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Improve your outdoor living environment by planting a tree! The right shade tree in the right location can contribute toward cooling your home in the summer, cleaning the air, and inviting birds to linger awhile. Plant shade trees now for beauty and pleasure for decades to come.

Bald Cypress
Bald Cypress, a deciduous, grows to 60 feet, and is good for wet spots in your landscape. A medium to fast grower, Bald Cypress needs a lot of room and full sun. The soft green fernlike leaves turn to an attractive coppery brown in autumn before they fall.

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Beech
European and American Beech are large, stately trees. Wedel's carries nine varieties of Beech. European varieties grow to 70 feet tall. They have smooth, gray bark and in the fall, the foliage turns a lovely russet color. Plant as a specimen or accent, but make sure to give them plenty of room for their wide-spreading root systems. American Beech also need space, and grow to 80 feet, with a rounded crown. They are native to Michigan. The silver-gray bark is striking. Their narrow oval leaves turn a gold-bronze, and stay on the tree long after changing color. American Beech produces fruit in the form of small burrs.

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Birch
Many varieties of Birch are available at Wedel's. The tall, slender trees are quick to establish, and are fast growers. Plant in moist, humus-rich soil in full sun or partial shade. Heritage Birch's bark ages to a pink/brown color, while the River Birch's bark is a peeling cinnamon brown. It grows in an oval or pyramidal shape. White Spire Birch is resistant to borers.

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catalpa

Catalpa
This fast growing tree has few branches at an early age. Once branched, ascending limbs are gnarled and twisted. In June, 2"
long, tube-like white flowers appear in 4-8" panicles. Fruit is a long persistent pod. Great for xeriscapes, it is very tolerant and
adaptable.

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Dawn Redwood
This fast-growing tree has deeply grooved bark. It is pyramidal in form and has soft, feathery foliage, which in the fall turns from bright green to russet orange before it falls. Give it plenty of space, and moist to wet soil. Plant in sun or shade.

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Elm
American Elms are a classic, stately tree, growing to 100 feet. They do well in large areas with little competition. The thick, dense foliage provides a lush canopy. Chinese Elms are medium to fast growers and reach 50 feet. They are less susceptible to pests and disease than American Elms. The bark is a mottled gray-brown, and the foliage provides excellent fall color. Good for partial shade, grow in moist, but well-drained soil.

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Ginkgo
Gingko is a conifer, but rather than having needles, its foliage consists of flat, fan-shaped leaves that turn yellow in the fall. Wedel's only carries male trees, as the females produce unpleasant-smelling and messy fruit. Excellent as a shade or specimen tree, Gingkos do well in large yards. Pyramidal when young, they spread with age. Gingko trees are free of pests and diseases.

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Golden Rain Tree

Golden Rain Tree
Golden rain tree is a fast-growing, deciduous tree reaching about 30' in height. At maturity, it has a rounded crown, with a spread equal to or greater than the height. Golden rain tree is a fast grower that can produce welcome shade and beauty for new homes in quick order.

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hackberry

Hackberry
This moderate to rapid grower is very adaptable to the extremes of urban conditions, including drought and windy conditions.
The bark is corky and rough in texture.

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hardy rubber

Hardy Rubber Tree
Hardy rubber tree is typically grown as an ornamental shade tree because of its attractive glossy green foliage and its excellent resistance to insect and disease problems. It is a low-branching tree that typically grows 40-60’ tall with broad ascending branches and a rounded spreading crown.

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Hornbeam
European and American Hornbeam trees are available at Wedel's. European Hornbeams grow to 40 feet. They do well as urban screens, street plantings, or in lawns. American Hornbeams are small to medium trees that do well in smaller landscapes. The foliage turns to yellow and orange or scarlet in the fall. Hornbeams are slow growers and can be pruned into hedges if desired. They do well in full sun, but will tolerate partial shade. Look for several varieties in our nursery.

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Horsechestnut
Also known as Buckeye, Horsechestnuts are not true chestnuts; their fruit is poisonous. These are large trees that provide spring flowers and dense foliage in addition to their inedible nuts. Horsechestnuts require plenty of space and full sun to partial shade. Avoid drought, as these trees can be hurt by leaf-drought disease and leaf-scorch.

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Ironwood
Ironwood trees belong to the Hornbeam family and are native to the United States. These are small trees that grow to 20 to 30 feet. Ironwoods are most loved for their brilliant red and orange fall color. Their wood is very fine-grained and resistant to splitting.

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katsura

Katsura Tree
This interesting tree has dense, redbud-like foliage. Pyramidal as a young tree, it becomes broader with age. Although variable,
fall color is attractive - shades of yellow to apricot but primarily yellow in the Midwest. It requires ample moisture during the
establishment period.

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kentucky coffee tree

Kentucky Coffee Tree
This picturesque tree has deeply furrowed bark and stout branches that are particularly handsome in winter. It prefers deep,
moist soil and full sun, but is adaptable to many conditions such as alkaline soil, salt, and drought. The mahogany seed pods
are long and leathery.

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larch

Larch
Also known as Tamarack, this open, pyramidal tree has horizontal to drooping branches. The needles are pale green, turning
yellow in the autumn before falling. Intolerant of shade and pollution. Grows best in moist, well-drained, acidic soils. Excellent
planted in groves in moist soil.

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linden

Linden
This rapid growing tree has fragrant yellow flowers and large, dense foliage that provides excellent shade. Although it will grow
in dry heavier soils, it prefers deep moist soils.

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Locust
Two types of Locust trees are available at Wedel's; Honey Locust and Black Locust. Honey Locusts are native to Michigan, and may be thorned or thornless. Featuring deeply furrowed bark and narrow compound leaves, Honey Locusts are deep-rooted trees with broad crowns. They grow to 80 feet, and in spring, have greenish white flowers. In fall, the foliage turns yellow.

Black Locusts were imported from Europe in the 1600s. They, too, have deeply grooved bark. Their wide, spreading roots often send up suckers. The fragrant spring flowers are white with yellow blotches, or in the case of the cultivar 'Purple Robe', rose-pink. Locusts are prized for the dappled light that filters through the narrow leaves.

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london planetree

London Planetree
An excellent choice for urban situations, this tree tolerates adverse soils, air pollution, heat, and drought, and shows greater
resistance to Anthracnose. A rapid growing tree for parks, golf courses and campuses, it has beautiful cream, olive, and brown
exfoliating bark.

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Maple
Michigan's most beloved tree comes in a vast array of cultivars. Wedel's offers more than 50 varieties, both American and Japanese. Visit us to find the perfect Maple for your landscape, and choose one perhaps for the vivid fall color of your choice.

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Oak
Next to Maple, perhaps the most easily recognizable tree is the Oak. Select from approximately 10 varieties at Wedel's. The Northern Red Oak and its relative, the Shumard, are great Midwestern trees. Most Oaks grow to an impressive 75 feet, and are very long-lived.

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quaking aspen

Quaking Aspen
The small leaves of this native tree tremble in the slightest breeze for a beautiful effect. It is indifferent to soil conditions, and
can be found in moist, shallow, rocky, or clay soils. The bark is an attractive greenish white.

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redwood

Redwood
This beautiful deciduous conifer has a pyramidal to conical habit, and fine feathery texture. Once thought to be extinct, it was
rediscovered in China in the 1940's, and then introduced to the world through seeds collected on an Arnold Arboretum
expedition.

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Sweetgum
Native to America, the Sweet Gum grows at a medium to fast rate, and can reach 75 feet. The leaves are glossy bright green stars that turn to crimson, then purple in the fall. Sweet Gums require a lot of room, and prefer moist, rich soil. The fruit of the Sweet Gum are spiny golf ball sized round pods, and can be messy. Wedel's carries a few different cultivars of this tree.

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Sycamore
Sycamore is a very long-lived tree that can ultimately tower over 100 feet in height. Its most arresting feature is the bark, which flakes away irregularly, leaving a mottled pattern of green, tan, white and gray. Sycamores can be a bit messy, as they drop bark, twigs, leaves and spherical seed pods. They provide great shade, and are good as specimens. Wedel's carries the variety 'Bloodgood' which has proven to be more resistant to anthracnose, a leaf-spot disease.

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tuliptree

Tuliptree
A stately tree for large spaces. Flowers May through early June with attractive green-yellow blossoms that have a tangerine
tint at the base of the petals. Attractive yellow fall color. Prefers moist, well-drained and slightly acidic soil. Never or rarely fed
on by Japanese beetles.

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Willow
The Willow is one of the most graceful trees available. They are fast growers, and being moisture loving, it is wise to situate them well away from your water lines, as they will invade them. Weeping varieties have pendulous branches that blow freely in the breeze, and Pussy Willows feature the beloved fuzzy catkins early in the season.

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yellowwood

Yellowwood
This large, American-native is spectacular in spring, with creamy white flower panicles that are 8-14" long and loaded with fragrant pea-like flowers. Following the flowers, 4" light brown seed pods form in autumn. As the tree matures, the bark turns gray similar, to a beech. Yellowwood is named after the yellow color of the heartwood. A beautiful specimen tree that grows especially well in high pH soils, is also tolerant of acid soils.

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Zelkova
Wedel's features the variety 'Green Vase', named for its vase shape. Its upright arching branches form a shape resembling an Elm. This tree can reach 70 feet in height, and works well for framing and shade.

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