Deciduous trees contribute greatly to the character of Penn Valley and provide tremendous ecological services including absorbing stormwater runoff and providing food sources for butterflies and other pollinators.

Native trees for our area:

  • Amalenchier canadensis (Shadblow serviceberry) - 20-30 ft, salt tolerant, drought sensitive, small multi-stemmed landscape tree, nice fall color, part-sun
  • Betula nigra (Riverbirch) - 50-75 ft, salt + pollution + drought tolerant, full sun
  • Betula populifolia (Gray birch) - 35-50ft, salt + drought + compaction tolerant, beautiful white bark with age, part to full sun
  • Celtis occidentalis (Hackberry) - 75+ft, salt + drought + compaction tolerant, full sun
  • Cercis canadensis (Redbud) - 25 ft, salt sensitive but drought tolerant, purple blooms in spring, small landscape/understory tree, can grow in part sun
  • Chionanthus virginiacus (American fringe tree) - 25ft, intolerant of salt spray but tolerant of salt in the soil, drought tolerant, small landscape tree, white blooms in spring, part sun
  • Cratagus viridis (Winter King Green Hawthorn) - 30ft, very high drought tolerance, intermediate salt tolerance, red berries in winter, full sun
  • Nyssa sylvatica (Blackgum) - 75ft, salt tolerant + drought resistant, beautiful red fall foliage, full sun
  • Quercus bicolor (Swamp white oak) - salt tolerant + drought resistant, excellent ecological value, full sun
  • Quercus phelos (Willow oak) - 40-75ft, salt tolerant + drought resistant, full sun

LMTS also has a list of recommended trees that can be found here.  The list includes native and non-native trees.  Note that some recommendations are considered invasive in our area.  Please for example do not plant sawtooth oak, Amur maple, tartaric maple or hedge maple.  We are asking that the Shade Tree Commission consider revising their list.