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 Allee elm Ulmus chinensis
'Emer II'
 adapted to poor, alkaline soils as well as urban heat and wind.  upright, arching form similar to that of American elm.
American sycamore  Platanus occidentalis Oklahoma native, fast growing with smooth white bark, tolerates wet and compacted conditions but is also drought tolerant, forms large surface roots.
 Autumn Blaze maple Acer x freemanii PP4864  bright red fall color, rapid growth, tolerant of clay soil and drought, strong branching structure, one of the better maple cultivars for our area.
 bald cypress
Taxodium distichum  “OK Proven Tree”, moderately fast growing, does well in any soil moisture, reddish and peeling bark, strong wooded, has wildlife value.
 black walnut  Juglans nigra durable wood, fruit can be a maintenance issue, grows best in open and sunny location, should be planted away from sidewalks, needs moist site, releases substance that could inhibit growth of some plants such as vegetables.
 bur oak  Quercus macrocarpa “OK Proven Tree”, native Edmond cross timbers species, large acorns, holds dead leaves on its branches during winter months, symmetrical shape, needs large amount of space.
 cedar elm  Ulmus crassifolia “OK Proven Tree”, no relation to “cedar” (eastern red cedar), one of the most disease resistant regionally native elm trees, drought tolerant, needs pruning to maintain structure.
 chinquapin oak  Quercus muehlenbergii native Edmond cross timbers species, beautiful fall color, drought tolerant, wildlife value, little pruning needed, rounded form.
 dawn redwood  Metasequoia glyptostroboides similar to bald cypress with a more pyramid-like form, large root flares, requires little or no pruning, may not do well on extremely alkaline sites, very slow growing.
 emperor oak Quercus dentata stately oak with large dark green leaves, bronze to burgundy fall color, moderate water use, slow growth rate.
 English oak  Quercus robur tolerates various soil conditions, very drought tolerant, open crown.
 Japanese zelkova  Zelkova serrata fall color interest, moderately fast growing, may be weak wooded and must be pruned for optimal branch structure, tolerant of a variety of soil conditions.
 Kentucky coffee tree  Gymnocladus dioicus “OK Proven Tree”, native Edmond cross timbers species, unique bark and form, adaptable to various soil conditions, strong branch structure, not susceptible to breakage. Thornless, fruitless varieties are available, such as 'Espresso'.
 London plane tree  Platanus hybrida looks similar to American sycamore but with smoother bark and two fruits per stalk (while sycamore has one), tolerant of poor soil.
 northern red oak  Quercus rubra fast growth rate, small acorns that are easily cleaned up, rounded crown, dark red fall foliage, may need pruning when young to produce favorable single stem structure.
 nuttall oak Quercus nuttallii Oklahoma native, suitable for poorly drained and wet sites, little pruning required, resistant to breakage.
 pecan  Carya illinoinensis roots and canopy need sufficient room to grow, produces edible nuts, drought tolerant, adapted to various soil conditions, needs pruning to eliminate excess weight in branches, may have surface roots.
 post oak  Quercus stellata native Edmond cross timbers species, curving branches/unusual form, extremely drought tolerant, very sensitive to construction disturbance such as compaction and severed roots and fill soil.
 Princeton elm Ulmus americana 'Princeton' "OK Proven Tree", American elm variety that is resistant to Dutch elm disease and elm leaf beetle, fast growing, requires regular pruning to guide structure.
 Redpointe maple Acer rubrum 'Frank Jr.' PP16769 broadly pyramidal form, bright red fall color, dominant central leader with strong branch angles, heat and pest and disease resistant.
 river birch  Betula nigra unique reddish brown peeling bark, needs moisture and is tolerant of standing water, does not grow well in extremely alkaline soil, very ornamental tree.
 sawtooth oak  Quercus acutissima broad, pyramid-like form, drought tolerant, grows best in soils that are not highly alkaline, excellent shade tree.
 ‘Shademaster’ thornless honeylocust  Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis ‘Shademaster’ thornless and fruitless, form similar to American elm, open canopy that allows for lawn growth underneath.
 Shumard oak  Quercus shumardii “OK Proven Tree”, open, round canopy at maturity, dark green leaves that turn deep red and orange in fall, excellent shade tree, tolerant of urban stresses and well adapted to clay soils.
 sweet gum  Liquidambar styraciflua corky bark, beautiful fall color, star-shaped leaves, wildlife value, surface roots can be a problem near sidewalks/paved surfaces, fruit may be a maintenance issue.
 tuliptree Liriodendron tulipifera narrow, oval crown, straight trunk with a single leader, golden fall color, tolerates various soil, moderate drought tolerance.
 ‘Valley Forge’ American elm  Ulmus americana
‘Valley Forge’
resistant to Dutch Elm Disease, has vase-like form, open canopy, classic street/shade tree.
 water oak  Quercus nigra drought tolerant, needs pruning to develop strong branch structure, rapid growth rate, shorter life span than the other oaks, best placed in a natural and open setting.
 willow oak  Quercus phellos graceful form in appearance, resistant to wind breakage, drought tolerant, also adapted to wet sites.


 deodar cedar Cedrus deodara  pendulous branches, needs well drained soil and protection from cold winds, ornamental.
 Cedar-of-Lebanon  Cedrus libani massive mature trunk, wide-sweeping branches, needs plenty of space, needs full sun, tolerant of a variety of soils, branches droop as tree grows.
 loblolly pine  Pinus taeda native to southeast Oklahoma, fast growing, tolerant of clay soils, drought tolerant, needs full sun.
 Oklahoma live oak  Quercus virginiana var. ‘fusiformis tolerant of drought and poor soils, best if planted where protected from freezing winds, unique and wide branching, needs open space.
 ponderosa pine  Pinus ponderosa orange-brown bark, dark green needles, needs good drainage and full sun.
 southern magnolia  Magnolia grandiflora large white blooms in spring, messy leaf litter, best if not planted in extremely alkaline soils.

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