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Erie, PA 16510
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10000 Wales Road
Erie, PA 16510

Shade Trees ...

... we only started with evergreens!

Even though our name is Johnston’s Evergreen Nursery, we do carry a full line of landscape plants.

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Acer x freemannii ‘Jeffersred’ (P.P.No. 4,864) AUTUMN BLAZE MAPLE

Zone: 3     Height: 50 ft.     Width: 40 ft.

A hybrid cross between the Red and the Silver Maples.  Medium-to-fast growth rate with upright branching and a broadly-oval growth habit.  Brilliant, long-lasting orange-red fall color.  Good drought and heat tolerance.  Seedless.

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Zone: 5     Height: 15-20 ft.     Width: 15-25 ft.

This green-leafed tree shows its true glory in autumn with a glowing purplish-red fall color.  Prefers moist, high-organic matter and well-drained soil.  Plant in a protected location in part sun.



Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’ BLOODGOOD JAPANESE MAPLE

Zone: 5 Height: 15-25 ft. Width: 15-25 ft.

The deepest reddish-purple leaf color of all Japanese Maples. A slow grower with a beautiful rounded form. Prefers moist, high organic matter, well-drained soil. Protect from sweeping winds. Plant in part sun for best leaf color. An excellent specimen or accent tree.

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Laceleaf Japanese Maples

(Zone 5) The dissectum group of Japanese Maples refers to the shape, or cut of the leaves. The ‘Laceleaf’ varieties have very deeply cut, or lacy lobed leaves in comparison to the palmate leaves of the standard Japanese Maples. Leaf color ranges from dark burgundy to green with varying degrees in between. Fall color is usually a brilliant red in dark leaf plants while green varieties display bright red to orange colors. Habit varies somewhat with variety but for the most part is horizontal, cascading, or weeping. These highly ornamental trees can be trained, grown, and maintained at sizes from small and shrubby to tall and treelike. All Japanese Maples require well-drained soil that is rich in organic material. Morning sun is best to retain red leaf color and afternoon shade to protect the tender leaves from sunburn. Protect from sweeping winter winds to prevent drying of spring buds.


Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Tamukeyama’   TAMUKEYAMA LACELEAF JAPANESE MAPLE

New foliage is deep crimson-red and matures to purple-red.


Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Waterfall’ WATERFALL LACELEAF JAPANESE MAPLE

Large green leaves and golden fall color. 

Waterfall Japanese Maple - Photo Credit Monrovia

Photo Credit: http://www.monrovia.com

Acer palmatum ‘Wolff’  EMPEROR I® JAPANESE MAPLE 

Zone: 5     Height: 15-20 ft.     Width: 15 ft.

Beautiful, deep purple-red foliage that emerges about two weeks later than other Japanese Maple varieties.

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Photo Credit: http://www.monrovia.com

Acer platanoides ‘Crimson King’ CRIMSON KING MAPLE

Zone: 4 Height: 35 ft. Width: 30-35 ft.

Rich maroon leaf color all summer, often misnamed ‘Red Maple.’ Plant in well drained soil. Prefers full sun for best leaf color. Slow growing, usually 6-10 inches per year. Excellent tree for small areas or to accent larger green leafed trees. Very hardy.

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Acer platanoides ‘Princeton Gold’ (P.P.No. 6,727)  PRINCETON GOLD MAPLE

Zone: 4 Height: 35 ft. Width: 30 ft.

Oval to rounded growth habit with leaves that emerge in spring bright yellow. Leaves will mature to green in summer with newer growth remaining yellow. Plant in well drained soil in full sun for best color.

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Acer rubrum ‘Armstrong’ ARMSTRONG MAPLE

Zone: 3 Height: 35-45 ft. Width: 15 ft

Fast growth and dense narrow habit makes this an extremely desirable columnar maple.  Foliage is dark green turning yellow to yellow-orange for autumn.  Silver-gray bark.

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Acer rubrum ‘Franksred’ RED SUNSET® MAPLE

Zone: 3 Height: 40-50 ft. Width: 30-40 ft.

Very popular Red Maple with excellent form and growth rate 1-2 foot a year. Green Foliage consistently turning red-orange in the autumn.

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Acer saccharum ‘Commemoration’ (P.P.No. 5,079)  COMMEMORATION SUGAR MAPLE

Zone: 4     Height: 50 ft.     Width: 30-35 ft.

Rapid growing tree with dense, oval crown.  Dark green leaves are resistant to the Maple Leaf Tatter.  Fall colors of yellow, orange and red.


Acer saccharum ‘JFS Caddo2’ (PP 23361)  FLASHFIRE® SUGAR MAPLE 

Zone: 4     Height: 45 ft.     Width: 40 ft.

Rapid growing tree with dense, oval crown.  Dark green leaves have good heat resistance.  Fall color is early and beautiful bright red.  Selected from Caddo Mountain Sugar Maple seedlings.


Photo Credit: http://www.jfschmidt.com

Acer saccharum ‘Green Mountain’ (P.P.No. 2,339) GREEN MOUNTAIN® SUGAR MAPLE

Zone: 4 Height: 50-75 ft. Width: 40-50 ft.

Fast growing Sugar Maple variety with dark green foliage that is resistant to the adverse heat and wind conditions of summer. Fall color is orange-scarlet.

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Betula nigra  NATIVE RIVER BIRCH  

Zone: 4     Height: 50 ft.     Width: 40-60 ft.

Hardy native birch with exfoliating reddish-brown bark.  Bright green summer foliage, turning yellow for autumn.  Pyramidal growth habit in youth, rounding and often multi-stemmed with age.  Does well in partial sun or shade.  Medium to fast growth.  Resistant to Bronze Birch Borer.


Photo Credit: http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org

Betula nigra ‘Cully’ (P.P.No. 4409) HERITAGE® RIVER BIRCH

Zone: 4 Height: 40 ft. Width: 30-35 ft.

A hybrid of the River Birch chosen for its lighter colored bark & large, glossy, light green leaves. The peeling bark exposes mottled patches of cream. orange, and pinkish tan colors. The foliage lightens to yellow in autumn. Resistant to Bronze Birch Borer.


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Betula populifolia ‘Whitespire Senior’ WHITESPIRE SENIOR BIRCH

Zone: 4 Height: 40-50 ft. Width: 15-25 ft.

Very hardy Birch displaying grayish-white bark with dark markings around branch unions. Use as a substitute for the European White Birch. Fall foliage yellow. Vegetative propagation. Proven resistant to Bronze Birch Borer.

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Carpinus betulus ‘Fastigiata’ PYRAMIDAL EUROPEAN HORNBEAM

Zone: 5 Height: 30-50 ft. Width: 25-30 ft.

Invaluable tree often used as a lawn specimen or for hedging. Pest and disease free dark green foliage on a very symmetrical, dense, pyramidal form. Takes heavy pruning or shearing very well.


Cercidiphyllum japonicum KATSURA TREE

Zone: 5 Height: 40 ft. Width: 25-30 ft.

A pyramidal shaped tree native to China. New leaves emerge reddish-purple and change to bluish-green in summer. Leaves turn yellow to apricot in fall and give off an odor similar to brown sugar. Prefers moist, well-drained soil in full sun. Disease resistant. Beautiful specimen for most any garden.

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Fagus sylvatica pendula ‘Purple Fountain’ PURPLE FOUNTAIN WEEPING BEECH

Zone: 4 Height: 25 ft. Width: 12 ft.

Similar to Purple Weeping Beech but a more narrow upright grower. Purple leaves with good disease resistance. Prefers moist well-drained soil. Plant in full sun for best color.



Fagus sylvatica ‘Riversii’  RIVER’S PURPLE LEAF BEECH

Zone: 4     Height: 45 ft.

One of the most beautiful purple leaf beeches.  Oval or rounded growth habit. Large, shiny, deep purple foliage. Prefers moist, well-drained soil in full sun. Excellent specimen tree for the garden.


Fagus sylvatica roseomarginata TRICOLOR BEECH

Zone: 4 Height: 30 ft. Width: 20 ft.

A beautiful specimen tree displaying purple leaves with an irregular rose and pinkish-white border. Prefers moist, well-drained soil in full sun or part shade. A unique addition to any landscape.

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Ginkgo biloba ‘Autumn Gold’ AUTUMN GOLD MAIDENHAIR TREE 

Zone: 3  Height: 45 ft.  Width: 35 ft.

Male selection, bearing no fruit.  Broad, spreading form at maturity.  Very symmetrical. Slow grower.  Leaves change from green to an outstanding gold in autumn.




Zone: 4     Height: 40ft.   Width:  30ft.

Fast-growing male selection.  Fan-shaped green foliage turns yellow in fall.  Disease and pest resistant.



Gleditsia triacanthos inermis 'Skycole'  SKYLINE® HONEYLOCUST

Zone: 4 Height: 45 ft. Width: 35 ft.

Broadly pyramidal shaped cultivar widely used in the landscape and as a street tree due to its excellent filtered shade, fast growth rate, well behaved form, and environmental tolerance. Fine textured green foliage. Fall color is yellow. Essentially seedless and thorn-less. Similar to Gleditsia 'Shademaster'.



Gleditsia triacanthos inermis ‘Suncole’  SUNBURST® HONEYLOCUST

Zone: 4 Height: 35 ft. Width: 35 ft.

Popular filtered shade tree with spring leaves appearing bright yellow maturing to green in mid-summer with yellow new growth. Best in full sun and well drained soil.



Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Worplesdon’  WORPLESDON SWEET GUM

Zone: 5     Height: 40 ft.     Width: 25 ft.

Star-shaped foliage on a broadly pyramidal to oval tree.  Bark is often corky.  Green foliage turns orange and purple in fall. Tolerates sun or partial shade.



Liriodendron tulipifera TULIP TREE

Zone: 4 Height: 70 ft. Width: 30 ft.

Pyramidal topped shade tree with large leaves that turn an unusual clear yellow in the autumn. With age the tree will produce greenish yellow tulip shaped flowers. Fast growing.

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Nyssa sylvatica  BLACK GUM

Zone: 4     Height: 30-50 ft.     Width: 20-30 ft.

A graceful shade tree with spreading, dome-shaped head.  Leaves are lustrous dark green and turn fluorescent yellow to orange to scarlet to purple in autumn.  Full sun to part shade.  Also known as Black Tupelo.  Slow growing.


Platanus x acerifolia ‘Bloodgood’ BLOODGOOD LONDON PLANE TREE

Zone: 5 Height: 70-100 ft. Width: 65-75 ft.

Large leaves retain good green summer color and turn brownish-yellow in the autumn. Bark exfoliates with dappled brown and cream patterns. Will grow in wet areas. Fast growing averaging about 2 ft. per year. Is a cross between American Sycamore and the Oriental Plane Tree. Resistant to anthracnose.

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Quercus bicolor SWAMP WHITE OAK

Zone: 5 Height: 50-60 ft. Width: 50-60 ft.

A strong shade tree that forms a broad, open, round-topped crown and a short, limby trunk. Beautiful flaky fissured bark and green leaves turning yellow to purple in fall. Tolerates wet soils.


Photo Credit: http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org

Quercus palustris PIN OAK

Zone: 4 Height: 60-70 ft. Width: 25-40 ft.

Very popular tree due to its adaptability. Pyramidal top with pendulous bottom branches. Leaves are dark green turning scarlet in fall then golden-brown and may remain through winter. Tolerates wet clay soil. Fast grower averaging near 2 ft. per year. Excellent lawn tree.

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Quercus palustris ‘Green Pillar’  GREEN PILLAR OAK  

Zone: 4     Height: 50 ft.      Width: 20 ft.

A columnar Pin Oak with a dense shape.  Leaves are dark green turning golden-brown in fall and may remain through winter.  Tolerates wet clay soil.


Quercus robur x Alba ‘Streetspire® Oak’  STREETSPIRE® COLUMNAR OAK

Zone: 4        Height: 45 ft.

Dark green leaves of this narrowly columnar tree are mildew resistant. Turning red in autumn, they fall to reveal stiffly upright branches, but does not hold brown foliage through the winter.


Quercus rubra RED OAK

Zone: 4 Height: 60-75 ft. Width: 50-60 ft.

A large, broad headed tree with a moderate to fast growth rate with excellent burgundy to red fall color. Valuable for lawns, parks, golf courses and commercial areas.

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Zone: 3 Height: 40-50 ft. Width: 60 ft.

Large growing ‘weeping’ willow with golden bark. Grows well in moist soil but does prefer well-drained conditions. Also listed as S.a. ‘Niobe’ or S. vitellina ‘Pendula’.

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Tilia cordata ‘Greenspire’ GREENSPIRE LINDEN

Zone: 4 Height: 50 ft. Width: 20-30 ft.

Beautiful medium sized tree. Green leaves turn yellow in fall. Dense oval growth habit. Very tolerant of compaction and small rooting areas, therefore a good tree for streets and planters. Excellent for most landscapes.


Ulmus parvifolia ‘Morton Glossy’  TRIUMPH™ ELM

Zone: 4     Height: 55     Width: 45 

Glossy, dark green foliage that turns yellow for autumn.  Tolerance from Dutch Elm disease and phloem necrosis.


Zelkova ‘Village Green’ VILLAGE GREEN ZELKOVA

Zone: 5     Height: 40 ft.     Width: 38 ft.

Vase-shaped tree with green leaves, turning rusty red in fall.  Fast growing, also resistant to Dutch Elm disease and leaf-eating and bark beetles.  Very popular street and lawn tree.


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