The Most Popular Trees in Chicago

July 22, 2019

Here at Pro Tree Service, we have already discussed the best and worst trees for your yard and fast-growing trees perfect for your yard. In this post, we thought it would be good to dive into some of the most popular trees in Chicago. Here are just some of the recommendations from The Morton Arboretum:

White fir

A hardy and ornamental North American native evergreen, the white fir reaches up to 50 feet high when fully grown. The tree’s attractive, blue-green needles curve upward and outward on branches and release a lemon scent when crushed. Part of what makes the white fir such a popular choice among Chicago homeowners is its ability to tolerate a wide range of conditions, including drought, heat, and cold temperatures.

Freeman’s maple

Be on the lookout for Freeman’s maple trees the next time you’re driving around the city. A hybrid of the red maple and silver maple, the Freeman’s maple has a gorgeous red-orange color in the fall. Not only is this tree drought-tolerant, but it’s also less susceptible to chlorosis symptoms than the aforementioned red or silver maples.

Paper-barked maple

In need of a small to medium-sized ornamental tree for a small area in your yard? Looking for an easy way to add structure to a mixed perennial garden? In either case, a paper-barked maple makes sense. 

The paper-barked maple provides unmatched beauty year-round. Take winter and spring, for example, when the tree’s cinnamon-colored, exfoliating bark is accentuated by snow. Then there’s summertime, when the maple brings delicate leaves featuring a unique blueish tint.

Fullmoon maple

It’s easy to mistake the Fullmoon maple for a true Japanese maple. By the time it’s fully grown, the Fullmoon maple can be a large shrub or a small tree. If you’ve been searching for a beautiful multi-season tree, you can’t go wrong with this one.

It’s worth noting that while the Fullmoon maple transplants well, it is not particularly drought-tolerant. This maple can get up to 30 feet high and 40 feet wide once mature.

Miyabe’s maple

This densely branched shade tree features wide branches that sweep low to the ground, corky bark, and dark green leaves that turn golden in fall. Don’t be scared when you see the Miyabe maple listed as endangered in its native Japanese habitat, as the tree is being considered hardy and adaptable by more experts. The Miyable maple reaches anywhere from 30-60 feet high once fully mature.

Red maple

Trek through the woods of eastern North America and you’ll see one red maple after the next. This tree, which can get up to 60 feet high and up to 45 feet wide when fully grown, is most known for its scarlet leaves in fall. If space is limited in your yard for a tree, we advise against choosing the red maple, as its dense, spreading root system requires lots of room.

Sugar maple

Few trees compare in beauty to the sugar maple during the fall. We know that you and your family will love the brilliant yellow and burnt-orange foliage year after year. That said, it’s not as though the only reason to plant a sugar maple is to admire the leaves once they begin to change color. Thanks to its large canopy, the tree provides ample shade, making it a popular choice for backyards, golf courses, and parks.

Yellow buckeye

Let’s get away from the maples for a moment to discuss the yellow buckeye. This tree features an oval, upright shape, spring blossoms, gorgeous fall color, showy flowers, and attractive bark. Just be aware that you may have a difficult time finding the yellow buckeye in some local nurseries.


It’s common for homeowners to start thinking about new trees to plant soon after having one removed. Unfortunately, finding the right tree removal can be anything but easy. That’s why we suggest turning to the experts at Pro Tree Service in Chicago.

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