The CCDS community is piloting a rewards program with Natorp’s Nursery
Outlet and Taking Root, a regional reforestation campaign convened by Ohio
Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI), the Green Partnership
for Greater Cincinnati, the Green Umbrella, and the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical
Garden to address the current historic loss of our region’s tree canopy.
WAYS YOU CAN HELP:
Natorp’s Nursery Outlet, a Taking Root Partner Organization, is offering the
CCDS community this catalog of mostly native tree species, many of which are
excellent replacements for the millions of ash trees affected by the Emerald Ash
Borer. When you use the code on the back of this booklet to purchase trees
for your home from Natorp’s, they will donate a percentage of the purchase
to Taking Root and a percentage to CCDS so we can better manage our tree
habitats on our beautiful 62 acre campus.
WHY PLANT TREES:
A healthy tree canopy is important for its ability to absorb greenhouse gasses
and pollutants while decreasing surface runoff and soil erosion. Also, planting trees strategically around your home can increase property values and
decrease home energy bills, in addition to providing aesthetic benefits and wildlife habitat.
RED & FREEMAN
SHADE TREE WITH ORNAMENTAL FLAIR
Mature Growth: 40-60ft
Red & Freeman maple are named for their red flowers, red fruit, red twigs, and
of course, brilliant red fall foliage! Small red flowers appear on red maples early
in the spring from March to April. Their fruit (called samaras) matures in June.
They are fast-growing trees that reach 40 to 60 feet or more in height.
SHADE TREE WITH OUTSTANDING FALL FOLIAGE
Between 1536 and 1542, Jacques Cartier and his companions were intrigued by
a tree they believed to be large walnut tree, but when they cut, they discovered
copious amounts of maple water spurted out. The Sugar maple is best known
for its bright fall foliage and for being the primary source of maple syrup. It is
also among the most shade tolerant of the large decidious trees.
SHADE TREE WITH SHOWY SPRING FLOWERS
Before Ohio was known as the “buckeye state” and before the buckeye nut was
not yet the mascot for The Ohio State University, Native Americans discovered
a tree with the glossy, chestnut-brown seeds with the lighter circular eye looked
similar to the eye of a buck (male deer). The buckeye nut is just one unique
aspect of the tree. It is also known for its early showy spring flowers, which
bloom as early as many woodland wildflowers, and for the striking orange and
yellow color show its leaves produce in late summer or autumn.
SHADE TREE WITH EXCELLENT FALL COLOR
A tree with historical significance, Don Bernal Diaz del Castillo, who accompanied Cortez in 1519, was a witness to ceremonies between Cortez and
Montezuma. During the ceremony, both partook of a liquid amber extracted from
a sweetgum tree. The sweetgum is an attractive tree for the landscape with
its star-shaped leaves, a neatly compact crown, unusual fruit and interesting
corky twigs. It brings excellent fall color with the glossy leaves turning beautiful
shades of yellow, orange, red and purple in the autumn.
SHADE TREE WITH UNUSUAL SPRING FLOWERS
This is the tree that caught the admiration by George Washington who had a
tuliptree planted in 1785 to be the official Mount Vernon’s Bicentennial Tree.
It was the wood of the tuliptree that Daniel Boon used to carve out a canoe to
carry his family from Kentucky to the western frontier. Today, it is admired in
landscapes for its beautiful late spring flower show that brings large, yellow and
orange, tulip-shaped flowers and for its golden fall color.
SHADE TREE WITH BOLD FALL FOLIAGE
Also known as the Tupelo tree, this tree is cherished by honey producers who
use it to produce the expensive Tupelo honey. This bee nurturing tree is also
considered to be the most consistent native tree for bold fall color. The fall foliage varies in hues of yellow, orange, bright red and purple accompanied by
bluish-black fruit. The bark also provides interest as it ages. It resembles an
FAST GROWING SHADE TREE
Mature Growth: 60-90ft+
Native Americans valued the sycamore and used it to produce medicines made
from its bark and leaves and canoes were hollowed out from the long straight
trunks. Today, sycamore trees are valued for being a rapid growing landscape
tree that creates a stately presence. A unique aspect of the Sycamore is its bark
that sheds off of the trunk as the tree matures resembling a piece of camouflage
fabric with the upper branches eventually turning an almost totally white. It is
drought tolerant and can grow in almost any condition.
FAST GROWING OAK VARIETY
Mature Growth: 50-80ft+
In December 1808, Thomas Lincoln, father of Abraham, planted a magnificent
white oak tree that stood at the edge of his farm. It was called the “Boundary
Oak Tree”. It lived to be 195 years old and until its death, historians considered
the great white oak the “last living link” to Abraham Lincoln. The White oak is a
legacy tree that is a consistent and classic addition to the landscape.
SHADE TREE WITH BRILLANT FALL COLOR
Mature Growth: 60-70ft+
The Red oak is considered one of the handsomest, cleanest, and stateliest trees
in North America. It is widely considered a national treasure specifically valued
for its adaptability, usefulness, and hardiness in urban settings. This medium to
large tree is known for its brilliant fall color and great value to wildlife particularly
during winter months.
Mature Growth: 10-30ft+
The story of redbud begins with early settlers using the blossoms as a salad
addition, folk healers using the bark to treat illness and Native American creating bows from its bark. Today, it is admired for the continuous beauty it brings
throughout the year. It starts in early spring with showy pink flowers on bare
branches giving way to attractive heart shaped foliage and ending the year with
golden fall color.
Mature Growth: 15-25ft+
Serviceberry are cherished not only for its Spring time blooms but also for its
berries. Native Americans considered the berries to be medicinal and early settlers harvested them to make jams, jellies and pies. Today, the serviceberry
is cherished for their tiny white to light pink flowers that resemble single petal
roses that appear in Spring. Serviceberries bloom a bit earlier than redbuds and
dogwoods, so they are a good flowering tree to add for a spring succession of
Mature Growth: 8-15ft+
The history of crabapple begins with wild apples. European wild apple root
stock was uese to graft French varieties of apple as far back ast 1066 after
the Norman Conquest. Botanist now believe the crabapples are the survivors
of these wild apple trees. Throughout the 20th century, landscape architects
planted crabapple trees across the United States. It is one of the most long-lived
CHERRY & PLUM
Mature Growth: 15-30ft
Ornamental favorites, the flowering cherry and plum are spectacular harbingers
of Spring. After a winter filled with bare branches, they burst into bloom with
clouds of fluffy, pastel flowers. Many also have great fall color to end the year
with a bang. Their admirers include the bees who can’t seem to get enough of
their beautiful blooms.