Tree Growth Information

Browse info about the needs and cultural requirements for Missouri deciduous trees, evergreens, and shrubs.

Deciduous Trees

American sycamore              

Size: Over 60' 
Soil: Wet
Sun: Partial
Growth: Fast — Has the potential to grow 24 inches or more annually.

Black locust         

Size: 30-60'
Soil: Wide
Sun: Full
Growth: Fast — Has the potential to grow 24 inches or more annually.

Black oak            

Size: Over 60' 
Soil: Average
Sun: Partial
Growth: Medium — 
Between 12 and 24 inches of growth per year

Black walnut            

Size: Over 60' 
Soil: Moist
Sun: Full
Growth: Medium — Between 12 and 24 inches of growth per year

Blackberry    

Size: Under 10'
Soil: Average
Sun: Shade

Growth: Fast — Has the potential to grow 24 inches or more annually.

Blackgum              

Size: Over 60' 
Soil: Moist

Sun: Full
Growth: Slow — Having an annual growth increment of 12 inches or less

Blackhaw    

Size: Under 30' 
Soil: Average
Sun: Full
Growth: Slow — Having an annual growth increment of 12 inches or less

Bur oak              

Size: Over 60' 
Soil: Moist
Sun: Full
Growth: Slow — Having an annual growth increment of 12 inches or less

Cherrybark oak              

Size: Over 60' 
Soil: Wet
Sun: Full
Growth: Fast — Has the potential to grow 24 inches or more annually.

Deciduous holly    

Size: Under 30' 
Soil: Wide
Sun: Partial
Growth: Slow — Having an annual growth increment of 12 inches or less

Downy serviceberry         

Size: 30-60' 
Soil: Average
Sun: Shade
Growth: Medium — Between 12 and 24 inches of growth per year

Eastern cottonwood            

Size: Over 60' 
Soil: Wet

Sun: Full
Growth: Fast — Has the potential to grow 24 inches or more annually.

Eastern redbud    

Size: Under 30' 
Soil: Average
Sun: Shade
Growth: Medium — 
Between 12 and 24 inches of growth per year

Flowering dogwood         

Size: Under 30' 
Soil: Moist
Sun: Shade
Growth: Medium — Between 12 and 24 inches of growth per year

Gray dogwood    

Size: Under 30' 
Soil: Wide range
Sun: Shade
Growth: Medium — Between 12 and 24 inches of growth per year

Green ash       

Size: 30-60' 
Soil: Wet
Sun: Full

Growth: Fast — Has the potential to grow 24 inches or more annually.

Hackberry              

Size: Over 60' 
Soil: Wide range 
Sun: Partial

Growth: Medium — Between 12 and 24 inches of growth per year

Hawthorn  

Size: Under 30' 
Soil: Average
Sun: Full
Growth: Slow — Having an annual growth increment of 12 inches or less

Kentucky coffeetree              

Size: Over 60' 
Soil: Moist

Sun: Full
Growth: Slow — Having an annual growth increment of 12 inches or less

Nannyberry viburnum    

Size: Under 30' 
Soil: Average
Sun: Partial
Growth: Fast — Has the potential to grow 24 inches or more annually.

Northern red oak            

Size: Over 60' 
Soil: Moist
Sun: Partial
Growth: Medium — Between 12 and 24 inches of growth per year

Nuttall oak            

Size: Over 60' 
Soil: Wet
Sun: Full
Growth: Fast — Has the potential to grow 24 inches or more annually.

Osage orange         

Size: 30-60' 
Soil: Wide range
Sun: Full
Growth: Fast — Has the potential to grow 24 inches or more annually.

Pawpaw    

Size: Under 30' 
Soil: Moist
Sun: Shade
Growth: Slow — Having an annual growth increment of 12 inches or less

Pecan              

Size: Over 60' 
Soil: Moist
Sun: Full
Growth: Slow — Having an annual growth increment of 12 inches or less

Persimmon         

Size: 30-60' 
Soil: Average
Sun: Full
Growth: Slow — Having an annual growth increment of 12 inches or less

Pin oak            

Size: Over 60' 
Soil: Wet
Sun: Full
Growth: Fast — Has the potential to grow 24 inches or more annually.

Red mulberry         

Size: 30-60' 
Soil: Average

Sun: Partial
Growth: Fast — 
Has the potential to grow 24 inches or more annually.

River birch       

Size: 30-60' 
Soil: Moist

Sun: Full
Growth: Fast — Has the potential to grow 24 inches or more annually.

Roughleaf dogwood    

Size: Under 30' 
Soil: Average
Sun: Shade
Growth: Medium — Between 12 and 24 inches of growth per year

Scarlet oak            

Size: Over 60' 
Soil: Average
Sun: Full
Growth: Medium — Between 12 and 24 inches of growth per year

Shagbark hickory              

Size: Over 60' 
Soil: Average
Sun: Partial
Growth: Slow — Having an annual growth increment of 12 inches or less

Shellbark hickory              

Size: Over 60' 
Soil: Moist
Sun: Partial
Growth: Slow — Having an annual growth increment of 12 inches or less

Shumard oak              

Size: Over 60' 
Soil: Moist
Sun: Partial
Growth: Medium — Between 12 and 24 inches of growth per year

Silver maple              

Size: Over 60' 
Soil: Wet
Sun: Partial
Growth: Fast — Has the potential to grow 24 inches or more annually.

Sweetgum              

Size: Over 60' 
Soil: Moist
Sun: Full
Growth: Medium — Between 12 and 24 inches of growth per year

Tulip tree         

Size: 30-60' 
Soil: Moist
Sun: Partial
Growth: Medium — Between 12 and 24 inches of growth per year

Ward's willow    

Size: Under 30' 
Soil: Wet
Sun: Full
Growth: Fast — Has the potential to grow 24 inches or more annually.

White ash            

Size: Over 60' 
Soil: Moist
Sun: Partial
Growth: Fast — Has the potential to grow 24 inches or more annually.

White oak              

Size: Over 60' 
Soil: Moist
Sun: Partial
Growth: Slow — Having an annual growth increment of 12 inches or less

Wild plum  

Size: Under 30' 
Soil: Average
Sun: Full
Growth: Fast — Has the potential to grow 24 inches or more annually.


Evergreen Trees

Baldcypress              

Size: Over 60' 
Soil: Wet

Sun: Full
Growth: Medium — Between 12 and 24 inches of growth per year

Eastern redcedar         

Size: Under 30'
Soil: Wide range
Sun: Full

Growth: Slow — Having an annual growth increment of 12 inches or less

Eastern white pine              

Size: Over 60' 
Soil: Moist
Sun: Partial
Growth: Fast — Has the potential to grow 24 inches or more annually.  

Jack pine         

Size: 30-60'
Soil: Average
Sun: Full
Growth: Fast — Has the potential to grow 24 inches or more annually.

Red pine  

Size: Over 60' 
Soil: Average
Sun: Partial
Growth: Medium — Between 12 and 24 inches of growth per year          

Shortleaf pine

Size: Over 60' 
Soil: Dry 
Sun: Full

Growth: Fast — Has the potential to grow 24 inches or more annually.         


Shrubs

American hazel         

Size: 10-20'
Soil: Wide range

Sun: Shade
Growth: Medium — Between 12 and 24 inches of growth per year 

Arrow viburnum       

Size: 10-20'
Soil: Moist
Sun: Shade
Growth: Medium — Between 12 and 24 inches of growth per year

Fragrant sumac    

Size: Under 10'
Soil: Average
Sun: Full
Growth: Medium — Between 12 and 24 inches of growth per year

Meadow willow       

Size: 10-20'
Soil: Wet
Sun: Full
Growth: Fast — Has the potential to grow 24 inches or more annually.

Ninebark    

Size: Under 10'
Soil: Wide
Sun: Full
Growth: Fast — 
Has the potential to grow 24 inches or more annually.

Ozark witchhazel         

Size: 10-20'
Soil: Moist
Sun: Partial
Growth: Medium — 
Between 12 and 24 inches of growth per year

Sandbar willow         

Size: 10-20'
Soil: Wide range 
Sun: Full
Growth: Fast — Has the potential to grow 24 inches or more annually.  

Shrub lespedeza    

Size: Under 10'
Soil: Average
Sun: Full
Growth: Medium — Between 12 and 24 inches of growth per year

Shining sumac         

Size: 10-20'
Soil: Average
Sun: Full
Growth: Fast — Has the potential to grow 24 inches or more annually.

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