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The 55 Best Trees to Plant in Atchison (And 8 Trees to Avoid)


The 55 Best Trees to Plant in Atchison
(And 8 Trees To Avoid)

Atchison is proud to be a Tree City USA. The leafy foliage that shades our homes, streets, and public spaces is important to creating our "sense of place," so maintaining a vibranttree population is important to all of us.

Using the expertise of industry professionals, horticulturalists, arborists, and the community Tree Board, we've put together a run-down of the 55 best trees to plant in Atchison based. Unfortunately, not every tree is compatible with our climate or well-suited to city life, so we've also covered the trees you want to avoid, especially if you're planting in an easement or right-of-way.


The Must List: 55 Best Trees

Small Trees
  1. Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum)
  2. Amur Maple (Acer tataricum var. ginnala);Cultivars: 'Compactum', 'Flame', and other improved selections
  3. Serviceberry (Amelanchier x grandiflora);Cultivars: 'Autumn Brilliance'
  4. Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis);Cultivars: 'Alba', 'Forest Pansy'
  5. Oklahoma Redbud (Cercis canadensis subspecies texensis 'Oklahoma')
  6. Chinese Fringetree (Chionanthus retusus)
  7. White Fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus)
  8. Common Smoketree (Cotinus spp.)
  9. Winterberry Euonymus (Euonymus bungeanus)
  10. Star Magnolia (Magnolia stellata)
  11. Sweetbay Magnolia (Magnolia virginiana)
  12. Flowering Crabapple (Malus spp.);Cultivars: 'Prairiefire', 'Adirondack', 'Adams', 'Sargeant', and other improved selections
  13. Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana);Cultivars: 'Canada Red Select'
  14. Japanese Tree Lilac (Syringa reticulate);Cultivar: 'Ivory Silk'
Medium Trees
  1. Trident Maple (Acer buergeiranum)
  2. Hedge Maple (Acer campestre);Cultivars: 'Evelyn'
  3. Paperbark Maple (Acer griseum)
  4. Shantung Maple (Acer truncatum);Cultivars: 'Keithsform', 'Warrensred'
  5. American Hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana)
  6. American Yellowwood (Cladrastis kentukea)
  7. Goldenraintree (Koelreuteria paniculata)
  8. Osage Orange (Maclura pomifera); Cultivars: 'Wichita', 'Whiteshield;' Fruitless and thornless cultivars only
  9. Saucer Magnolia (Magnolia x soulangiana)
  10. Flowering Crabapple (Malus spp.); Cultivars: 'Centurion', 'Ralph Shay', 'Spring Snow', 'Inglis', 'Red Splendor'
  11. Hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)
  12. Callery Pear (Pyrus calleryana);Cultivars: 'Chanticleer', 'Capital', 'Aristocrat', 'Redspire'. 'Bradford' is not an recommended cultivar.
  13. Chinkapin Oak (Quercus muehlenbergii)
  14. Western Soapberry (Sapindus drummonddii)

Large Trees

  1. Freeman Maple (Acer x freemanii);Cultivars: 'Armstrong', 'Jeffersred'
  2. Norway Maple (Acer platanoides); Cultivars: 'Emerald Queen', 'Superform', 'Fairview', 'Crimson King', 'Royal Red'
  3. Red Maple (Acer rubrum);Cultivars: 'Red Sunset', 'Autumn Flame', 'Magnificent Magenta'
  4. Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum);Cultivars: 'Commemoration', 'Legacy', 'Fall Fiesta', 'Bonfire'
  5. River Birch (Betula nigra);Cultivars: 'Heritage'
  6. European Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus)
  7. Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana)
  8. Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba);Cultivars: 'Autumn Gold', 'Princeton Sentry', 'Magyar'
  9. Thornless Honeylocust (Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis);Cultivars: 'Shademaster', 'Skyline', 'Imperial'
  10. Kentucky Coffeetree (Gymnocladus dioicus)
  11. Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua)
  12. Black Tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica)
  13. London Planetree (Platanus x acerifolia);Cultivar: 'Bloodgood'
  14. Sawtooth Oak (Quercus acutissima)
  15. White Oak (Quercus alba)
  16. Swamp White Oak (Quercus bicolor)
  17. Shingle Oak (Quercus imbricaria)
  18. Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa)
  19. Willow Oak (Quercus phellos)
  20. Chestnut Oak (Quercus prinus)
  21. English Oak (Quercus robur)
  22. Red Oak (Quercus rubra)
  23. Shumard Oak (Quercus shumardii)
  24. Baldcypress (Taxodium distichum)
  25. American Linden (Tilia Americana);Cultivars: 'Redmond'
  26. Littleleaf Linden (Tilia cordata);Cultivars: 'Greenspire'
  27. Lacebark Elm (Ulmus parvifolia);Cultivars: 'Emer I', 'Emer II', 'Emerald Prairie', 'Frontier'


TreesTo Avoid

1. Box Elder (Acer negundo)

2. Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima)

3. Elms (Ulmus spp.) except for U. parvifolia and U. americana.

4. Green Ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

5. Willows (Salix spp.)

6. Cottonwoods and Poplars (Populus spp.)

7. Edible Fruit Trees

8. "Evergreens" such as Pines (Pinus spp.), Spruces (Picea spp.), and Firs (Abies spp.)


For more information on tree species and street trees, call our Public Works HelpLine at 913/367-5561.