Medium Species


Common Name
Scientific Name
 black gum
 Nyssa sylvatica
wildlife value, deep red to purple fall foliage, may need irrigation, best if not planted in extremely alkaline soil
 blackjack oak
 Quercus marilandica
native Edmond cross timbers species, very compact and narrow crown, twisted limbs, block-like bark.
 Caddo sugar maple
 Acer saccharum ‘Caddo’
more drought tolerant than other maples, golden yellow to salmon fall color, grows well in alkaline soil but needs good drainage.
 Chinese pistache
 Pistacia chinensis
“OK Proven Tree”, resistant to breakage, beautiful fall color, interesting fruit, drought tolerant.
 Bumelia lanuginosa
native Edmond cross timbers species, interesting tree, shiny leathery green leaves with fuzzy underside, thorns, wildlife value.
 common hackberry
 Celtis occidentalis
native Edmond cross timbers species, highly valued for wildlife, interesting knobby bark, best in a natural or open area, not recommended as a street tree or for planting near structures, easily develops decay so injury should be avoided.
 common persimmon
 Diospyros virginiana
native Edmond cross timbers species, interesting irregularly shaped tree, red fall color, fruit may be a maintenance issue if planted over a paved surface, fruit edible for humans, tolerant of drought and alkaline soils
 Crimson Spire oak
Quercus robur x Q. alba 'Crimschmidt'
tightly fastigiate, great tree for narrow spaces while still reaching 45' tall, red fall color, fast growing, adaptable to our climate and soils, great tree for use as a screen.
 downy serviceberry
 Amelanchier arborea
dense multi-stemmed natural form, high wildlife value, beautiful fall color, slow growing, best if not grown on extremely alkaline soil, needs irrigation during times of drought.
 Emerald Sunshine elm
Ulmus propinqua 'JFS-Bieberich'
developed by Steve Bieberich in Clinton, OK, described as a "sturdy, upright growing elm selected for superior performance on the hot, windswept plains of western OK." tolerant of Dutch elm disease and drought and heat, yellow fall color.
 Frontier elm
Ulmus 'Frontier'
vase shaped crown, red fall color, exfoliating bark, fast growth rate, Dutch elm disease resistant.
 globe willow
Salix matsudana
requires supplemental water in drought, spreading round form, needs space to grow - not the best suited tree near roadways.
 goldenrain tree
 Koelreuteria paniculata
open and irregularly shaped canopy, interesting panicles of papery fruit, adapted to variety of soils, drought tolerant, branches may break in strong wind.
 Japanese pagoda tree
Sophora japonica
distinctive long yellowish fruit pods, creamy white flowers, tolerates heat and drought and other urban conditions, prefers open sunny location, young branches are green and turn gray as they get older.
lacebark (Chinese) elm
 Ulmus parvifolia
showy “lace-like” bark, needs pruning for strong branch structure, drought tolerant.
 overcup oak
Quercus lyrata
 tolerates poorly drained sites, pest and disease resistant, moderate drought tolerance, attractive reddish brown bark, wildlife value, rounded open crown.
 pond cypress
Taxodium ascendens
similar to baldcypress only smaller with a narrow crown and more open habit, awl shaped leaves, copper fall color, tolerates wet conditions.
purple leaf catalpa
Catalpa erubescens 'Purpurea'
new growth is purple-black in color fading to dark green with a purple hue later in summer, white flowers in late summer, fast growing.
 Shantung maple
Acer truncatum
leaf resembling smaller version of a sweet gum leaf, "OK Proven Tree", brilliant fall color display, tolerant to heat and drought and alkaline soil.
 western soapberry
 Sapindus drummondii
native Edmond cross timbers species, not uniformly shaped crown, deep yellow fall color, unique translucent fruits that were once used by Native Americans to make soap, fruits are mildly toxic if ingested, best planted away from paved surfaces to avoid slipping on fruits, strong wood
 ‘Whiteshield’ osage orange
 Maclura pomifera ‘Whiteshield
very durable orange wood, wide spreading tree, good for a windbreak, thornless and fruitless variety, wildlife value, can lift sidewalks so best when planted away from paved surfaces.


Common Name
Scientific Name
 Arizona cypress
 Cupressus arizonica
“OK Proven Tree”, gray-blue foliage, drought tolerant, needs well-drained soil.
 Bosnian pine
 Pinus leucodermis
“OK Proven Tree”, disease resistant, tolerant of dry and alkaline soils, does not require much space.
 Canaerti juniper
 Juniperus virginiana ‘canaerti’
windbreak, dark green foliage, variety of eastern redcedar with more compact, attractive form.
 DD Blanchard magnolia
Magnolia grandiflora 'DD Blanchard'
 a variety of southern magnolia, has large glossy dark green leaves with attractive rusty brown undersides, requires supplemental water, susceptible to drought stress.
 incense cedar
 Calocedrus decurrens
tolerant of drought and poor soils, reddish bark, scale-like leaf shape, requires very little pruning.
 leyland cypress
 x Cupressocyparis leylandii
tolerant to a variety of sites and conditions, excellent windbreak, stately mature form.
 ‘Little Gem’ southern magnolia
 Magnolia grandiflora ‘Little Gem’
much smaller growing variety of southern magnolia, begins blooming when young, blooms throughout the growing season.
 ‘Nellie R. Stevens’ holly
 Ilex x ‘Nellie R. Stevens’
fairly adaptable and drought tolerant, good for screen, needs little pruning if at all.