Whether you live in the Atlantic Coastal Plain, the Hudson-Mohawk Lowland, the St. Lawrence-Champlain Lowland, the Great Lakes Plain, the New England Upland, the Adirondack Upland or the Appalachian Upland, we can definitely help you find trees and plants to suit your needs.
The Best Trees for Planting in New York
The Empire State lies within the humid continental zone; however, there is still quite a variation between regions. The warmest temperatures and longest seasons between frosts are in the southeastern lowlands. The uplands of the Catskills and Adirondacks have cold winters and cooler summers. The Great Lakes area snow belt is one of the snowiest areas in the United States. These are important factors to consider when you are choosing trees and shrubs.
Native to the Empire State, the Red Maple or Lombardy Poplar are both hardy, strong selections. For shade from that New York summer sun, we suggest the American Beech, American Elm, or one of our other Maples.
If you’d like to plant a row of evergreens, try our American Holly, another tree that is at home in New York, or the Thuja Giant or Leyland Cypress. They all grow quickly to form a uniform, living green wall. Unlike other trees that fall to disease, these evergreens are adaptable and easy to grow.
Native Trees and Plants for New York
The best feature of your Empire State landscape just might be flowering trees like the Kwanzan Cherry Tree. This tree grows well in NY and offers you a spring-flowering tree that is large enough to also be a shade tree.
For New York fruit lovers, you can create your own personal orchard with our Key Lime Trees, Bartlett Pear, Santa Rosa Plum, and Navel Oranges. The juicy North Star Cherries are also perfect for cooler regions.
New York’s state tree is the Sugar Maple. This spectacular forest tree is found throughout the state and is easily recognized by its distinctive gray bark and lobed leaves. In full maturity, most trees reach 70 to 90 feet in height.
The New York State soil is the Honeoye. This dark brown loam takes its name from the Iroquois 'Hay-e-a-yeah.' The legend tells of a Seneca brave who was bitten by a rattlesnake and had to cut off his finger. The location then became known as the place 'where the finger lies.' Honeoye soils are used for growing crops and are very fertile. This is also a good soil for trees and shrubs.
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