Common Tree Species
Below you will find information on tree species and pests that are common to Utah and services we provide.
Anything from diagnosing plant health to spraying, trimming, pruning, removal and many others.
A tough, durable, large tree used extensively in Utah in landscapes since pioneer times.
Lilac borers can be an especially severe problem that is difficult to treat effectively, though they may be most likely to affect stressed trees.
Over-planted in Utah; also found where homes are built into native aspen areas. Native trees do well, but aspen does not like the heat and dry conditions in our lower valleys. Best grown in cooler high-mountain climates that it is used to.
Very common, but undesirable as an ornamental in all except the worst conditions.
Boxelder bugs can be a nuisance where female trees are found (they feed on the fruit). Weak-wooded due to rapid growth, Boxelder pose a moderate risk of failure, creating many potential hazards.
Native to Mountainous areas of Utah, normally a slow grower that is fire and drought resistant. However does not grow well in shaded areas, needs direct sunlight. Needles grow in groups of 2 and are 3" to 10 " long. Occasionally used in landscape as an anchor tree where a large long needle pine can take up a large portion of a yard.
Where native it is usually found near streams and lakes. Prefers abundant water. The species was originally planted quite a bit by Utah's settlers. Those planted now are mostly hybrids chosen for their fast growth rate, disease resistance, and cottonless characteristics (usually male trees). Still, like all cottonwoods and poplars, is weak-wooded and does not belong near lots of people or valuable property.
Native to higher elevations in Utah. A long life and slow growing tree that does not grow well in shade areas. Needles grow in groups of 5 and are 1.5" to 3" long, not commonly used in landscaping but have a nice blue-green needle color and are nice accent trees when used.
Native to higher elevations in Northern Utah and throughout the western United States. Slow growing trees that grow in dense groups with other Lodgepole Pines. These are somewhat drought resistant, and do not grow well in shaded areas. Only occasionally planted in landscape, when a natural less manicured appearance is desired.
Very commonly found in the foothills along the Wasatch Front. Grow well in dry tough areas, with a think cuticle on the leaves making it fairly drought resistant. It can be a very desirable landscape tree, because of it grove mentality, and clumpy growth form they are a great species to use when sectioning off a yard to neighboring areas.
Leaf Blight and Anthracnose are the most common pests for this species.
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Commonly but incorrectly called Chinese Elm, Siberian Elm was much planted through Utah. This Elm seeds in and spreads aggressively which has spread quickly through the Valleys in Utah. Fast Growing, weak wooded, that is disease and insect prone.
Elm Leaf Beetle, Leaf Spot and Scale are the most common pests for this species.
Very popular tree in Utah with a medium growth rate and are fairly strong. Intermediate shade tolerance, Maples are very pretty trees with several varieties of leaves from dark purple, to bright green ranging from 4" to 7" wide and long.
Large Flowering shade tree that grows well in Utah, drought resistant and adapts well to harsh conditions. It is a high maintenance flowering tree that tends to be messy, dropping leaves, flowers, and pods all at different times through out the year. Leaves are large heart shaped and typically range from 6"-12" long, most common indicator are the long fruit capsules or seed pods 8"-20" long.
Slow to medium growth rate that grows 40'- 60' at maturity. Full sun is the ideal planting location and condition for the tree, meaning that it should get 6 hours of direct sunlight every day at a minimum. Easily recognizable by it reddish bark, which makes it fairly common in Utah landscape. Very commonly used for Christmas trees, they can also be a great addition to landscaping in Utah.
Native to Pacific coastal states and Rocky Mountain states, including Utah. Not a true fir, it is a western timber pine, mostly found in native areas, but can be found in Utah Landscape. 1" needles flat and blunt.