Georgia’s Fast Growing Native Trees

  • Red Maple
    • This tree has great fall color along with clusters of red flower in February followed by winged fruit in March. This tree ranges between 40-60 feet tall with a spread between 25-40 feet. This tree is best used in the landscape as a shade tree. Plant this tree in moist soil that receives full sun.
  • River Birch
    • This tree has great exfoliating bark that is best used as a specimen or shade tree particularly in groupings. The tree ranges between 50-60 feet tall with a spread of 40-50 feet. This tree thrives in moist, well drained soils along river banks, streams, swamps & flood plain.
  • Bald Cypress
    • This tree is best planted as a specimen tree. It tolerates soils from sandy to clay, wet to dry. It has great fall foliage and needs a lot of room to grow. This tree reaches heights from 60-100 feet tall with a spread 40-50 feet wide. This tree develops vertical root extensions when growing in swamps, but not in upland sites.
  • Loblolly Pine
    • One of the most valuable pines of the southeast. This tree performs great planted in full sun on well-drained soil. It tolerates poor soil conditions and is used in the Georgia Piedmont for its timber. This tree is used as a specimen tree or screen tree. This tree allows filter sunlight to penetrate the branches so that you can plant underneath. This tree ranges between 90-100 feet tall along with a 20-40 foot spread.
  • White Ash
    • The fall color ranges from yellow to maroon. This tree is great planted as a specimen tree or street tree for large areas. This tree prefers moist, well-drained soil that receives full sun. This tree ranges from 75-100 feet tall with a spread of 60-80 feet.
  • Sycamore
    • Walking across the Ohio State campus you’ll find many large Sycamores. This tree is best known for its dark brown to grey bark. It is best used as a shade tree that prefers moist, fertile soil. This tree ranges between 80-100 feet tall with a spread of 40-50 feet 
    • Other notable mentions:
      • Japanese Zelkova
      • Lacebark Elm
      • Sawtooth Oak
      • Tulip Tree
      • Willow Oak
      • Green Ash
      • Thornless Honeylocust
      • Water Oak
      • Weeping Willow

 

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