Learn about your Tree

Updated: May 17

If you participated in Plant a Tree for Tennessee in April 2022 or Plant a BIGGER Tree for Tennessee this summer, here is more information about your tree. Scroll down for our "Twig Identification Guide":


Crapemyrtle trees are known as the "lilac of the south" and are prized for their colorful, long-lasting summertime flowers. For best blooms, they require full sun, at least 6 hours per day. Plant in a well draining area to prevent root-rot. Keep trees well watered and water at the root vs watering the foliage. Avoid rich soil or fertilization which may cause more leaves than flowers. At maturity Crapemyrtles reach about 10-30 feet. They typically develop multiple trunks that show off their smooth, exfoliating bark.

Dogwood, Roughleaf Flowering

White Dogwood Trees are a favorite of many as they are breathtaking during all four seasons. In the fall, foliage turns a vibrant red-purple, while the winter brings charcoal bark and a stunning array of red fruits, attracting the attention of winter songbirds. In spring, White Dogwoods produce lively white flower clusters that continue into the summer, as glossy green leaves become revealed. All parts of the tree are used as food by many wildlife species. White Dogwoods grow at a fairly rapid pace and reach 15-25 feet with a 25 foot spread at maturation. They prefer about 4 hours of full sun or partial shade for optimum growth.

Eastern Redbud

Eastern Redbud trees are deciduous trees that produce delicate pink flowers. They bloom in early spring (March/April) and they are one of our most popular trees. Its blossoms are edible and are technically in the legume family. The trees are just as lovely at other times of the year, in which they change from reddish-purple to dark green to yellow. Eastern Redbuds grow at a medium rate, reaching a height of 20-30 feet with a 25-35 ft spread at maturity. They prefer full sun for 6-8 hours a day for optimum growth.


Beautiful white flowers, which make their appearance in June and July, make this an ornamental favorite and also a favorite for pollinators. The berry clusters come in August and September. The berries are rich in antioxidants, Vitamin C, and fiber and are often used as an herbal remedy. Planting two is recommended for cross pollination. The trees grow in "canes" (multiple woody stems) rather than one single trunk, and reach 15 to 30 hight at maturity. They grow quickly in full to partial sunlight and most soils.

Note: Some of the Elderberry trees we received for our 4/23 event had some mold on them. Do not worry, your tree should be OK if you get it planted in the sun as soon as possible.

False Indigo

False Indigo is a flowering shrub with importance to pollinators including bees and butterflies. With purple flowers in the spring this decidous bush produces a kidney shaped pods. This plant does well in a variethy of conditions. It raches a height of 6-10 feet and it grows in clusters through suckers and reseeding.

Fragrant Sumac

The Fragrant Sumac is a deciduous shrub, with velvety branches, and a trifolate leave structure. It produces yellow flowers and dark red berries, andreaches a height of 6-8 feet tall and 4-6 feet wide. Fragrant Sumacs grows in clusters connected by rhizomes. They are ideal for ground cover and to stabilizing banks. They grow in a wide variety of conditions including dry rocky areas.

Shumard Oak

The Shumard Oak is a stately tree with beautiful fall color and great for urban areas. The tree has beautiful fall color and produces acorns. This tall tree grows quickly reaching 40-60 feet at maturity. It is drought tolerant, prefers full sun conditions and well-drained soil.

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