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Medium sun trees are deciduous trees measuring 30 to 50 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. Before making a final choice on any given plant, always check all its characteristics to ensure it is the right tree for the right place.

Note that those medium sun trees that have a star next to their common name may have an invasive tendency.

Scientific name Common name
Acer negundos Boxelder
Acer platanoides Norway Maple *
Acer pseudoplatanus Planetree Maple *
Acer buergerianum Trident Maple
Acer campestre Hedge Maple
Acer carpinifolium Hornbeam Maple
Acer cissifolium Ivy-leaved Maple
Acer davidii David Maple
Aesculus glabra Ohio Buckeye
Aesculus x carnea ‘Briotii’ Red Horsechestnut
Ailanthus altissima Tree of Heaven *
Alnus glutinosa Common Alder *
Betula lenta Sweet Birch
Betula papyrifera Paper Birch
Betula pendula European White Birch
Betula davurica Dahurian Birch
Betula maximowicziana Monarch Birch
Betula platyphylla Asian White Birch
Betula utilis Whitebarked Himalayan Birch
Carpinus betulus European Hornbeam
Carpinus caroliniana American Hornbeam
Carya cordiformis Bitternut Hickory
Carya glabra Pignut Hickory
Carya tomentosa Mockernut Hickory
Castanea mollissima Chinese Chestnut
Catalpa speciosa Northern Catalpa *
Celtis occidentalis Common Hackberry
Cercis canadensis Eastern Redbud
Cladrastis kentuckea American Yellowwood
Cornus mas Cornelian Cherry Dogwood
Cornus florida Flowering Dogwood
Cornus kousa Kousa Dogwood
Cornus Rutgers Stellar Series Dogwood
Corylus colurna Turkish Filbert
Cotinus obovatus American Smoketree
Diospyros virginiana Common Persimmon
Eucommia ulmoides Hardy Rubber Tree
Evodia daniellii Korean Evodia
Fraxinus pennsylvanica Green Ash
Fraxinus ornus Flowering Ash
Fraxinus quadrangulata Blue Ash
Gleditsia triacanthos Common Honeylocust
Gymnocladusdioicus Kentucky Coffeetree
Halesia monticola Mountain Silverbell
Juglans cinerea Butternut
Kalopana x pictus Castor-aralia
Koelreuteria paniculata Goldenraintree *
Larix laricina Tamarack
Maackia amurensis Amur Maackia
Maclura pomifera Osage Orange
Magnolia acuminata Cucumbertree Magnolia
Magnolia kobus Kobus Magnolia
Magnolia tripetala Umbrella Magnolia
Morus alba White Mulberry *
Nyssa sylvatica Black Tupelo
Ostrya virginiana American Hophornbeam
Oxydendrum arboreum Sourwood
Paulownia tomentosa Royal Paulownia *
Phellodendron amurense Amur Corktree *
Populus alba White Poplar *
Populus nigra Lombardy Black Poplar
Populus grandi dentata Bigtooth Aspen
Populus tremuloides Quaking Aspen
Populus simonii Simon Poplar
Prunus maackii Amur Chokecherry
Prunus sargentii Sargent Cherry
Prunusserotina Black Cherry
Prunus serrulata Kwanzan Flowering Cherry
Prunus subhirtella ‘Pendula’ Higan Cherry
Pseudolari x amabilis kaempferi Golden Larch
Pyrus calleryana Callery Pear
Quercus acutissima Sawtooth Oak
Quercus bicolor Swamp White Oak
Quercus imbricaria Shingle Oak
Quercus phellos Willow Oak
Quercus velutina Black Oak
Quercus shumardii Shumard Oak
Quercus muehlenbergii Chinkapin Oak
Robinia pseudoacacia Black Locust *
Salix x blanda Wisconsin Weeping Willows
Salix matsudana Dragon’s Claw Willow
Sassa frasalbidum Common Sassafras
Styphnolobium japonica Japanese Pagodatree
Sorbus alnifolia Korean Mountainash
Sorbus aucuparia European Mountainash
Stewartia koreana Korean Stewartia
Stewartia pseudocamellia Japanese Stewartia
Styrax japonicus Japanese Snowbell
Styrax obassia Fragrant Snowbell
Tilia platyphyllos Bigleaf Linden
Tilia tomentosa Silver Linden
Tilia x euchlora Crimean Linden
Ulmus parvifolia Lacebark 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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