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Black Oak

Black Oak (Quercus velutina), commonly called black oak, is a large, deciduous oak of the red oak group that typically grows 50-60’ tall with a globular, spreading crown. Bark is almost black on mature trunks with deep furrows. Trunk matures to 3’ in diameter. Leathery, shiny, dark green leaves (to 10” long) have 7-9 deeply incised lobes. Leaves turn yellow to yellow-brown to dark red pending on soil conditions in fall.

Swamp White Oak

Swamp White Oak (Quercus bicolor) is an excellent oak for wet situations. Dark green foliage with felty white underside turning yellow-brown in the fall.  Exfoliating bark gives this tree a beautiful appearance as it ages.  Mature height of 50-60'. Full sun. Zone 4.

American Sycamore

Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) is a native to the United States with a wide growing range. It is a deciduous, usually single-trunk tree that typically grows to 75’ tall with horizontal branching and a rounded habit. Trunk diameter typically ranges from 3-8'. The signature ornamental feature of this tree is its brown bark which exfoliates in irregular pieces to reveal creamy white inner bark. Mature trees typically display mottled white bark that facilitates identification from great distances.

Bald Cypress

Bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) is a very unique tree that looks like an evergreen until it drops its foliage in late fall.  Light green leaves being evergreen in appearance but foliage turns yellowish-brown in fall and drops before winter.  Cypress can handle wet soils. Mature height of 50-75'. Full sun.


Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis) is a widespread small to medium-size tree. Hackberry is planted as a street tree in Midwest cities because of its tolerance to a wide range of soil and moisture conditions.  Light green leaves turn golden yellow in fall.  Great Nebraska native that withstands everything mother nature has to throw at it!