Small sun trees

Small sun trees are deciduous trees measuring between 15 and 30 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 small sun tree, always check all its characteristics to ensure it is the right tree for the right place.

Scientific name Common name
Acer ginnala Amur Maple
Acer griseum Paperbark Maple
Acer japonicum Fullmoon Maple
Acer negundo Boxelder
Acer nikoense Nikko Maple
Acer palmatum Japanese Maple
Acer pensylvanicum Striped Maple
Acer tataricum Tatarian Maple
Acer triflorum Three-flower Maple
Acer truncatum Purpleblow Maple
Acer carpinifolium Hornbeam Maple
Acer cissifolium Ivy-leaved Maple
Acer davidii David Maple
Aesculus glabra Ohio Buckeye
Aesculu spavia Red Buckeye
Ailanthus altissima Tree of Heaven
Amelanchier arborea Downy Serviceberry
Amelanchier canadensis Shadblow Serviceberry
Amelanchier laevis Allegheny Serviceberry
Amelanchier x grandiflora Apple Serviceberry
Aralia spinosa Devils-walkingstick
Aralia elata Japanese Angelica-tree
Asimina triloba Common Pawpaw
Betula populifolia Gray Birch
Caragana arborescens Siberian Peashrub
Carpinus caroliniana American Hornbeam
Carpinus japonica Japanese Hornbeam
Cercis canadensis Eastern Redbud
Chionanthus virginicus White Fringetree
Chionanthus retusus Chinese Fringetree
Cornus mas Cornelian Cherry Dogwood
Cornus florida Flowering Dogwood
Cornus kousa Kousa Dogwood
Cornus Rutgers Hybrids Stellar Series Dogwood
Corylopsis glabrescens Fragrant Winterhazel
Corylus avellana European Filbert
Cotinus obovatus American Smoketree
Crataegus crusgalli Cockspur Hawthorn
Crataegus laevigata English Hawthorn
Crataegus x lavallei Lavalle Hawthorn
Crataegus mollis Downy Hawthorn
Crataegus phaenopyrum Washington Hawthorn
Crataegus viridis Green Hawthorn
Crataegus monogyna Singleseed Hawthorn
Deutzia scabra Fuzzy Deutzia
Elaeagnus angustifolia Russian Olive
Euonymus europaeus European Euonymus
Euonymus bungeanus Winterberry Euonymus
Evodia daniellii Korean Evodia
Franklinia alatamaha Franklinia
Halesiacarolina Carolina Silverbell
Hamamelis x intermedia Hybrid Witchhazel
Hamamelis mollis Chinese Witchhazel
Hamamelis virginiana Common Witchhazel
Hamamelis vernalis Vernal Witchhazel
Heptacodium miconioides Seven-son Flower
Hippophae rhamnoides Common Seabuckthorn
Hovenia dulcis Japanese Raisintree
Hydrangea paniculata Panicle Hydrangea
Laburnum x watereri Waterer Laburnum
Laburnum alpinum Scotch Laburnum
Laburnum anagyroides Common Laburnum
Larix laricina Tamarack
Maackia amurensis Amur Maackia
Maclura pomifera Osage Orange
Magnolia liliiflora Lily Magnolia
Magnolia stellata Star Magnolia
Magnolia tripetala Umbrella Magnolia
Magnolia virginiana Sweetbay Magnolia
Magnolia x loebneri Loebner Magnolia
Magnolia x soulangiana Saucer Magnolia
Malus floribunda Japanese Flowering Crabapple
Malus hupehensis Tea Crabapple
Malus hybrids Hybrid Crabapple
Malus x zumi Flowering Crabapple /tr>
Ostrya virginiana American Hophornbeam
Oxydendrum arboreum Sourwood
Parrotia persica Persian Parrotia
Paulownia tomentosa Royal Paulownia
Poncirus trifoliata Trifoliate Orange
Prunus americana American Plum
Prunus cerasifera Thundercloud Plum
Prunus maritima Beach Plum
Prunus nigra Canada Plum
Prunus pensylvanica Pin Cherry
Prunus x incam Okame Flowering Cherry
Prunus serrula Paperbark Cherry
Prunus serrulata Kwanzan Flowering Cherry
Prunus subhirtella ‘Pendula’ Higan Cherry
Prunus x yedoensis Yoshino Cherry
Prunus triloba var. multiplex Double Flowering Plum
Prunus virginiana Schubert Common Chokecherry
Pseudocydonia sinensis Chinese Quince
Ptelea trifoliata Hoptree
Pterostyrax hispida Fragrant Epaulettetree
Pyrus communis Common Pear
Pyrussa licifolia ‘Silver Frost’ Weeping Willowleaf Pear
Quercus illicifolia Bear Oak
Rhamnus cathartica Common Buckthorn
Rhamnus frangula Glossy Buckthorn
Rhus typhina Staghorn Sumac
Rhus copallina Flameleaf Sumac
Rhus glabra Smooth Sumac
Salix caprea Goat Willow
Salix discolor True Pussy Willow
Salix hastata Pussy Willow
Sassafras albidum Common Sassafras
Shepherdia argentea Silver Buffaloberry
Sorbus aucuparia European Mountainash
Sorbus americana American Mountainash
Stewartia koreana Korean Stewartia
Stewartia pseudocamellia Japanese Stewartia
Stewartia ovata Mountain Stewartia
Styrax japonicus Japanese Snowbell
Styrax obassia Fragrant Snowbell
Symplocos paniculata Sapphireberry
Syringa reticulata Japanese Tree Lilac
Syringa vulgaris Common Lilac
Ulmus glabra ‘Camperdownii’ Camperdown Elm
Viburnum lantana Wayfaringtree Viburnum
Viburnum lentago Nannyberry Viburnum
Viburnum prunifolium Blackhaw Viburnum
Viburnum sieboldii Siebold Viburnum
Xanthoceras sorbifolium Yellowhorn
Zanthoxylum americanum Prickly-ash

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