and glaucous. Red fruit cone shaped. Has traits of Southern Magnolia. Glossy foliage and thicker leaf. Sort petiole. swamp and bottomlands
Flowering Crabapple ('Floribuunda', 'Prairiefire')
full sun lots of pests which can cause disfiguration. apple leaves
American Hophornbeam, Ironwood, Ironwood
Alternately arranged leaves are acuminate and doubly serrate. ashy gray with small shaggy scales that peel away in vertical strips;
Nuts enclosed in sac-like involucres; hops-like
Compare fruit to those of Carpinus for reliable ID
Vertically peeling bark has nice appearance
Leaves have yellow fall color
Shade-tolerant understory tree native to Iowa
Tolerates most conditions (but not flooding)
Japanese Flowering Cherry ('Kwanzan')
Finely serrated leaves
Drooping white, pink flowers, double layers of petals.
Horizontal pattern across bark.
Smaller tree with short lifespan.
Bigger trunk on bottom with smaller branches on top.
Bradford Pear (improved cultivars: 'Chanticleer', 'Aristocrat', 'Capital'), ARRANGEMENT: Alternate
LEAVES: Simple, broad-ovate to ovate but varies dep. on cultivar, rippled with serration, dark green, glossy, thick, clean until abscision. branches break, great street tree
FALL COLOUR: Late col. Orange, red, yellow, burgundy. Can get frozen before they col.