Native Trees

Choose Native Trees

Landscaping with native trees in an urban setting helps restore regional character and places fewer demands on resources. Natives are adapted to regional conditions, may require less maintenance, and are cost-effective. They’re hardier, withstand extreme winter cold, and do not suffer from die back.

This list, compiled by Tennessee Invasive Plant Council, lists common and scientific names and whether trees require Full sun, Partial shade, or Shade.

SMALL TREES F P S
Serviceberry

Amelanchier arborea, A. laevis

Hercules club

Aralia spinosa

 
Pawpaw

Asimina triloba

 

Ironwood

Carpinus caroliniana

 

Redbud

Cercis canadensis

 
Fringe tree

Chionanthus virginicus

 

Alternate leaf dogwood

Cornus alternifolia

 

Roughleaf dogwood

Cornus drummondii

 
Flowering dogwood

Cornus florida

Hawthorn

Crataegus spp.

 
Wahoo

Euonymus atropurpureus

 
Witch-hazel

Hamamelis virginiana

 

American holly

Ilex opaca

 

American, Chicksaw plum

Prunus americana, P. angustifolia

 
Hoptree

Ptelea trifoliata

Carolina buckthorn

Rhamnus caroliniana

 

Winged, Smooth, Staghorn sumac

Rhus copallinum, R. glabra, R. typhina

 
Blackhaw, Rusty blackhaw

Viburnum prunifolium, V. rufidulum

   
LARGER TREES
Red maple

Acer rubrum

 
Sugar maple

Acer saccharum

 

Yellow, Ohio buckeye

Aesculus flava, A. glabra

 

River birch

Betula nigra

 
Pignut, Shagbark, Mockernut hickory

Carya glabra, C. ovata, C. tomentosa

 
Yellow wood

Cladrastis kentukea

Persimmon

Diospyros virginiana

 
American beech

Fagus grandifolia

 

White, Green ash

Fraxinus americana, F. pennsylvanica

Blue ash

Fraxinus quadrangulata

Kentucky coffeetree

Gymnocladus dioicus

Black walnut

Juglans nigra

 
Red cedar

Juniperus virginiana

 
Sweetgum

Liquidambar styraciflua

 
Tulip poplar

Liriodendron tulipifera

 
Cucumbertree

Magnolia acuminata

 
Red mulberrry

Morus rubra

 
Blackgum

Nyssa sylvatica

Hophornbeam

Ostrya virginiana

 

Sourwood

Oxydendrum arboreum

 
Shortleaf, Virginia pine

Pinus echinata, P. virginiana

 
Sycamore

Platanus occidentalis

 
Eastern cottonwood

Populus deltoides

 
Black cherry

Prunus serotina

 
White, Scarlet oak

Quercus alba, Q. coccinea

 
Southern red, Post, Black oak

Quercus falcata, Q. stellata, Q. velutina

   
Swamp white, Shingle oak

Quercus bicolor, Q. imbricaria

 
Overcup, Water, Pin oak

Quercus lyrata, Q. nigra, Q. palustris

   
Bur oak

Quercus macrocarpa

   
Chestnut, Chinkapin oak

Quercus montana, Q. muhlenbergii

 
Willow, Northern Red, Shumard oak

Quercus phellos, Q. rubra, Q. shumardii

 
Carolina, Black willow

Salix caroliniana, S. nigra

 
Sassafras

Sassafras albidum

 
American basswood

Tilia americana

 

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