Honey locust is tough and adaptable, grows 30 to 50 feet tall, and drops pods. Its foliage turns yellow in fall. Choose the thornless variety. Zones 3-9.
Tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipfera) grows quickly to its 25-foot height. Beautiful tulip flowers with orange centers snuggle among interesting leaves. Zone 5-9.
Willow oak (Quercus phellos) has narrow and pointed foliage, and forms a fine-texture, dense conical canopy, rising to about 50 feet at maturity. It makes a good street and shade tree and is easy to transplant. Foliage turns yellow before it drops in the fall. Zones 6-9.
Sorrel, or sourwood (Oxydendrum arboreum), grows to 75 feet tall and is a multiseason beauty. Its July flowers are drooping strands of tiny white urns among slightly leathery and glossy, medium green leaves that turn to a brilliant red early in the fall. Zones 5-9.
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