Large trees – Over 30’ Tall Recommended for Coastal Southeast Landscapes



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North Carolina Cooperative Extension

NC STATE UNIVERSITY

LARGE TREES – Over 30’ Tall

Recommended for Coastal Southeast Landscapes




Underlined plants are extremely drought-tolerant once established *Indicates a plant native to SE USA
DECIDUOUS TREES




Common

Name

Botanical

Name

Water Use Zone

Recommended Varieties

Ornamental Features

Height x

Spread (ft)

Growth Rate

Soil

Exposure

Red Maple*

Acer rubrum

1,2

‘October Glory’

‘Red Sunset’

‘Brandywine’

‘Sun Valley’



O to R Fall Color

40-50 x 25-35

Medium

Moist to Well Drained

Sun to Light Shade

River Birch*

Betula nigra

1,2,3

‘Heritage’

‘Dura-heat’



White Bark

40-70 x 40-60

Fast

Moist to Well Drained

Sun
Sugarberry*

Celtis laevigata

1,2,3

 

Smooth Gray Bark

60-80 x 50-70

Medium to Fast

Moist to Well Drained

Sun

American Beech*

Fagus grandifolia

1,2,3

 

Smooth Gray Bark, Tan Leaves in Winter

50-70 x 40-60

Slow

Well Drained

Sun

Ginkgo, Maidenhair Tree

Ginkgo biloba

1,2,3

‘Autumn Gold’

‘Princeton

Sentry’


Y Fall Color

50-70 x 30-40

Slow

Well Drained

Sun

Japanese Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia fauriei

1,2,3

‘Fantasy’

‘Townhouse’



Dramatic Cinnamon Bark, Small W Flowers in Summer

30-40 x 25-35

Medium

Well Drained

Sun

Dawn Redwood

Metasequoia glyptostroboides

1,2

 

Ferny Foliage, Rusty Fall Color

60-100 x 20-25

Fast

Moist to Well Drained

Sun

Black Gum*

Nyssa sylvatica


1,2,3

 

R Fall Color

30-50 x 20-30

Slow to Medium

Moist to Well Drained

Sun

Overcup Oak

Quercus lyrata

1,2,3




Withstands flooding

40-60 x

30-50


Medium

Moist to Well Drained

Sun

Water Oak*

Quercus nigra

1,2,3

 

Very Tough

50-80 x 30-60

Medium to Fast

Moist to Well Drained

Sun
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