Rent Shop Volunteer Join

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions

Please forgive us, but Mr. Smarty Plants has been overwhelmed by a flood of mail and must take a break for awhile to catch up. We hope to be accepting new questions again soon. Thank you!

Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.

 
rate this answer
1 rating

Tuesday - May 13, 2008

From: Ithaca, NY
Region: Northeast
Topic: Trees
Title: Small tree to plant with high bush blueberry plants
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

Dear Mr. Smarty Plants, I have four wonderful new highbush blueberry plants. I like to plant a native tree nearby to accent them, but cannot find a suitable one. I'd like a tree that is not going to be gigantic, and preferably an evergreen but am open to other possibilities. Do you have suggestions?

ANSWER:

Congratulations on your Vaccinium corymbosum (highbush blueberry) bushes! You can find a list of trees native to New York by visiting our Native Plant Database and using the Combination Search feature. If you choose New York from the "Select State or Province" category and "Tree" from the "Habit (general appearance)" category, you will find a list of 180 trees from which to choose. I've picked out a few from the list that are moderate in height (most below 60 feet) for your consideration, but there are many more for you to consider.


EVERGREEN

Most of the evergreen trees are taller than 60 feet, but here are a few of the smaller ones:

Chamaecyparis thyoides (Atlantic white cedar) 40-75 feet

Ilex opaca (American holly) 25-60 feet

Juniperus virginiana (eastern redcedar) 30-40 feet

Thuja occidentalis (arborvitae) 40-60 feet and photos and more information


DECIDUOUS

Acer pensylvanicum (striped maple) 20-40 feet and more photos and information

Acer spicatum (mountain maple) 20-35 feet and more photos and information

Here a link comparing features of maples (Acer spp.)

Cladrastis kentukea (Kentucky yellowwood) 30-50 feet

Nyssa sylvatica (blackgum) 30-60 feet

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen) 35-50 feet

Sassafras albidum (sassafras) 35-50 feet


DECIDUOUS (WITH SHOWY FLOWERS)

Catalpa bignonioides (southern catalpa) 25-40 feet

Cercis canadensis (eastern redbud) 15-30 feet

Cornus florida (flowering dogwood) 20-40 feet

Magnolia tripetala (umbrella-tree) 15-45 feet and more photos and information


Chamaecyparis thyoides

Ilex opaca

Juniperus virginiana

Acer pensylvanicum

Acer spicatum

Cladrastis kentukea

Nyssa sylvatica

Populus tremuloides

Sassafras albidum

Catalpa bignonioides

Cercis canadensis

Cornus florida

Magnolia tripetala

 

 

More Trees Questions

Need suggestions for plants for a privacy screen for a pecan orchard in Chappell Hill, TX.
September 21, 2011 - Mr. Smarty Plants, My family has just begun converting our land in Chappell Hill, TX (Washington County) into a pecan orchard. We had to clear a lot of the overgrowth around the edge of the proper...
view the full question and answer

Trees with white blossoms in Crockett, Texas
March 21, 2015 - What are the trees that are blooming just East of Crockett Texas (off of Hwy 21) right now - fairly large trees - multitude of white blooms - almost like a wild plum or pear, but tree seems too large?...
view the full question and answer

Potential danger of oak wilt in live oaks in Dallas, TX
February 17, 2005 - Do you have or know of any recent publications that discuss a potential oak wilt problem in live oaks in the Dallas area? We strongly believe that live oaks have a great landscape value and are tryi...
view the full question and answer

Lighting for the Wildflower Center from Austin
December 16, 2012 - Hello Mr Smarty, On a recent night trip to the Center, there was an oak that was beautifully lit for the holidays. It seemed to come from one ground light, but cast hundreds of glistening "stars"...
view the full question and answer

Shade tree for Southern California
November 14, 2013 - I had to cut down my huge ficus tree for several reasons, however it provided lots of shade, that we miss. Can you help me find a good shade tree with non-invasive roots that is good for growing and p...
view the full question and answer

Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.