Trees & Shrubs


Visit the Cornell University Woody Plants Database to find the right tree, shrub or woody vine based on your site’s conditions.

The Cornell Guide for Planting and Maintaining Trees and Shrubs is "a benchmark text written for professional horticulturists and home owners alike. Includes reliable tips for properly selecting plants from nurseries, guidance for appropriate site selection, transplanting processes and schedules, drainage management, and soil preparation. Important tasks immediately following planting - from watering, mulching, staking and wrapping, to pruning, fertilizing and anti-desiccant application provide professionals and hobbyists with knowledge to ensure their trees and shrubs flourish and thrive. Regular maintenance practices, including tips for protecting plants during construction, and the importance of monitoring for insect and disease problems are included. Includes numerous drawings, tables, tips, historical references, and a glossary with important terms."

How to Plant Trees and Shrubs from CCE-Suffolk Cooperative Extension is a 2-page guide for homeowners.

Cornell Gardening provides several trees and shrub fact sheets on trees and shrubs.

Homeowner's Guide for Beautiful, Safe & Healthy Trees from the USDA Forest Service is a 3-page brochure with general suggestions to help your trees stay healthy.

Cornell University's Pruning: An illustrated Guide to Pruning Ornamental Trees & Shrubs by Donald A Rakow and Richard Weir, III is a 30 page pdf covering pruning techniques for a range of different plant types.


Susan Beebe
Assistant Director/ Agriculture Issue Leader
518-885-8995 ext. 2231

Last updated September 22, 2021