Best Trees for Southern Oklahoma

RECOMMENDED TREES FOR ARDMORE

SMALL TREES
Common Name Botanical Name Evergreen/ Height/
Deciduous Width Soil Water Exposure
Amur Maple Acer ginnala D 20’x15’ MD/PD L S,PSH
Autumn Olive Elaeagnus unbellata D 15’x10’ MD L S
Crape Myrtle Lagerstromia indica D 15’x10’ MD L S,PSH
Flowering Dogwood Comus florida D 25’x25’ MD M PSH
Holly, Possumhaw Ilex decidua D 15’x10’ PD M S,PSH
Panicled Golden Raintree Koelreuteria paniculata D 25’x20’ MD L S
Callery Pear Pyrus calleryana D 35’x25’ MD M S
Purpleleaf Plum Prunus cerasifera D 20’x10’ MD M S
Redbud* Cercis canadensis D 20’x15’ MD L S,PSH
Smoke tree Cotinus eoggygria D 15’x10’ MD L S
Saucer Magnolia Magnolia soulangiana D 20’x10’ WD M PSH
*State Tree (of Oklahoma)

MEDIUMTREES

Common Name Botanical Name Evergreen/ Height/
Deciduous Width Soil Water Exposure
Ash, Green Fraxinus pennsylvanica D 60’x40’ MD M S
Austrian Pine Pinus nigra E 50’x30’ MD L S
Bald Cypress Taxodium distichum D 60’x30’ MD,PD L S
Caddo Sugar Maple Acer saccharum D 50’x40’ MD L S
Chinese Pistachio Pistacia chinensis D 40’x30’ MD L S
Honeylocust (thornless) Gleditsia triancanthos D 50’x30’ MD M S
Kentucky Coffee-tree, Male Gymnocladous dioica D 50’x30’ MD M S
Lacebark Ellm Ulmus parvifolia D 50’x35’ MD,PD L S,PSH
Loblolly Pine Pinus taeda E 50’x20’ MD M S
Sawtooth Oak Quercus acutissima D 60’x40’ MD M S
Scotch Pine Pinus sylvestris E 50’x30’ MD L S
Southern Magnolia Magnolia grandiflora E 50’x35’ MD M S,PSH
KEY: Soil: MD=Moderately Drained PD=Tolerates Poor Drainage WD=Well-drained
Water: L=Low M=Moderate
Exposure: S=Sun PSH=Part Shade

LARGE TREES

Common Name Botanical Name Evergreen/ Height/
Deciduous Width Soil Water Exposure
American Sycamore Plantanus occidentalis D 80’x60’ MD M S
Bur Oak Quercus macrocarpa D 70’x70’ MD M S
Pecan Cara illinoensis D 80’x40’ MD L S
Shumard Red Oak Quercus shumardii D 80’x50’ MD L S
Sweetgum Liquidambar styraciflua D 80’x50’ MD M S
Water Oak Quercus nigra D 70’x80’ MD M S
Trees not recommended for planting:
1) Black Locust 5) Osage Orange (female) 9) Pomegranate 13) Willow
2) Box Elder 6) Cottonwood (female) 10) Silver Maple
3) Buckeye 7) Russian Olive 11) Hawthorn
4) Catalpa 8) Tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus) 12) Poplar