The Earth Day Network approximates that almost half of the forests that once covered the earth’s surface have been lost. This year, Earth Day is celebrating its’ 46th anniversary on April 22 with a goal to plant 7.8 billion trees by the year 2020. Here’s a list of 6 unique trees you can plant to help reach that goal.



1. Quercus palustris ‘PWJR08’ PP 20,900

This pin oak from Upshoot LLC has a fast growth rate, an upright habit and a mature size of approximately 45 to 50’ tall by 20 to 25’ wide. This oak enjoys full sun with moist, well-drained acidic soil with a pH of 5.0 to 6.5. It’s hardy in Zone 4.


2. Gymnocladus dioicus  

University of Minnesota’s Kentucky coffeetree is hardy in Zone 4a and features an upright, oval crown. It grows to 50 to 70’ tall by 20 to 30’ wide and grows best in full sun with moist soils. It is, however, adaptable to dry conditions.


3. Thuja plicata x standishii ‘Virginian’ PPAF 

Upshoot’s arborvitae boasts dark green, layered foliage that is naturally full. It’s hardy in Zone 5 and grows best in full sun with well-drained soil and a pH of 6.0 to 7.5. It also grows well in the South where the heat and humidity is high.

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4.  Zelkova serrata ‘Musashino’ 

The Society of Municipal Arborists (SMA) has voted the Musashino Zelkova as the 2016 Urban Tree of the Year. The tree is named after a city in Tokyo, Japan and has the potential to reach 45 feet in height and 15 feet in width at maturity. The Musashino Zelkova is catered for tight places and features upright branches. It’s hardy in Zones 5 to 9.


5. Thuja occidentalis ‘Janed Gold’

This golden arborvitae from PlantHaven International offers yellow-golf foliage year-round with upright, tight pyramidal habit. It tolerates high light and full sun with proper irrigation. It grows best in well-drained, moist soil and full sun but under very dry conditions the foliage may burn. It can grow up to 8’ tall by 4’ wide in 10 years


6. Juniperus chinensis ‘J.N. Select Blue’

This juniper has a mature height of 17 feet and mature spread of 7 to 9 feet in 20 years. It grows well in full sun with modest to moderate nutrition and well-drained soil. Since it grows fast and provides great color and texture year round, use it as a focal point or backdrop in your landscape.

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