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 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 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, 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 Perennial Tree Shade, Part-shade Moist
Chionanthus virginicus White fringetree, Fringe tree, Grancy Graybeard Perennial Tree Part-shade Moist
Cladrastis kentukea Kentucky yellowwood, Yellowwood, Gopherwood, Virgilia Perennial Tree Part-shade
Clethra alnifolia Coastal sweet pepperbush, Clethra, Summer sweet Perennial Shrub Sun, Shade, Part-shade Wet, Moist
Cornus florida Flowering dogwood, Virginia dogwood Perennial Tree Shade, Part-shade Moist, Dry
Cyrilla racemiflora Swamp titi, Titi, Leatherwood, Swamp cyrilla, 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 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, Silverbell tree Perennial Tree Part-shade
Hydrangea quercifolia Oakleaf hydrangea, Oak-leaf hydrangea Perennial Shrub Shade Moist
Ilex decidua Possumhaw, Possumhaw Holly, Deciduous Holly, Winterberry, Deciduous yaupon Perennial Shrub Sun, Part-shade Moist
Ilex glabra Inkberry, Gallberry Perennial Shrub Part-shade Wet, Moist
Ilex opaca American holly, Christmas holly Perennial Tree Sun, Shade, Part-shade Wet, Dry
Ilex verticillata Common 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 Perennial Shrub Part-shade Moist
Juglans nigra Black walnut, Eastern black walnut Perennial Tree Sun, Part-shade Moist
Juniperus virginiana Eastern red cedar, Eastern redcedar, Virginia juniper 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, Bull bay Perennial Tree Part-shade Dry
Magnolia macrophylla Bigleaf magnolia Perennial Tree Part-shade
Morella cerifera Wax myrtle, Southern bayberry, Candleberry Perennial Shrub Sun, Part-shade Wet, Moist
Ostrya virginiana Eastern hop-hornbeam, Hophornbeam, Ironwood 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, Old field 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, Buttonwood, Plane-tree, Sycamore Perennial Tree Sun, Shade, Part-shade Moist
Quercus alba White oak, Northern 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, Spanish oak Perennial Tree Part-shade Dry
Quercus nigra Water oak Perennial Tree Part-shade Wet
Quercus phellos Willow oak Perennial Tree Part-shade Moist
Quercus shumardii Shumard oak, Shumard's oak, Shumard red oak, Southern red oak Perennial Tree Sun, Part-shade Moist, Dry
Quercus virginiana Coastal live oak, Southern live oak, Live oak Perennial Tree Sun, Part-shade Moist
Rhapidophyllum hystrix Needle palm, Blue palmetto Perennial Shrub Part-shade
Sabal minor Dwarf palmetto, Palmetto, Bush palmetto Perennial Shrub Sun, Shade, Part-shade Moist, Dry
Sabal palmetto Cabbage palmetto, Cabbage palm Perennial Tree Part-shade
Sassafras albidum Sassafras 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 Perennial Tree Sun, Part-shade Moist
Tsuga canadensis Eastern hemlock Perennial Tree Shade, Part-shade Moist
Vaccinium arboreum Farkleberry, Tree sparkleberry, Sparkleberry Perennial Tree Part-shade Dry
Viburnum acerifolium Mapleleaf viburnum, Maple-leaf viburnum, Arrow-wood, Maple-leaf arrow-wood 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 Shrub yellowroot, Yellowroot Perennial Shrub Shade
Yucca filamentosa Adam's needle Perennial Cactus/Succulent Sun Dry