Medium-to-large tree of rounded shape. Attractive foliage is sometimes affected by disease; fall color is variable, from yellow to orange mixed with red. The selection 'Autumn Splendor' offers major advantages by comparison: consistency of fall color, disease resistance, and smaller stature.
This handsome, wide-spreading Chinese tree reaches 30-45 ft. in height. It has a layered, horizontal branch habit, and showy 5-7 in. clusters of small white flowers that precede purple-black fruits in the fall. Taller and more tree-like than its American cousin, Cornus alternifolia.
Among the tallest of our native American hardwoods, it shares much in common with Magnolia acuminata. Intriguing cup-shaped flowers of orange, yellow, and green in early summer. Grows fast if planted in deep, moist soil, but it will languish if planted in a dry or compacted area.
Quercus macrocarpa (North Dakota source) (Bur Oak (North Dakota))
Native across a broad range in the eastern US, it is consequently variable in leaf form, size and growth rate. Our seedlings are of Missouri source. This patriarch forest tree is best for parks and large, open landscapes.