Large evergreen tree that performs best in moist, cool, protected sites. Shade tolerant. Needs protection to do well if plating area is windy and exposed. Does not like high soil pH. Beautiful landscape addition in favorable location.
Rocky Mountain Maple
Small deciduous tree best suited to protected mountain streams. Shade tolerant. This shrubby tree is rarely available in nurseries and seldom planted in urban landscapes. Warm valley locations in marked contrast to its preferred habitat.
This is the maple that gives Utah foothills and mountains their outstanding fall color. Tolerates high soil pH better than many maples. Intermediate shade tolerance. Suited to our climatic and appears to withstand some drought when planted in the valley.
A tough large deciduous tree that thrives in moist, deep soils but will also grow on poor soils and stressful sites. Intermediate shade tolerance. Can be weak wooded. Highly adaptable and well suited for wildlife habitat. Box elder bugs have an appetite for seeds from female Box elder trees.
Small tree particularly well suited to mountain canyons. Stature is shrubby usually remaining below 15′ in height. Multi-stemmed round growth habit. Well-drained soils and partial sun is preferred. Birds are attracted to its fruit and mule deer browse its foliage.
Small deciduous tree suited to dry foothills and valley locations. Intermediate shade tolerance. Well suited to low-water use landscapes. Slow to moderate growth rate.
Broadleaf evergreen found primarily at high-open mountain settings. Shrubby in youth but has potential for large broad shape. Long-lived and slow-growing. Important species for wildlife. Shade intolerant. Seldom used in urban landscapes, but if available would be a welcome addition to the urban landscape. Tolerant of drought.
Best suited to warm locations along streams in southwestern Utah. This small shrubby tree is not a true willow but could be used more as small ornamental if temperatures do not get too cold. Shade intolerant.
A small slow growing shrubby deciduous tree with thorns. Good fall color and well suited for riparian wildlife restoration projects. Shade intolerant. Unusual in cultivated landscapes.
Very tolerant of drought, cold, heat and a wide variety of soil conditions. Shrub-like growth habitat generally smaller than 15′ tall. Shade intolerant. Well suited to low-water and low-maintenance landscapes.
Rocky Mountain Juniper
Larger and more upright compared to Utah Juniper. Highly drought resistant. Shade intolerant. Good choice for visual screening, noise buffering, windbreak and adaptability to variety of planting locations.
Large slow growing evergreen. Performs best in cool, moist, favorable soils Shade tolerant. Uncommon and not well suited to low elevation, warm, or dry locations.
State tree of Utah. Large at maturity. Needs plenty of space to grow, favorable soil, and frequent irrigation. Beautiful variations in color available due to waxy coating of foliage.
Slow growing and can be very long-lived: some reported to be over 4,000 years old. Tolerant of dry, tough sites but does not do well in shade. Growth habit can be contorted. Great selection for low water and low maintenance landscapes
Large high elevation slow growing evergreen. Can from thick stands in native areas. Shade intolerant and moderately drought tolerant. Could be used where a natural, low maintenance landscape is preferred.
Primary and historic component of Utah’s pinyon pine-juniper forest. Small drought tolerant evergreen that produces seeds relished by wildlife and people alike. Well suited to low water, low maintenance, and landscapes that replicate natural settings.
Large slow growing evergreen with distinctive cinnamon-colored bark-plates, large cones, and long pine-needles. Possible alternative to more commonly planted Austrian pine.
Large deciduous tree with narrow leaves. Native to riparian corridors. Prefers full sun and alluvial soil.
Very large historic broad-leafed deciduous tree that thrives along water courses. Females can produce considerable amount of cottony-seeds.
One of Utah’s most populous and beautiful trees. Does best in cool, moist, mountain locations in the company of other aspens. Distinctive bark, foliage, and fall color. Not a long-lived species.
Usually small tree or shrub-like with multiple stems. Highly adaptable but prefers alluvial and moist soils. Attractive flowers are followed by fleshy fruits desired by wildlife. Like aspen can regenerate from sprouts and form thickets given favorable conditions and time.
Large evergreen historically used for timber production but with great potential for beautiful addition to urban landscapes where space for growth and water is provided. Not a true fir.
Also known as scrub oak this species is most prevalent along the foothills where it provides great fall color, typically forming thickets that are resilient to adverse weather and tolerant of drought. It also is well-suited to urban landscapes where it can grow to be large in size and vibrancy with irrigation provided.
Growth habit is usually small, shrubby, multi-stemmed. Found near water. Very shade intolerant. Well suited to riparian restoration and wildlife habitat improvement projects.