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Glossary of Common and Scientific Tree Names

The names of the trees are in alphabetical order, according to common name.

Common Name Genus Name   Common Name Genus Name
Alder Alnus Katsura Cercidiphyllum
Apple Malus Kentucky Coffeetree Gymnocladus
Apricot Prunus Larch Larix
Arborvitae Thuja Lilac Syringa
Ash Fraxinus Linden Tilia
Aspen Populus Locust Robinia
Bald cypress Taxodium Maackia Maackia
Basswood Tilia Magnolia Magnolia
Beech Fagus Maple Acer
Birch Betula Mountain ash Sorbus
Box elder Acer Mulberry Morus
Buckeye Aesculus Oak Quercus
Buckthorn Rhamnus Oriental Arborvitae Platycladus
Butternut Juglans Osage orange Maclura
Castor-aralia Kalopanax Pawpaw Asimina
Catalpa Catalpa Pear Pyrus
Cedar Juniperus Pecan Carya
Cherry Prunus Persimmon Diospyros
Chestnut Castanea Pine Pinus
Chokecherry Prunus Planetree Platanus
Corktree Phellodendron Plum Prunus
Cottonwood Populus Poplar Populus
Crabapple Malus Prickly-ash Zanthoxylum
Cucumber tree Magnolia Quince Cydonia
Dawn Redwood Metasequoia Redbud Cercis
Devil's Walking Stick Aralia Russian-olive Elaeagnus
Dogwood Cornus Sassafras Sassafras
Douglas fir Pseudotsuga Serviceberry Amelanchier
Elm Ulmus Silverbell Halesia
Euonymus Euonymus Smoketree Cotinus
False cypress Chamaecyparis Spindletree Euonymus
Filbert Corylus Spruce Picea
Fir Abies Sumac Rhus
Fringetree Chionanthus Sweetgum Liquidambar
Ginkgo Ginkgo Sycamore Platanus
Goldenrain tree Koelreuteria Tamarack Larix
Hackberry Celtis Tamarix Tamarix
Hawthorn Crataegus Tree of Heaven Ailanthus
Heartnut Juglans Tuliptree Liriodendron
Hemlock Tsuga Tupelo Nyssa
Hickory Carya Viburnum Viburnum
Honeylocust Gleditsia Wahoo Euonymus
Honeysuckle Lonicera Walnut Juglans
Hoptree Ptelea Water locust Gleditsia
Hornbeam Carpinus Whitebeam Sorbus
Horse chestnut Aesculus White cedar Chamaecyparis/Thuja
Ironwood Ostrya Willow Salix
Japanese Pagodatree Styphnolobium (formerly Sophora) Witch hazel Hamamelis
Japanese Zelkova Zelkova Yellowwood Cladrastis
Juniper Juniperus Yew Taxus
Last revised: Wednesday June 12 2019