Species List

Town of Amherst Tree Planting List
Large Shade Trees: Height greater than 50' at maturity
Tree Species Shape Characteristics Environmental Tolerance Environmental Sensitivities Special Needs
Acer griseum Paperbark Maple Ovate Exfoliating reddish-brown bark, samara fruit Acidic soil, well-drained soil, full sun/partial shade Drought, compaction, salt,  Medium Area
Acer rubrum Red Maple Conical, Ovate Red or orange flowers, samara fruit Moist soil, acidic soil, fun sun Heat, pollution Large Area
Acer saccharum Sugar Maple Ovate, Round Orange, yellow, or red foliage, dense foliage, samara fruit Shade Soil compaction, heat, pollution, salt Large Area
Carpinus caroliniana American Hornbeam Ovate Green to bluish green leaves Well suited for small spaces, can withstand temporary flooding Drought, soil compaction  
Cladrastis kentukea Yellowwood Round, Ovate Golden yellow fall color, 3" brown pod fruit Sledom has disease, very attractive fall color Drought, soil compaction  
Fagus sylvatica European Beech Conical Red bronze fall color, light gray smooth bark Acidic soil, full sun Saturted soil, shade Large Area
Ginkgo biloba Ginkgo Conical, Ovate Fan-shaped leaf, yellow fall color Range of soild, well-drained soil, drought, salt Shade Large Area
Gleditsia triacanthos Honeylocust Round Yellow fall color, dappled shade, pod fruit Full sun, range of soils, salt, heat, drought, compaction Shade Medium/large area
Larix spp. Larch Conical Yellow fall color Acidic soil, wet soil, full sun Shade Large Area
Liquidambar styraciflua  Sweetgum Round Star-shaped leaf, round fruit, variable fall color Full sun, acidic soil High pH Large Area
Liriodendron tulipifera Tuliptree Conical, Ovate Tulip shaped orange flowers Full sun, well-drained, acidic soil Drought, shade, compaction Large Area
Metasequoia glyptostroboides Dawn Redwood Conical Fine needle-like leaves, orange-brown fall color, small cone fruit Full sun, acidic soil High pH  
Nyssa sylvatica Blackgum Conical, Round Glossy green leaf, yellow-red fall color, small blue fruit Full sun, wet to well-drained soil, salt, pollution Shade Medium Area
Ostrya virginiana American Hophornbeam Conical, Round Hop-like bunches of fruit, Yellow fall color Shade, small planting area Compaction, salt  
Quercus alba White Oak Round Red fall color, acorn fruit Full sun/part-shade, acidic soil, drought High pH Large Area
Quercus bicolor Swamp White Oak Round Acorn fruit Wet soil, salt, drought, compaction High pH Large Area
Quercus coccinea Scarlet Oak Round Red fall color, acorn fruit Full sun, range of soils, well-drained acidic soil High pH Large Area
Quercus palustris Pin Oak Conical Bronze/red fall color, acorn fruit Full sun, acidic soil Shade Large Area
Quercus rubra Red Oak Round red to golden-brown fall color, acron fruit Full sun, well-drained soil, variable pH, drought Salt, compaction, pollutants Large Area
Tilia cordata Littleaf Linden Conical, Round Yellow fall color, fragrant flower Full sun/partial shade, variable pH, heat, compaction Salt, drought, shade Medium/large area

Town of Amherst Tree Planting List
Ornamental Trees: Height less than 35' at maturity
Tree Species Shape Characteristics Environmental Tolerance Environmental Sensitivities Special Needs
Amelanchier canadensis Serviceberry Ovate Red/purple in summer time Full sun, partial shade Drought, salt, compaction, air pollutants Medium Area
Chionanthus virginicus Fringetree Round White flowers, yellow fall color Acidic soils, full sun Salt  
Cornus spp. Dogwood Round White or pink flowers, red fall color, ornamental bark Full sun to partial shade, moist, acidic, well-drained soil Salt  
Maacki amurense Amur maackia Round Flat pod fruit, exfoliating bark, no fall color, white pea-like flowers Full sun, Well-drained soil, slightly acidic soil, drought Soil compaction, wet soil.  
Malus spp. Crabapple Round White, pink, or red flower ornamental fruit Full sun, range of soils, acidic soil Shade  
Prunus spp. Cherry Round Pink flower,red/gold fall color, small, dark cherry fruit Full sun, acidic soil Shade  
Syringa reticulata Japanese tree lilac Round White flower clusters Full sun, Well-drained soil, slightly acidic soil, drought Shade  

Town of Amherst Tree Planting List
Evergreen Trees: Height between 30-60' at maturity
Tree Species Shape Characteristics Environmental Tolerance Environmental Sensitivities Special Needs
Abies concolor White fir Conical Needle leaves, blue-green needle color, large cone fruit Full to partial sun, well-drained, sandy soil, heat, drought Salt Large Area
Picea pungens Colorado spruce Conical Large cones, blue summer color Full to partial sun High pH, salt, shade Large Area
Pinus strobus Eastern White Pine Conical, Round Needle leaves, dark green foliage, large cone fruit Full sun Salt, drought Large Area