Recommended Trees to Plant in Winston-Salem

The trees and shrubs listed below are commonly-found and suitable for use in the Forsyth County area, although not every plant will be a great fit for every property.

Each site varies in terms of soil, moisture, and microclimate conditions, making some trees and shrubs more likely to thrive than others.

Ask the tree care professionals at Beaver Tree Service for help in choosing the right tree for your Winston-Salem property.

Large Variety Trees

These trees have a mature height of thirty-five (35) feet or greater.

  • European Black Alder - Alnus glutinosa (Pyramidalis)
  • Bald Cypress - Taxodium distichum (Monarch of Illinois, Shawnee Brave)
  • Sugar Hackberry - Celtis laevigata
  • Chalkbark Maple - Acer Leucoderme
  • Freeman Maple - Acer x freemanii (Armstrong, Autumn Blaze, Celebration, Scarlet Sentinel)
  • Green Mtn. Sugar Maple - Acer saccharum “Green Mountain”
  • Hedge Maple - Acer campestre
  • Southern Sugar Maple - Acer barbatum
  • Trident Maple - Acer buergeranum
  • Bur Oak - Quercus macrocarpa
  • Sawtooth Oak - Quercus acutissima
  • Shingle Oak - Quercus imbricaria
  • Swamp White Oak - Quercus bicolor
  • Northern Red Oak - Quercus rubra
  • Nutall Oak - Quercus nutalli
  • Overcup Oak - Quercus lyrata
  • Green Ash - Fraxinus pennsylvanica (Marshall Seedless, Newport, Patmore, Summit, Lakeview)
  • Kentucky Coffeetree - Gymnocladus dioicus
  • Japanese Pagodatree - Sophora japonica (Princeton Upright, Regent)
  • Silver Linden - Tilia tomentosa (Green Mountain, Sterling)
  • Hybrid Elm - Ulmus spp. (Homestead, Pioneer, Urban)
  • Willow Oak - Quercus phellos
  • Sugar Maple - Acer saccharum
  • Red Maple - Acer Rubrum (Autumn Flame, Bowhall, Karpick, Northwood, October Glory, Red Skin, Red Sunset)
  • Scarlet Oak - Quercus coccinea
  • Southern Magnolia - Magnolia grandiflora
  • London Plane-tree - Platanus acerifolia (Bloodgood, Colombia, Liberty)
  • River Birch - Betula nigra (Heritage, DuraHeat)
  • Japanese Zelkova - Zelkova serrata (Green Vase, Village Green)
  • Tulip Poplar - Liriodendron tulipifera
  • Black Gum - Nyssa sylvatica
  • Littleleaf Linden - Tilia cordata (Glenleven, Greenspire)
  • White Oak - Quercus alba
  • Japanese Scholartree - Sophora japonicum
  • Gingko - Gingko biloba (Lakeview, Princeton Sentry)
  • English Oak - Quercus robur (Fastigiata)
  • Japanese Katsuratree - Cercidiphyllum japonicum
  • Schumard Oak - Quercus schumardi
  • Chinese Elm - Ulnus parviflora (Lacebark, Athena, Allee)

Medium Variety Trees

Medium trees mature at a height of twenty-five (25) to thirty-five (35) feet.

  • Sourwood - Oxydendrum arboreum
  • Thornless Honeylocust - Gleditsia triacanthos "Inermis"
  • Eastern Redbud - Cercis canadensis
  • Yoshino Cherry - Prunus yedoensis
  • Golden-Rain-Tree - Koelreutreria paniculata
  • Saucer Magnolia - Magnolia soulangeana
  • Weeping Cherry - Prunus subhirtilla pendula
  • Kwansan Cherry - Prunus serrucata "Kwansan"
  • Yellowood - Cladastris lutea
  • Ironwood - Carpinus carolineana
  • Pistache - Pistachia chinensis
  • Redmond Linden - Tilia americana "Redmond"
  • American Holly - Ilex opaca (East Palatka, Foster’s #2, Nellie R. Stevens)
  • Eastern Red Cedar - Juniperus virginiana (Emerald Sentinel, Princeton Sentry, Pendula)
  • Little Gem Magnolia - Magnolia “Little Gem”
  • Fall Blooming Cherry - Prunus autumnalis
  • Fruitless Sweetgum - Liquidambar styraciflua “Rotundaloba”
  • European Hornbeam - Carpinus betulus (Fastigiata)
  • Hophornbeam - Ostrya virginiana

Small Variety Trees

At the small end of the spectrum are trees with a mature height of less than twenty-five (25) feet.

  • Japanese Maple - Acer palmatum
  • Japanese Dogwood - Cornus kousa
  • Flowering Dogwood - Cornus florida
  • Smoketree - Cotinus coggyria (Daydream, Royal Purple)
  • Crape Myrtle - Lagerstroemia indica (Dallas Red, Lipan, Natchez, Sioux, Tonto, Yuma)
  • Crabapple (var.) - Malus hybrida (var.)
  • Amur Maple - Acer ginnala
  • Wax Myrtle - Myrica cerifer
  • Star Magnolia - Magnolia stellata
  • Japanese Tree Lilac - Syringa reticulata
  • Green Hawthorn - Crataegus viridis
  • Carolina Cherrylaurel - Prunus caroliniana
  • Choke Cherry - Prunus virginiana
  • Sargent Cherry - Prunus sargentii (Columnaris, Hillier Spire)

Our Top Recommendations

With so many trees to choose from, sometimes it's easier to work with a shorter list. Below are our recommended trees for specific situations.

More Information

The trees listed above are taken from the list of recommended trees published by the City of Winston-Salem as part of the Landscaping & Tree Preservation Checklist.

N.C. Cooperative Extension has an excellent tree database with tree photos taken in different seasons. You should be able to find all of the trees listed above in that database.

You can also find more information, as well as tips on tree identification, on this website from NC State University.

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