Tree Information

At our Tree Giveaways, we distribute saplings of many native species. Growing information for each species is provided in the table below.

SpeciesLight NeedsSoil NeedsHeight/SizeLife Expectancy
Colorado SprucePrefers full sun; grows more slowly in partial shade; at least 6hrs of direct sunlight per dayAcidic, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, well-drained and clay soils; tolerates short drought but not flooding50-75′ tall and a spread of 10-20′ at maturity
60+ years
White Spruce Prefers full sun; grows more slowly in part shade; at least 6hrs of direct sunlight per day Prefers well-drained, moist silty soils, tolerates poorly drained and heavy soils but not dry soils 40-80′ tall and a 10-20′ spread at maturity 100+ years
White CedarTolerates shadeTolerates a variety of soils; acidic, loamy, moist, sandy, well-drained dry, wet, shallow and clay soils; doesn’t tolerate road salt40-60′ tall and a spread of 10-15′ at maturity 80+ years
White Pine Full sun; tolerates some shade Tolerates a variety of soils; prefers rich, slightly acidic moist, well-drained soil 80′ tall and a 10-20′ spread at maturity 100+ years
Red PineBest in light; doesn’t like shadeWell-drained soil; tolerates poor, rocky and sandy soil 65-115′ tall and 3′ trunk diameter 100+ years
Tamarack Full sunTolerates a variety of soils; prefers moist, sandy soils 50-80′ tall and a spread of 20′ at maturity 80+ years
Hard (Sugar) Maple Full sun/partial shade Prefers deep, well-drained, acidic to slightly alkaline soil 60-75′ tall and a 40-50′ spread at maturity 100+ years
Red MapleShade tolerantGrows in a variety of soils40-60′ tall and a 40′ spread at maturity80+ years
Gray Birch Full sunTolerates a variety of soils, prefers poor, disturbed, sandy or gravelly soils 20-30′ tall and 15″ trunk diameter 50+ years
White Birch Full sun is best; at least 4hrs of direct sunlight per dayVariety of soil substrates; tolerates a range of moisture levels; prefers deep, well-drained to dry soils50-70′ tall and a spread of 35′ at maturity 100+ years
Yellow Birch Moderately shade tolerantPrefers moist and rich soils50-70′ tall and a spread of 35′ at maturity150+ years
Mountain AshShade tolerantGrows in a variety of soils; prefers moist soil but dry tolerant10-30′ tall and a spread of 15′ at maturity 30 years
Black ElderberryPrefers full sun; shade tolerantPrefers heavy organic matter; moist and well-drained20′ tall and a spread of 6-12′ at maturity25-30 years
Chokecherry Prefers full sun; shade tolerant Prefers rich, well-drained soils6-25′ tall and a spread of 20′ at maturity 40-60 years
Highbush CranberryPrefers full sun; shade tolerant Prefers moist, well-drained soils10-12′ tall and a spread of 8′ at maturity30+ years
NannyberryPrefers full sun; shade tolerant Prefers moist soils, tolerates wide range of soil textures and pH; drought resistant10-20′ and a spread of 6-12′ at maturity20-50 years
HackberryFull sun/partial shade Variety of soils40-70′ tall and a spread of 50′ at maturity 150+ years
Red OakFull sun/partial shade Variety of soils 60-90′ tall and a spread of 20-39′ at maturity 300+ years
Blue BeechFull sun/partial shade Prefers rich, well-drained soils25-30′ tall and a spread of 25′ at maturity 100 years