Trees and shrubs
Find advice on selecting and caring for trees and shrubs for your home landscape.
See Recommended trees for Minnesota for comprehensive tree lists by region.
Selecting trees and shrubs for your landscape
The Plant Elements of Design plant selection program will help you find plants that match the conditions of your landscaping site.
- Go to the Plant Elements site
- Click on CREATE AN ACCOUNT
- Enter your email address
- Create a password
- Click LOGON
- Respond to your account confirmation email
- Sent from Plantselection Noemail@example.com
Keeping trees and shrubs healthy
- Hiring a tree care professional - Finding and hiring a professional arborist or forester can help you diagnose problems and get professional care for your landscape trees.
- Tree and shrub insects page lists insects that commonly affect Minnesota trees and shrubs.
- See the Plant disease page for more detailed information on tree and shrub diseases.
Non harmful tree conditions include burls, lichens, smooth patch, sooty mold and wetwood.
Water wisely to conserve water and keep plants healthy.
Deciduous trees and shrubs
Deciduous trees and shrubs lose their leaves in the fall and can provide color, texture and interest to your yard.
Boxelder is a hardy tree, not commonly grown for ornamental value, but it's yellow-green flowers can provide interest to spring landscapes.
Common hackberry is a popular native shade and boulevard tree that is durable and provides fruit to wildlife.
River birch is popular for its ornamental peeling bark.
Black chokeberry provides fruit for wildlife well into the winter. It tolerates wet conditions and can be used to control erosion in very wet soils.
Redosier dogwood is native to Minnesota with colorful red or yellow winter bark.
Serviceberry, or juneberry, is a shrub or small tree native to Minnesota. This plant provides interest to the yard all year long.
Tatarian dogwood has colorful winter bark and provides a popular fruit for songbirds.
Winterberry is known for its bright red berries that last through the winter. Don't eat them, though! they are poisonous to humans and pets.
Forsythia is known for its yellow flowers that bloom in early spring.
Mockorange is grown for its fragrant white spring flowers.
Bush honeysuckle is grown for its graceful foliage and flowers that bloom spring through fall.
Evergreen trees and shrubs
Evergreens keep their leaves or needles throughout the year and can act as windbreaks and provide shelter for animals.
Evergreens can be conifers (cone-bearing, needle-like foliage) such as pine, spruce, juniper or arborvitae. They can also be broadleaf (leaf-like foliage) such as boxwood and rhododendron.