Large sun trees

Large sun trees are deciduous trees measuring between 50 and 80 feet in height and requiring over 6 hours of sunlight per day.

Trees from different climate zones with different growing conditions are listed in the following table. Some may grow well in poor soil, while others may need richer, more humid soil. Before making a final choice on any large sun tree, always check all its characteristics to ensure it is the right tree for the right place.

Scientific name Common name
Acerrubrum Red Maple
Acerplatanoides Norway Maple
Acer pseudoplatanus Planetree Maple
Acer saccharinum Silver Maple
Acer saccharum Sugar Maple
Aesculus flava Yellow Buckeye
Aesculus hippocastanum Common Horsechestnut
Betula nigra River Birch
Betula alleghaniensis Yellow Birch
Betula papyrifera Paper Birch
Betula maximowicziana Monarch Birch
Carpinus betulus European Hornbeam
Carya ovata Shagbark Hickory
Carya tomentosa Mockernut Hickory
Castanea dentata American Chestnut
Catalpa speciosa Northern Catalpa
Celtis laevigata Sugar Hackberry
Cercidiphyllum japonicum Katsuratree
Cercidiphyllum magnificum Katsuratree
Cornus alternifolia Pagoda Dogwood
Diospyros virginiana Common Persimmon
Fagus sylvatica European Beech
Fagus grandifolia American Beech
Fraxinus americana White Ash
Fraxinus pennsylvanica Green Ash
Fraxinus excelsior Common Ash
Fraxinus quadrangulata Blue Ash
Ginkgo biloba Ginkgo
Gleditsia triacanthos Common Honeylocust
Gymnocladus dioicus Kentucky Coffeetree
Halesia monticola Mountain Silverbell
Juglans nigra Black Walnut
Larix decidua European Larch
Larix kaempferi Japanese Larch
Liquidambar styraciflua American Sweetgum
Liriodendrontulipifera Tuliptree
Magnolia acuminata Cucumbertree Magnolia
Metasequoia glyptostroboides Dawn Redwood
Nyssa sylvatica Black Tupelo
Platanusx acerifolia London Planetree
Platanus occidentalis Sycamore
Populus alba White Poplar
Populus deltoides Eastern Cottonwood
Prunus avium Mazzard
Prunus serotina Black Cherry
Quercus palustris Pin Oak
Quercus alba White Oak
Quercus rubra Red Oak
Quercus robur English Oak
Quercus macrocarpa Bur Oak
Quercus coccinea Scarlet Oak
Quercus prinus Chestnut Oak
Salix alba White Willow
Sophora japonica Japanese Pagodatree
Taxodium distichum Common Baldcypress
Taxodium ascendens Pondcypress
Tilia americana American Linden
Tilia cordata Littleleaf Linden
Tilia platyphyllos Bigleaf Linden
Tilia x europaea Common Linden
Ulmus americana American Elm
Ulmus carpinifolia Smoothleaf Elm
Ulmus pumila Siberian Elm
Zelkova serrata Japanese Zelkova

Have you considered all the options available to you? If not, then have a look at our Landscaping plants page.

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