Native Plants for Georgia

This collection, by the University of Georgia Department of Horticulture, presents close to six dozen native trees, shrubs, and woody vines that are available in the nursery trade and are especially suitable for landscape use.


Scientific Name Common Name Duration Habit Sun Water
Acer barbatum Southern sugar maple, Florida maple, Caddo maple, Rock maple Perennial Tree Part-shade Dry
Acer rubrum Red maple, Scarlet maple, Soft maple Perennial Tree Sun, Part-shade Moist
Acer saccharum Sugar maple, Northern sugar maple Perennial Tree Sun, Shade, Part-shade Moist, Dry
Aesculus parviflora Bottlebrush buckeye Perennial Shrub Part-shade
Aesculus pavia Scarlet Buckeye, Red buckeye, Firecracker plant Perennial Shrub, Tree Part-shade Moist
Betula nigra River birch, Red birch, Black birch, Water birch Perennial Tree Part-shade Moist
Bignonia capreolata Crossvine Perennial Vine Sun, Part-shade Moist, Dry
Callicarpa americana American beautyberry , French mulberry Perennial Shrub Part-shade Moist
Calycanthus floridus Eastern sweetshrub, Carolina allspice, Sweet shrub Perennial Shrub Part-shade Moist
Carpinus caroliniana American hornbeam, Blue beech, Water beech, Musclewood, Ironwood Perennial Tree Shade, Part-shade Moist
Cephalanthus occidentalis Common buttonbush, Buttonbush, Button willow Perennial Shrub Shade, Part-shade Wet, Moist
Cercis canadensis Eastern redbud, Redbud, Duraznillo Perennial Tree Shade, Part-shade Moist
Chionanthus virginicus White fringetree, Fringe tree, Snowflower tree, Flowering ash, Old man's beard, Grandfather graybeard, Grancy graybeard Perennial Tree Part-shade Moist
Cladrastis kentukea Kentucky yellowwood, Yellowwood, Gopherwood, Virgilia Perennial Tree Part-shade
Clethra alnifolia Coastal pepperbush, Coastal sweet pepperbush, Coastal sweet pepper, Alderleaf pepperbush, Alderleaf clethra, Clethra, Summer sweet Perennial Shrub Sun, Shade, Part-shade Wet, Moist
Cornus florida Flowering dogwood, Virginia dogwood, Florida dogwood, White cornel, Arrowwood, American boxwood, False box, St. Peter's crown, Corona de san pedro Perennial Tree Shade, Part-shade Moist, Dry
Cyrilla racemiflora Titi, Swamp titi, Black titi, White titi, Red titi, Leatherwood, Swamp cyrilla, American cyrilla, Burnwood bark, Palo colorado Perennial Tree Part-shade Wet
Euonymus americanus American strawberry bush, Strawberry bush, Brook euonymus, Hearts-a-burstin, Bursting heart, Wahoo Perennial Shrub Part-shade Moist
Fothergilla gardenii Dwarf witchalder, Dwarf witch-alder, Dwarf fothergilla Perennial Shrub Sun, Part-shade
Gelsemium sempervirens Carolina Jessamine, Yellow Jessamine, Evening Trumpetflower, Poor Man's Rope Perennial Vine Sun, Part-shade Moist
Halesia tetraptera Mountain silverbell, Carolina silverbell, Four-wing silverbell, Silverbell tree Perennial Tree Part-shade
Hydrangea quercifolia Oakleaf hydrangea, Oak-leaf hydrangea Perennial Shrub Shade Moist
Ilex decidua Possumhaw, Possumhaw holly, Deciduous holly, Meadow holly, Prairie holly, Swamp holly, Welk holly, Deciduous yaupon, Bearberry, Winterberry Perennial Shrub Sun, Part-shade Moist
Ilex glabra Inkberry, Gallberry Perennial Shrub Part-shade Wet, Moist
Ilex opaca American holly, White holly, Prickly holly, Evergreen holly, Christmas holly, Yule holly Perennial Tree Sun, Shade, Part-shade Wet, Dry
Ilex verticillata Common winterberry, Winterberry, Michigan holly, Black alder Perennial Tree Sun, Shade, Part-shade Wet, Moist, Dry
Ilex vomitoria Yaupon, Yaupon Holly, Cassina Perennial Shrub, Tree Sun, Shade, Part-shade Moist, Dry
Illicium floridanum Florida anisetree, Florida anise, Anise tree, Stinkbush Perennial Shrub Part-shade
Illicium parviflorum Yellow anisetree, Small anisetree, Star anise Perennial Shrub Part-shade Moist
Itea virginica Virginia sweetspire, Tassel-white, Virginia willow Perennial Shrub Part-shade Moist
Juglans nigra Black walnut, Eastern black walnut, American black walnut Perennial Tree Sun, Part-shade Moist
Juniperus virginiana Eastern red cedar, Eastern redcedar, Virginia juniper, Red juniper, Pencil cedar, Carolina cedar, Red savin, Baton rouge Perennial Tree Sun, Shade, Part-shade Dry
Liriodendron tulipifera Tulip tree, Tulip poplar, Yellow poplar Perennial Tree Sun, Shade, Part-shade Moist
Lonicera sempervirens Coral honeysuckle, Trumpet honeysuckle, Woodbine Perennial Vine Sun, Part-shade Moist
Magnolia grandiflora Southern magnolia, Evergreen magnolia, Loblolly magnolia, Great laurel magnolia, Big laurel, Bull bay Perennial Tree Part-shade Dry
Magnolia macrophylla Bigleaf magnolia Perennial Tree Part-shade
Morella cerifera Wax myrtle , Southern wax myrtle, Southern bayberry, Eastern bayberry, Bayberry, Candleberry, Tallow shrub Perennial Shrub Sun, Part-shade Wet, Moist
Ostrya virginiana Eastern hop-hornbeam, American hop-hornbeam, Woolly hop-hornbean, Eastern ironwood, Roughbark ironwood, Ironwood, Deerwood, Leverwood Perennial Tree Sun, Shade, Part-shade Moist, Dry
Oxydendrum arboreum Sourwood, Sorrel tree Perennial Tree Part-shade
Parthenocissus quinquefolia Virginia creeper Perennial Vine Sun, Shade, Part-shade Moist
Pinckneya bracteata Fevertree, Pinckneya, Feverbark, Poinsettia tree, Georgia bark Perennial Shrub Part-shade
Pinus taeda Loblolly pine, Oldfield pine, Bull pine, Rosemary pine Perennial Tree Part-shade Dry
Pinus virginiana Virginia pine, Jersey pine, Scrub pine Perennial Tree Sun Moist
Platanus occidentalis American sycamore, Eastern sycamore, American plane tree, Plane tree, Buttonwood, Buttonball tree Perennial Tree Sun, Shade, Part-shade Moist
Quercus alba White oak, Northern white oak, Eastern white oak, Stave oak, Ridge white oak, Forked-leaf white oak Perennial Tree Sun, Shade, Part-shade Moist, Dry
Quercus coccinea Scarlet oak, Red oak Perennial Tree Sun Moist
Quercus falcata Southern red oak, Bottomland red oak, Three-lobed red oak, Spanish oak Perennial Tree Part-shade Dry
Quercus nigra Water oak, Possum oak, Duck oak, Punk oak, Spotted oak Perennial Tree Part-shade Wet
Quercus phellos Willow oak, Swamp willow oak, Pin oak, Peach oak Perennial Tree Part-shade Moist
Quercus shumardii Shumard oak, Shumard's oak, Shumard red oak, Southern red oak, Swamp red oak, Spotted oak Perennial Tree Sun, Part-shade Moist, Dry
Quercus virginiana Coastal live oak, Southern live oak, Virginia live oak, Live oak, Encino Perennial Tree Sun, Part-shade Moist
Rhapidophyllum hystrix Needle palm, Blue palmetto Perennial Shrub Part-shade
Sabal minor Dwarf palmetto, Bush palmetto, Palmetto Perennial Shrub Sun, Shade, Part-shade Moist, Dry
Sabal palmetto Cabbage palmetto, Cabbage palm Perennial Tree Part-shade
Sassafras albidum Sassafras, White Sassafras, Ague Tree, Cinnamon Wood, Mitten Tree, Saloop, Smelling Stick Perennial Tree Sun, Shade, Part-shade Moist
Styrax americanus American snowbell, American snowbells, American silverbells, Big-leaf snowbell, Storax Perennial Tree Part-shade Wet
Taxodium distichum Bald cypress, Baldcypress, Common bald cypress, Southern bald cypress, Deciduous cypress, Southern cypress, Swamp cypress, Red cypress, White cypress, Yellow cypress, Gulf cypress, Tidewater red cypress Perennial Tree Sun, Part-shade Moist
Tsuga canadensis Eastern hemlock Perennial Tree Shade, Part-shade Moist
Vaccinium arboreum Farkleberry, Tree sparkleberry, Sparkleberry, Winter huckleberry, Huckleberry Perennial Tree Part-shade Dry
Viburnum acerifolium Mapleleaf viburnum, Maple-leaf viburnum, Maple-leaf arrowwood, Arrowwood Perennial Shrub Sun, Shade, Part-shade Moist, Dry
Wisteria frutescens American wisteria, Texas wisteria, Kentucky wisteria Perennial Vine Sun, Shade, Part-shade Moist
Xanthorhiza simplicissima Yellowroot, Shrub yellowroot Perennial Shrub Shade
Yucca filamentosa Adam's needle Perennial Cactus/Succulent Sun Dry