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Landscape Trees By Common Name P-R

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Common Name Scientific Name Comments 
Pecan
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Carya illinoinensis
  • Size: medium to large sized tree (65' tall by 75' wide). Often a symmetrical, cascading vase shape
  • Flowers: not significant and messy
  • Fruits: edible pecan. Takes 8 to 12 years before they fruit
  • Fall color: fair. Sometimes a deep yellow
  • Culture: fairly adaptable
  • Insect/disease: fall webworm
  • Use: not typically used in highly maintained landscapes
Pin Oak
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Quercus palustris
  • Size: medium to large sized tree (65' tall by 45' wide)
  • Flowers/fruits: not significant. Small acorn
  • Fall color: excellent maroon fall color
  • Culture: fairly adaptable to most soils except high pH (Iron chlorosis)
  • Disease/insect: none significant
  • Use: street tree. Shade tree
  • Red oak group (lobes pointed)
  • Likely confused with Q. coccinea (Scarlet Oak) and Q. shumardii (Shumard Oak) in trade
Purpleleaf Plum
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Prunus cerasifera 'Atropurpurea'
  • Size: small sized tree (15' tall by 10' wide)
  • Flowers: very attractive. Light pink spring (March) flowers
  • Fruit: not significant
  • Fall color: none; deep purple foliage all season
  • Culture: full sun. Demands adequate moisture and good soil in Arkansas. Summer heat is rough on this plant. Best suited in Northwest Arkansas
  • Disease/insect: canker if stressed
  • Use: small specimen shrub/tree
  • Cultivar: 'Krauter Vesuvius'
Red Buckeye
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Aesculus pavia
  • Size: large shrub or small tree (12' tall by 12' wide)
  • Flowers & fruits: showy terminal red flowers in April. Buckeye fruit
  • Fall color: none
  • Culture: partial shade. Rich, moist soils
  • Use: understory plant, good for woodland gardens
  • Native to Arkansas woodlands
Red Maple
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Acer rubrum
  • Size: medium sized shade tree (60'); fast growing
  • Flowers & fruits: although small, add distinctive red color to landscape in early spring
  • Fall color: variable (reason for cultivars) but excellent; typically red
  • Culture: tolerant of soil type. Fast growing
  • Uses: street tree, lawn shade tree
  • Cultivars include: 'October Glory', 'Red Sunset', 'Autumn Flame'
  • Native from Florida to Canada in riverbottoms
Redleaf Japanese Maple
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Acer palmatum var. atropurpureum
  • Size: typically small tree (8' to 15')
  • Flowers & fruits: not significant
  • Fall color: depending on cultivar, can be colorful
  • Culture: avoid windy sites: requires moist soil especially in summer. Typically not well suited to full sun in Arkansas
  • Uses: specimen in landscapes
  • Cultivars: variety atropurpureum is a large group of red foliage forms. Cultivars include: 'Bloodgood', 'Trompenberg'
River Birch
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Betula nigra
  • Size: small sized tree (35' tall by 25' wide)
  • Flowers & fruit: not significant
  • Fall color: yellowish
  • Beautiful exfoliating bark
  • Culture: very adaptable
  • Disease/insect: none significant. Avoid alkaline soils (iron chlorosis)
  • Use: small landscape tree typically selected for attractive bark
  • Cultivars: Heritage™ (salmon white bark), Dura-Heat™
  • Misc: lowland species, native to Arkansas
Russian-olive *
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Elaeagunus angustifolia
  • Size: small sized tree (20' tall by 25' wide)
  • Flowers: small, yellow, fragrant, not showy
  • Fruit: not significant
  • Fall color: none; Distinctive silver foliage
  • Culture: very tough. Full sun
  • Disease/insect: Verticillium wilt, canker
  • Uses: avoid in landscapes, short-lived, weak wooded, very fast growing