Trees for Focal Points

These lush, dramatic trees can hold their own. Give them a nice space in your yard or use them to fill unsightly gaps in a vast landscape.
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Pagoda Dogwood or Green Osier

Cornus alternifolia ‘Argentea’; Small, deciduous tree or shrub that produces spreading, horizontal tiers of green leaves with white margins. H 10 ft (3 m); S 8 ft (2.5 m).

Weeping Silver Pear

Pyrus salicifolia ‘Pendula’; Narrow, silvery leaves and profuse white blossoms are followed by small (inedible) fruits. H 15 ft (5 m); S 12 ft (4 m).

Lily Tree

Magnolia denudata; Spectacularly large, pure white flowers appear on bare branches in spring, followed by large, glossy leaves. H 30 ft (10 m); S 30 ft (10 m).

False Acacia or Black Locust

Robinia pseudoacacia ‘Frisia’; This golden-leaved variety is smaller than the standard species. White flowers. H 80 ft (25 m); S 50 ft (15 m).

Himalayan Birch

Betula utilis var. jacquemontii; A deciduous tree, elegant in all seasons but usually grown for its paper-thin white bark. H 50 ft (15 m); S 25 ft (8 m).


Stewartia monadelpha; Dark green leaves turn vibrant orange and red in fall before they fall. Bark is peeling red-brown and gray. H 80 ft (25 m); S 25 ft (8 m).

Golden Rain Tree or Pride of India

Koelreuteria paniculata; In summer, masses of yellow flowers appear followed by lanternlike, pink- or red-brown fruits. Leaves turn yellow in fall. H 30 ft (10 m); S 30 ft (10 m).

Irish Yew

Taxus baccata ‘Fastigiata’; Unusually narrow variety with erect branches and dark green foliage. H 30 ft (10 m); S 20 ft (6 m).

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