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50 Desirable Trees for the Midwest








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Trees not only add beauty and value to property but also enhance the physical environment by providing shade, reflecting heat, and blocking wind. Choosing the right trees for the right location and conditions, however, is not always easy: each species has its own requirements for sunlight, water, drainage, and protection.

Landscaping with Trees in the Midwest describes sixty-five
desirable tree species, their characteristics, and their uses. More than 325 color photographs illustrate the appearance of each species through the seasons — including height, shape, bark, flowers, and fall colors — as well as other factors that influence
selection and siting.

This guidebook also considers trees as a factor in overall environmental health and gives special consideration to the effects of the emerald ash borer, offering replacement alternatives for vulnerable areas. In addition to the text and photos, Landscaping
with Trees in the Midwest
includes a table of growth rates and sizes, a map of hardiness zones, and other valuable reference tools to help the landscape professional or homeowner make informed choices. —Scott Zanon

Published by Ohio Swallow Press

A review of Landscaping with Trees in the Midwest from Urban-Forestry.com. Download the PDF file of the review

A review of Landscaping with Trees in the Midwest by James Chatfield in Buckeye Yard and Garden Online (Oct. 23, 2014)

A review of Landscaping with Trees in the Midwest by the Chicago Botanic Garden

Landscaping with Trees in the Midwest praised by Better Homes and Gardens (Oct. 13, 2014)

Scott's interview and article published in The Akron Beacon Journal (Aug. 29, 2014)
Author urges choosing the right tree for your yard (PDF)

Scott's interview and article published in The Columbus Dispatch (July 27, 2014)
Update Fleshes Out Best Trees For Region (PDF)

Scott's Resolution of Appreciation from the city of Upper Arlington, Ohio.
Resolution of Appreciation (PDF)

Read articles by Scott Zanon from Ohio Gardener magazine:
OH Gardener Jan-Feb 2014.pdf - Trees With Ornamental Bark
OH Gardener March-April 2014.pdf - Replacements For Ash Trees
OH Gardener Sept-Oct 2014.pdf - Trees For Fall Color
OH Gardener Nov-Dec 2014.pdf - Site Specific Trees To Consider

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  • “There are encyclopedia types of
    books that list all possible trees.…
    Zanon has taken a different approach
    and compiled an excellent reference
    for desirable trees for the landscape.”

    Dr. Steven Still,
    Executive Director, Perennial Plant
    Association and emeritus professor,
    Ohio State University

  • About the Author

  • Scott A. Zanon is an accomplished gardener and a consultant providing advice and services to the green industry regarding tree and turfgrass planting and maintenance. He holds degrees in agronomy and horticulture from The Ohio State University and is the author of Desirable Trees for the Midwest as well as numerous articles on gardening.

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