Height: 15-25 feetSpread: 20 feetZones: 5-8
Fall color: Maroon to orange
Care: Plant in dappled shade so delicate leaves won’t burn in summer; not particular about its soil; keep moisture consistent, especially during dry spells.
Value add: Slow-growing (it won’t outgrow its home); great planted alone or in groups; songbirds, squirrels, and chipmunks love the seeds.
Image: Brim Bert Berry on Flickr
Height: 15 feetSpread: 20 feetZones: 6-9
Fall color: Yellow, orange, red
Care: Plant in shade (though it will take full sun); keep soil moist; prune often to prevent branches from running wild.
Value add: Unusual arching and twisting branches that provide year-round interest and curb appeal; good for urban gardens and large containers; usually pest- and disease-free.
Image: Rhone Street Gardens blog
Height: 6-10 feetSpread: 6-10 feetZones: 5-9
Fall color: Maroon to red-purple
strong>Care: Likes partial shade to full sun; prefers moist loam but grows in a wide range of soil types.
Value add: Versatile tree; good as an accent, foundation, border, or street-side planting; edible (but acidic) blue-purple berries.
Image: Natural Landscapes Nursery
Height: 50-70 feetSpread: 35 feetZones: 2-7
Fall color: Bright yellow
Care: Keep moist and mulched, especially in high heat and low-water conditions.
Value add: Year-round interest from dark red bark on young stems that turns creamy white on mature trunks; tap the trunk in spring for sap you can make into beer, syrup, and vinegar.
Image: Michelle Sheets
Height: 60-75 feetSpread: 40-50 feetZones: 3-8
Fall color: Red, orange, gold
Care: Likes fertile, moist, well-draining soil; avoid planting near streets, because it’s salt-sensitive.
Value add: Long-living, up to 500 years; lots of shade from its dense crown; syrup from sap in spring.
Image: Simply Turquoise
Height: 10-15 feetSpread: 12 feetZones: 5-8
Fall color: Magenta and purple
Care: Thrives in diverse, well-draining soil; likes a sunny home best.
Value add: Deer resistant; stunning accent tree or colorful shrub border; unusual wispy pink blooms in spring.
Image: Erin Lau Design
Height: 40-60 feetSpread: 25-60 feetZones: 4-8
Fall color: Orange, gold, red
Care: OK, this one needs some special care — protection from wind and hot afternoon rays — but its unusual, open spread of up to 60 feet make it worth the effort.
Value add: Fallen leaves can smell like cinnamon or burnt sugar — yummy!
Image: Shannon Loftis
Height: 25-30 feetSpread: 20 feetZones: 5-9
Fall color: Scarlet, purple foliage; silvery capsules
Care: Likes acidic and rich soil; keep moist.
Value add: Capsules provide winter interest, too; tree attracts bees that produce prized sourwood honey.
Image: Magnolia Garden Center, Seattle
Height: 50-70 feetSpread: 40-50 feetZones: 4-9
Fall color: Bright scarlet
Care: Plant in dry-to-average, well-draining soil; even tolerates sandy conditions. Give it plenty of room to grow.
Value add: Fast growing; grind its acorns to thicken stews; large songbirds and wild turkeys love it.