Gerald L. Klingaman
(Freeman's Maple, Silver Red Maple)
Freeman's maple is a large to medium-sized deciduous tree resulting from the cross between two North American natives, Acer rubrum (red maple) and Acer saccharinum (silver maple). This vigorous hybrid boasts many cultivars, the best of which combine the toughness of silver maple with the brilliant fall color of red maple. One such selection is 'Autumn Fantasy', which has an oval crown, grows quickly and has exceptional vivid crimson fall color. Many cultivars also have conspicuous...
(Autumn Fantasy™ Maple, Freeman's Maple)
Freeman's maple is a large to medium-sized deciduous tree, a cross between two North American natives, Acer rubrum (red maple) and Acer saccharinum (silver maple). Autumn Fantasy™ is a vigorous hybrid, fast growing with an oval crown. The leaves have deep lobes and turn vivid crimson fall color. Conspicuous clusters of small red flowers in late winter and early spring are followed by winged yellow-brown fruits in summer.
Freeman’s maples prefer full-sun and well-drained, moist...
Freeman's maple is a large to medium-sized deciduous tree, a cross between two North American natives, Acer rubrum (red maple) and Acer saccharinum (silver maple). Scarlet Sentinel™ is a vigorous, fast-growing hybrid with a broad columnar to oval crown with upright branches. The large, five-lobed leaves vary are dark green in summer and dull yellow to bright red in fall. This fast-growing male cultivar has bright red flowers in late winter or early spring, but no fruit.
Forest & Kim Starr
The bombax family comprises some 30 genera and 250 species of tropical and subtropical trees, many native to arid or semi-arid regions. Closely allied to the Malvaceae (mallow family), members of the Bombacaceae are distinguished primarily by their imposing stature, their bundled (or "fascicled") stamens, and their smooth (rather than spiny) pollen. Many have swollen, bulbous, light-wooded trunks rich in water-storing tissue. These make striking but ultimately massive ornamental trees for tropical...
(Baobab, Dead Rat Tree)
With a flared, muscular trunk and architectural, stubby branches, the baobab is a tree to admire in spacious landscapes. A slow-growing, deciduous tropical tree native to southern Sub-Saharan Africa, this succulent tree is characterized by a swollen trunk that often becomes hollow in order to store rainfall for sustenance. Interestingly, the wood of baobab is relatively soft and spongy and does not produce age rings, even though considered one of the longest-lived tree species on earth.
Yellow buckeye boasts pretty yellow and pink flowers, attractive fruit and nuts, and glossy, hand-like foliage that turns yellow and orange in fall. This tall deciduous tree is native to deep, rich, moist soils of the east central United States. Its bark is relatively smooth, with platy splotches of tan among drifts of light gray.
The leaves are palmate (hand-shaped) with five to seven lobes of glossy, dark green, long oval leaflets. On the tip branches in late spring are found clusters of rosy,...
Lobed, hand-like leaves and reddish-brown nuts distinguish the Ohio buckeye tree. This broad and round-canopied deciduous tree is native to low, moist soils of the east central United States. Its bark is gray and corky and wart-like when young, and fissured with age. It is among the first of the trees to leaf-out in early spring
The leaves are palmate (hand-shaped) with five to seven elongated lobes of bright green that deepens to dark green. On the tip branches in late spring are found clusters...
(Common Horsechestnut, Horsechestnut)
Horsechestnut is a tall, rounded, deciduous tree native to southeastern Europe. In spring, it bears showy conical clusters of large white flowers with yellow or pink markings. It later produces spiny fruits that contain inedible brown horse chestnuts. The large palmate (hand-like) leaves cast dense shade.
This sun-loving tree does well in moist, well drained soil, and tolerates salt and pollution. It makes an excellent shade tree, but beware of its falling nuts!.