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Suitability Planting

Utility Trees Suitable for Planting under Overhead Wires

Apples
Buckeye, Ohio
Crabapples
Lilac, Japanese/Ivory Silk
Maple, Amur
Serviceberry

Trees/Shrubs of Outstanding Fall Colour

SpecimensFall
Colour
Location
Preferred
Buckeye, OhioOD
Maple, AmurY R OD
Maple, Autumn Fantasy RedRD
Maple, RedY R OD W
Maple, SugarY R OD
Oak, RedRD
ServiceberryY R OD

Colours: Y – Yellow;  R – Red;  O – Orange;
Location: D – Dry;  W – Wet;

Trees Growing Well in Clay

Crabapples, Flowering 
Honeylocust
Maple, Red & varieties
Maple, Silver
Oak, English
Oak, Pyramidal English
Serviceberry
Walnut, Black
 

Evergreen Tree Descriptions

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Common Name (Latin name),   Hardiness Zone,   Mature height,   Spread

CEDAR, WHITE     Zone: 3-9 Height: 18m   Spread: 2m

Slow growing conifer with narrow crown, yellow green foliage, excellent for hedging.

 
FIR, BALSAM (Abies balsamea)    Zone: 3  Height: 20m   Spread: 8m

A slow growing deep green fir with a narrow-conical habit when young, opens with age. Has fragrant needles.

Found to be more shade tolerant than other firs.

 

HEMLOCK, EASTERN (Tsuga canadensis)   Zone: 4  Height: 20m   Spread: 8m

Native, pyramidal shape, soft textured foliage, likes sun or shade.

 

LARCH, AMERICAN (Larix laricina)   Zone: 1  Height: 26m    Spread: 10m

Deciduous conifer, pyramidal, with horizontal branches and drooping branchlets, slender form, fast growing when young. In fall, light green needles turn brilliant yellow before shedding. (aka Tamarack)

 

PINE, AUSTRIAN (Pinus nigra)    Zone: 4  Height: 18m   Spread: 15m

Dense, rounded spreading crown. Heavy needles with a strong fragrance. Darkest green of all pines.
Fast growing. Tolerates wind, heat, cold, dry soil and urban conditions. Adaptable to many soil types.

 

PINE, WHITE (Pinus strobus)    Zone: 3  Height: 23m   Spread: 10m

Fast growing soft needled pine, grows best in well drained soils. Largest northeastern conifer.

 

PINE, WHITE – Columnar (Pinus strobus ‘fastigiata’)    Zone: 3   Height: 13m   Spread: 3m

Starting as a narrow, columnar form when young, this beautiful cultivar develops into a narrow, oval habit with distinctily ascending branches. Needles are bluish-green. Effective in small groupings or as a specimen. Also can be planted as a screen.

 

Spruce
Spruce

SPRUCE, COLORADO BLUE (Picea pungens Glauca) Zone: 2  Height: 18m   Spread: 7m

Very hardy specimen evergreen with semi blue foliage.

 

SPRUCE, COLORADO, FASTIGIATA   Zone: 2  Height: 8m   Spread: 2m

Columnar Colorado Spruce with upright branching. New growth has blue colour.

 

SPRUCE, COLORADO GREEN (Picea pungens) Zone: 2  Height: 18m   Spread: 7m

Very hardy specimen evergreen with bright green foliage.

 

SPRUCE, FAT ALBERT (Picea Pungens, Fat Albert) Zone: 2  Height: 10m   Spread: 5m

Blue-needled tree with a broad, pyramidal shape. Its base is nearly as wide as it is tall. Fantastic, consistent blue colour.

Spruce Hoopsie
Spruce Hoopsie

 

SPRUCE, HOOPSII BLUE (Picea pungens)   Zone: 3  Height: 18m   Spread: 7m

Pyramidal form with spreading branches, foliage extremely blue-white. The finest forms of the blue spruce.

 

SPRUCE, NORWAY (Picea abies)   Zone: 2  Height: 25m   Spread: 7m

Pyramidal shape with pendulous branches with maturity. Dark green. Largest and fastest growing spruce.

 

SPRUCE, SERBIAN (Picea omorika)    Zone: 5  Height: 18m   Spread: 8m

Narrow trunk, short ascending branches with contrasting blue, green & white foliage. Purple cones.

 

SPRUCE, WHITE (Picea glauca)    Zone: 2  Height: 16m   Spread: 7m

Very hardy neat pyramidal native evergreen with bright green foliage.

 

SPRUCE, WHITE, Montspire (Picea glauca, Montspire)Zone: 1  Height: 14m   Spread: 6m

Narrow, compact evergreen with bright green foliage, developed in West Montrose ON

 

SPRUCE, WHITE “Blackhills” (Picea glauca, Densata)Zone: 2  Height: 20m   Spread: 8m

Dense symmetrical cone shape. Dark green foliage. Cold hardy and resistant to winter injury.

Deciduous Tree Descriptions

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BUCKEYE, OHIO (Aesculus glabra)    Zone: 3  Height: 10m   Spread: 7m

Hardy, small ornamental tree with yellow spring flowers, silky compound leaves turning brilliant orange in fall.

 

BUCKEYE, YELLOW (Aesculus octandra)    Zone: 3  Height: 18m   Spread: 10m

Hardy, small ornamental tree with yellow spring flowers. This tree has no leaf scorching in the summer.

 

CATALPA, NORTHERN (Catalpa speciosa)   Zone: 4  Height: 16m   Spread: 10m

Large, heart shaped green leaves, White fragrant flowers in July. This large native tree is heat and drought tolerant.

Fast growing.

 

CRABAPPLE, DOLGO (Malus)     Zone: 2  Height: 10m   Spread: 8m

White flowers, red edible fruit (jelly), green foliage. Upright, spreading, open form. . Extremely hardy and disease
resistant.

 

CRABAPPLE, MAKAMIK (Malus)    Zone: 2  Height: 5m   Spread: 5m

Beautiful large semi-double rose red flowers with bronze foliage and red fruit. Open spreading shape.

 

CRABAPPLE, PINKSPIRE (Malus)    Zone: 2  Height: 5m   Spread: 4m

Single pink flowers, narrow, upright form with copper colored fall foliage, 1/2″ reddish, purple fruit. Reddish-purple
foliage in spring turning green-bronze in summer.

 

CRABAPPLE, PROFUSION (Malus)    Zone: 4  Height: 5m   Spread: 5m

Purplish/red flowers, 1/2 maroon-red fruit, purple- bronze foliage, upright, rounded form. Fast growing.

 

CRABAPPLE, RED BARON (Malus)   Zone: 4  Height: 6m   Spread: 2.5m

Narrow, columnar shape which becomes more rounded in as it matures. Purple to bronze-red color

which turns to bronze- green in the fall. Flower and fruit are dark red.

 

CRABAPPLE, RINKI (Malus)     Zone: 3  Height: 8m   Spread: 3m

A narrow upright, very well branched crabapple with pink-tinged white blossoms. Very hardy and good disease
resistance. Excellent when space is limited.

 

CRABAPPLE, ROYALTY (Malus)     Zone: 4  Height: 5m   Spread: 5m

Upright, rounded form with purple, glossy leaves. Single purple flowers and dark 5/8” red-purple fruit. Orange fall color.

 

CRABAPPLE, THUNDERCHILD (Malus)    Zone: 2  Height: 5m   Spread: 5m

Compact, very hardy crabapple with single, pink flowers and purple foliage. Small, dark red fruit.

 

ELM, BRANDON(Ulmus Americana ‘Brandon’)  Zone: 2  Height: 15m   Spread: 12m

A compact elm with a graceful vase-shaped canopy. Drought resistant. Resistant to Dutch Elm disease.

 

ELM, DISCOVERY(Ulmus davidiana ‘Discovery’)  Zone: 3  Height: 10m   Spread: 10m

A hardy elm which displays an excellent round form. Dark green foliage that turns yellow in the fall. Disease resistant.

 

ELM, PRINCETON (Ulmus Americana ‘Princeton’) Zone: 4  Height: 20m   Spread: 12m

A fast growing elm with graceful, symmetrical branches. Leaves turn yellow in the fall, Highly resistant to Dutch
Elm disease.

 

GINKGO/MAIDENHAIR (Ginkgo biloba)    Zone: 4  Height: 16m   Spread: 10m

A broad, pyramidal shaped fossil tree with unusual fan shaped leaves. Excellent pest and disease resistance, beautiful yellow fall color. Well suited for urban conditions.

 

HACKBERRY, COMMON (Celtis occidentalis)   Zone: 2b Height: 15m   Spread: 10m

A round headed native tree with elm-like leaves. Foliage turns yellow in the fall. Tolerates extreme city conditions.

 

HAWTHORN, COCKSPUR (Celtis occidentalis)   Zone: 4  Height: 5m   Spread: 5m

Rounding and spreading with leathery deep green glossy foliage. Abundant white flowers in the summer and bright red fruit in the autumn. Free from rust and drought tolerant.

 

HONEYLOCUST, SKYLINE (Gleditsia triacanthos)   Zone: 4  Height: 16m   Spread: 10m

Straight trunk, upright spreading branches and good green foliage which turns yellow in the fall.

Fast growing. Seedless and thornless. Ideal street tree.

 

HONEYLOCUST, SUNBURST (Gleditsia triacanthos)  Zone: 4  Height: 12m Spread: 10m

Broad pyramidal head whose golden leaves on new growth eventually turn to bright green then back to yellow in the
fall. Seedless and thornless.

 

IRONWOOD (Ostrya virginiana)  (Hop Hornbeam) Zone: 4  Height: 12m   Spread: 8m

A medium sized ornamental tree, oval to rounded shape. Slow growing but once established, proves to be a favorite.
White catkins, green foliage turning yellowish in the fall.

 

LILAC, IVORY SILK TREE (Syringa reticulata)   Zone: 3  Height: 8m   Spread: 5m

A sturdy compact tree with deep green foliage and clusters of large creamy white flowers in late June.

 

LILAC, IVORY SILK MULTI-STEM

(Syringa reticulata)      Zone: 3  Height: 8m   Spread: 5m

Upright, oval habit with dark green foliage and clusters of large creamy white flowers in late June.

 

LINDEN, GLENLEVEN (Tilia cordata)    Zone: 3  Height: 15m   Spread: 10m

A fast growing pyramidal form with a straight trunk. Yellow fall color. Excellent street tree.

 

LINDEN, WARSAW (Tilia x Europaea)    Zone: 3  Height: 15m   Spread: 7m

Broadly pyramidal. Yellowish white flowers. Deep yellow leaves that turn orange yellow in the fall give this Linden an unusual appearance. Good accent tree.

MAPLE, AMUR (Acer ginnala)     Zone: 2  Height: 6m   Spread: 6m

Compact tree with a rounded shape that is excellent where height is limited. Medium green leaves turn scarlet red

to give a spectacular fall colour.

 

MAPLE, AUTUMN BLAZE (Acer freemanii)   Zone: 3  Height: 16m   Spread: 12m

Cross between Red and Silver Maple – drought tolerance of the Silver and beautiful fall color of the Red. Fast growing.

 

MAPLE, AUTUMN FANTASY (Acer freemanii)   Zone: 4  Height: 17m   Spread: 13m

Broadly oval crown. Waxy bright green leaves turn a vibrant red-orange in the fall. Fast growing.

 

MAPLE, NORWAY – COLUMNAR

(Acer platanoides ‘Columnare’)     Zone: 4  Height: 12m   Spread: 4m

An excellent narrow street tree. This cultivar produces a column of dark green foliage on almost vertical branches.

Dark green foliage that turns yellow in the fall.

 

MAPLE, NORWAY – CRIMSON SUNSET


(Acer platanoides x truncatum ‘JFS-KW202’)  Zone: 4   Height: 11m   Spread: 8m


This hybrid has good heat tolerance. It is comparable to a Crimson King but is more upright and compact. Deep purple leaves that turn maroon to reddish bronze in the fall.

 

MAPLE, NORWAY – DEBORAH (Acer platanoides)  Zone: 5  Height: 14m   Spread: 12m

Broadly oval to round, new foliage is brilliant reddish-purple turning to a vivid dark bronze- green

in the summer. Bronze-gold fall color. Fast growing.

 

MAPLE, NORWAY – EMERALD LUSTRE

(Acer platanoides)     Zone: 3  Height: 22m   Spread: 20m

Broad oval form. Glossy, deep green leaves. Yellow fall colour. Fast growing.

 

MAPLE, NORWAY – HARLEQUIN (Acer platanoides) Zone: 4  Height: 11m   Spread: 8m

A beautiful variegated maple. Has light green with white margin leaves that turn yellow in the fall.

Broadly oval shape.

 

MAPLE, NORWAY – ROYAL RED (Acer platanoides)  Zone: 4  Height: 12m   Spread: 8m

Broadly oval shape with dense branching and a straight trunk. Glossy maroon foliage turning reddish bronze in the fall.

 

MAPLE, RED (NATIVE) (Acer rubrum)    Zone: 4  Height: 15m   Spread: 13m

Broadly oval to rounded form, dense green foliage turns yellowish-orange to bright red in fall. Adaptive to a wide

range of soil conditions.

 

MAPLE, RED – REDPOINTE     Zone: 4    Height: 14m    Spread: 9m
(Acer rubrum ‘Frank Jr’)


Fast growing tree that is easily maintained. Brilliant fall color that appears early and is reliably bright red.

MAPLE, RED – Red Rocket     Zone: 3    Height: 12m    Spread: 3m
(Acer rubrum ‘Red Rocket’)


Excellent tree for smaller lots due to its compact height and width. Green foliage that turns an intense red in the fall.

 

MAPLE, SUGAR – COLUMNAR/PYRAMIDAL

(Acer saccharum)      Zone: 4  Height: 20m   Spread: 4m

A narrow, very upright Sugar Maple with a fall colour of yellow to orange-red.

 

MAPLE, SUGAR – GREEN MOUNTAIN

(Acer saccharum)      Zone: 4  Height: 17m   Spread: 12m

Excellent selection with outstanding fall color – reddish-orange to red and broad oval shape. Hardiest of all sugar

maples. A Uniform vigorous grower.

 

MAPLE, SUGAR – MAJESTY (Flaxmill)

(Acer saccharum)      Zone: 4  Height: 16m   Spread: 13m

Large, dark green leaves with outstanding orange-red fall colour, symmetrical oval shaped head. Resistant to

frost cracking and sun scald.

 

MAPLE, SUGAR – NATIVE (Acer saccharum)   Zone: 4  Height: 17m   Spread: 15m

Canada’s native tree known for its brilliant fall color from yellow to bright red. Long lived shade tree.

  

OAK, BURR    Zone: 2b   Height: 18m   Spread: 13m

This native oak adapts well to a wide variety of growing conditions. Excellent choice for city parks. Its shape is broadly oval and open with corky bark on its twigs. Yellow to brown fall colour.

 

OAK, ENGLISH (Quercus robur)   Zone: 4   Height: 18m   Spread: 13m

Broad, rounded crown. Majestic tree which transplants easily.

 

OAK, ENGLISH (Pyramidal) (Quercus robur Fastigiata)  Zone: 4b   Height: 15m   Spread: 5m

Dark green foliage that turns brown and holds leaves well into winter. Excellent where space is limited.

 

OAK, ENGLISH – CRIMSON SPIRE (Pyramidal)   Zone: 4   Height: 15m   Spread: 5m

(Quercus robur x alba ‘Crimson Spire’)
A columnar tree with dark blue-green foliage turning a brilliant red in fall. A good choice for small areas where height is required.

 

Oak, ENGLISH – Regal Prince (Pyramidal)   Zone: 4    Height: 13m    Spread: 5m


(Quercus robur Fastigiate x bicolor)
A columnar oak tree which has glossy bright green leaves on the top and a soft light green on the underside. For a short period of time, in late summer, the long acorns are ornamental by turning lime green. Has a yellow fall color.

 

OAK, RED (Quercus rubra)     Zone: 3  Height: 27m   Spread: 16m

A strong tree, good green foliage, with beautiful scarlet colours in the fall. Fast growing, native.

PEAR, FLEMISH (Pyrus)     Zone: 4  Height: 7m   Spread: 3m

Very hardy tree, extremely productive. Fruit is large, flesh juicy and tender with good flavor. Pink/white flowers.


SERVICEBERRY, BALLERINA

(Amelanchier canadensis)    Zone: 4  Height: 6m   Spread: 3m

A very nice selection with white flowers and a more upright growth habit. Orange and Red fall color.

 

Downey Serviceberry Tree
Downey Serviceberry

SERVICEBERRY, DOWNEY (Amelanchier canadensis)  Zone: 4  Height: 6m   Spread: 3m

Early white flowering small native tree or shrub, small edible red fruit, green foliage, orange/red fall color.

 

WILLOW, GOLDEN WEEPING (Salix alba tristis)   Zone: 4  Height: 17m   Spread: 20m

Very fast growing, ideal in wet locations, light green weeping foliage, yellow fall colour and winter twigs.

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