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Tree Details

Hardiness zone:
6 – 9
60 – 70
close to 1/2 its height
Spreading branches forming a round-topped oblong head
Sun or partial shade
Rich, moist soil preferable
greenish-red, open in mid to late February
winged fruit
Landscape use:
Good lawn and street shade tree
Native range is Virginia to Florida, west to Illinois, Oklahoma, and Texas; introduced in 1820
Pests: bark aphid, wood borer, beech scale; Problems: powdery mildew (leaves appear white)
Significant Features:
Corky, winged bark on branches


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Arboretum Consultant

Michael A. Dirr

Dr. Michael A. Dirr is a horticulturist associated with the University of Georgia. Dr. Dirr has published over 300 scientific and popular publications and has authored seven books, including A Manual of Woody Landscape Plants: Their Identification, Ornamental Characteristics, Culture and Propagation and Uses. It has sold more than 250,000 copies.

Arboretum Consultant

Richard C. Webel

Richard C. Webel is managing director of Innocenti & Webel LLC, a renowned firm that specializes in architecture, landscape architecture and strategic planning. He collaborated on A Landscape of Continuity: The Practice of Innocenti & Webel, published by Harvard University in 1997. In addition to presenting lectures throughout the United States, he has also appeared on CNBC and CNN.