W.S. Yoe Nurseries | Trees and Shrubs
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Trees have been in existence for 370 million years and experts estimate that there are over 3 trillion mature trees in the world today. In botany, a tree is a perennial plant with an elongated stem, or trunk, supporting branches and leaves in most species.

  • Trunks typically contains woody tissue that provides strength, and vascular tissue to carry materials from one part of the tree to another. Almost all types of trees surround their trunk with a layer of bark which serves as a protective barrier.
  • Roots branch and spread widely in different ways for different species. The universal purpose they serve is to anchor the tree and extract moisture and nutrients from the soil.
  • Branches consist of many layers of primary and secondary shoots. These shoots usually bear leaves, which capture light energy, providing the food for the tree’s growth and development. Trees much like other plants flower when in season.
  • Flowers for trees may take the form of a traditional flower, fruit, pollen cones or seed cones.

Popular Zone 5 Trees

  • Cleveland Select Pear
  • Honey Locust

Popular Multi-Zone Safe Trees

  • Redbud
  • Newport Plum
  • Saucer Magnolia
  • Dogwood
  • Hemlock

Popular Zone 6 Trees

  • American Arborvitae
  • Norway Spruce
  • Eastern White Pine
  • Japanese Red Maple
  • Douglas Fir


Shrubs are a common addition to most landscaping projects. An area of cultivated shrubs is known as a shrubbery. Shrubs are small to medium-sized woody plants by are distinguished from a tree by their multiple stems and short height.

Some plants species may grow into a form of shrub or tree. Plants such as lavender, periwinkle and most small garden varieties of roses which grow under 7 ft tall are often termed subshrubs. When clipped as topiary, suitable species or varieties of shrubs develop dense foliage and many small leafy branches growing close together. Many shrubs respond well to renewal pruning while other shrubs respond better to selective pruning to reveal their character.

Popular Zone 5 Shrubs

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Popular Multi-Zone Safe Shrubs

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Popular Zone 6 Shrubs

  • Hydrangea
  • Rose
  • Rose of Sharon
  • Azalea