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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Ten Tall-Growing Trees

Ten of America's tallest native trees


All of these are deciduous trees, native to the U.S. that grow up to 100 feet in height. I've linked the Latin name of each to its page in the US Forestry Service silvics manual.

  1. American Beech -- Fagus grandifolia
  2. American Elm -- Ulmus americana
  3. American Sweetgum -- Liquidambar styraciflua
  4. Bur Oak -- Quercus macrocarpa
  5. Cottonwood (Eastern Poplar) -- Populus deltoides
  6. Eastern Black Walnut -- Juglans nigra
  7. Northern Red Oak -- Quercus rubra
  8. Shagbark Hickory -- Carya ovata
  9. Sugar Maple -- Acer saccharum
  10. Sycamore (American Planetree) -- Platanus occidentalis

Related posts:
Five Tall, Narrow Trees
Narrow Trees for Small Spaces
Five Tall, Narrow, Deciduous Trees

5 comments -- please add yours:

Anonymous said...

You forgot the redwoods!

Genevieve said...

I tend to think more about trees that grow in my part of the country... but yes, redwoods are tall-growing, and there are many others as well...

sean said...

you forgot Tulip Poplar, Eastern Hemlock, Eastern White Pine, and American Chestnut

Genevieve said...

Hi, Sean. The post title is "TEN tall-growing trees" -- not "Every tall-growing tree in North America."

If I had forgotten four trees, there would be only six in the list.

liwei1015 said...

how about black cottonwood of the westcoast and tulip poplar (tulip tree)?

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Print references I frequently consult

Benvie, Sam. Encyclopedia of North American Trees. Buffalo, NY: Firefly, 2000.

Brockman, C. Frank. Trees of North America: A Guide to Field Identification. Ed. Herbert S. Zim. New York: Golden, 1986.

Cliburn, Jerry, and Ginny Clomps. A Key to Missouri Trees in Winter: An Identification Guide. Conservation Commission of the State of Missouri, 1980.

Collingwood, G. H., Warren David Brush, and Devereux Butcher. Knowing Your Trees. Washington: American Forestry Association, 1978.

Dirr, Michael. Dirr's Hardy Trees and Shrubs: an Illustrated Encyclopedia. Portland, Or.: Timber, 1997.

Elias, Thomas S. The Complete Trees of North America; Field Guide and Natural History. New York: Book Division, Times Mirror Magazines, 1980.

Grimm, William Carey. The Book of Trees;. Harrisburg, PA: Stackpole, 1962.

Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America: a Planting Design Manual for Environmental Designers. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1988.

Little, Elbert L. National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Trees. New York: Chanticleer, 1996.

Martin, Alexander C., Herbert S. Zim, and Arnold L. Nelson. American Wildlife and Plants. New York: McGraw Hill, 1951.

Mitchell, Alan F., and David More. The Trees of North America. New York, NY: Facts On File Publications, 1987.

Randall, Charles E. Enjoying Our Trees. Washington: American Forestry Association, 1969.

Settergren, Carl D., and R. E. McDermott. Trees of Missouri. Columbia: University Extension, 1995.

Sternberg, Guy, and James W. Wilson. Native Trees for North American Landscapes: from the Atlantic to the Rockies. Portland: Timber, 2004.

Wharton, Mary E., and Roger W. Barbour. Trees and Shrubs of Kentucky. Lexington: University of Kentucky, 1973.

Wyman, Donald. Trees for American Gardens. New York: Macmillan, 1965.

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