Learn about your tree!

Updated: Jun 17

We offered over 15 different tree species as part of Plant a Tree for Tennessee on April 24. Now that you have planted your trees, you may have questions about what to expect as your trees mature and how best to care for them. (If you didn't plant trees with us and want to plant trees in the future - click here.) We will be adding to this post in the coming weeks, so please check back.

(Image courtesy: Tennessee Environmental Council)


American/Eastern Redbud

  • Cercis canadensis

  • Grows to 20-30’ tall

  • Prefers well-draining soils and direct sunlight for at least 4 hours/day, but can thrive in other soils as well

  • Known for its pink flowers that bloom in April and its elegant, umbrella-like crown

  • Wildlife value:

  • Blossoms attract pollinators like butterflies

  • Songbirds feed on its seeds

  • Other birds and animals use it for nesting and shelter

  • Did you know?

  • It’s the state tree of Oklahoma

  • Its blossoms are edible and are technically in the legume family

  • This is one of the trees we will be planting in highway interchanges


(Image courtesy: Tennessee Environmental Council)


Bald Cypress

  • Taxodium distichum

  • Bald cypresses are most known for their ability to grow in swampy conditions. Their knobby roots, or “knees,” emerge when the roots are submerged in water.

  • Their leaves spread and grow to create a canopy that blocks sunlight from reaching the understory

  • Wildlife value:

  • In swampy environments, bald cypresses play an important role in the ecosystem.

  • Amphibians, such as frogs and salamanders, use the trees as a breeding ground.

  • Raptors and bald eagles nest in the trees’ canopies.

  • Did you know?

  • Bald cypresses are the state tree of Louisiana

  • John Muir, the co-founder of the Sierra Club, wrote about bald cypress trees in the book Thousand-Mile Walk

  • In conducive conditions, bald cypress trees can live for over 600 years


(Image courtesy: Tennessee Environmental Council)

Button Bush

  • Cephalanthus occidentalis

  • Typically grows to be 6-8’ tall