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Native Trees For The State of Pennsylvania

Want to replenish native trees in your state? Find the best selection of indigenous species for the State of Pennsylvania here at Nature Hills Nursery! Ranging from USDA growing zone 5 to 7b, Pennsylvania has fluctuating temperatures throughout the seasons, much like many other continental regions.

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Choosing native trees for your State means you will know your tree will thrive where it is well suited to climate and soil because they originated there! They need less water once established. Native selections establish faster and tolerate the changing climate, weather, and anything else your State may endure.

Plus you’ll feed pollinators pollen and nectar, seeds for songbirds, and provide food for a wide variety of wildlife like the Ruffled Grouse, which is the state bird!

Best Pennsylvania Native Trees

Despite New England's reputation for a rugged climate, weather, lots of snow, and Nor'easters, The Keystone State’s weather is relatively mild and rarely experiences droughts. The forests that cover much of Pennsylvania benefit from the deep, rich soil, allowing deeply rooted hardwood trees to grow to great heights.

First, find your Hardiness Zone, and then choose any tree that has a range that includes yours! Check with your local County Extension Office for more information if needed and for the many microclimates within these zones.

Best Native Evergreen Trees For Pennsylvania

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In addition to the state tree, the Eastern Hemlock, the many conifers and broadleaf evergreens can be found in Pennsylvania! Check out these trees that keep their leaves year-round for privacy, slow down the wind and drifting snow, and add winter interest.

  • American Holly Trees
  • American Larch (deciduous conifer)
  • Bald Cypress Tree (deciduous conifer)
  • Balsam Firs
  • Black Spruce
  • Blue Spruce
  • Douglas Fir
  • Eastern Hemlock
  • Eastern Red Cedar Tree (Redcedar)
  • Eastern White Pine
  • Possomhaw Holly
  • Red Pine
  • White Spruce

Native Flowering Trees to Grow in Pennsylvania

Feed pollinators and hummingbirds nectar and pollen they evolved alongside in your State! Many of these trees are host plants for native pollinator larvae too!

  • American Basswood/Linden Trees
  • Bigleaf, Cucumber Tree & Sweet Bay Magnolia
  • Black Locust Tree
  • Carolina Silverbell Tree
  • Dogwood - Pagoda, White, Pink & Red Flowering, Gray, Silky, Swamp & Roughleaf 
  • Eastern Redbud Tree
  • Pussy Willow Tree
  • Tulip Poplar/Tulip Tree
  • Witch Hazel (American Witchhazel) & Vernal Witchhazel
  • White Fringe Tree

What Are Native Shade Trees in Pennsylvania?

Fall color abounds in the Empire State, but Pennsylvania can have hot days in the summer too, so a good, shade tree that handles snow load, gives your backyard lush relief from the sun, and goes big with an autumn show is a must-have! You’ll love having maple syrup from your own Sugar Maples too!

  • American Beech Tree
  • American Chestnut
  • American Elm Tree
  • American Hornbeam 
  • American Hop Hornbeam
  • American Sycamore
  • Ash - Mountain, White & Green
  • Birch Trees - River, Paper Bark, & Sweet
  • Black Gum Tree
  • Black Willow
  • Box Elder Tree (Boxelder)
  • Cottonwood/Eastern Cottonwood Tree
  • Hackberry/Common Hackberry Trees
  • Kentucky Coffee Tree
  • Maple Trees - Black, Silver, Red, & Sugar
  • Northern Catalpa Tree
  • Oak Trees - Black, Blackjack, Bur, Chestnut Oak, Chinquapin, Northern Red, Pin, Scarlet, Shingle, Shumard's, Swamp White, White & Willow Oak Trees
  • Bottlebrush, Ohio & Red Buckeye
  • Quaking Aspen
  • Sassafras Tree
  • Sourwood Tree
  • Sweetgum (Sweet Gum) Trees
  • Washington Hawthorn Tree
  • Yellowwood Tree

Native Fruit & Nut Trees in Pennsylvania

We love edible landscaping trees that look great and feed you! Feed the diverse amounts of wildlife and songbirds found throughout Pennsylvania as well! After all, the American Robin is Pennsylvania's state bird!

  • American Black Elderberry
  • American Persimmon
  • American Plum/Wild Plum Tree & Chickasaw Plum
  • Black Cherry Tree
  • Black Walnut Tree
  • Hazelnut/Native American Filbert Tree/Shrub
  • Bitternut, Butternut, Pignut, Red, Shellbark & Shagbark Hickory Trees
  • Paw Paw (Pawpaw) Trees
  • Red Mulberry Tree
  • Allegheny, & Shadblow Serviceberry

Much Needed Natives!

Whether you are adding shade or flowers, privacy, or a long-lasting legacy to your landscape, Nature Hills is here to help you find the perfect tree for your Pennsylvania landscape!


Help keep your State's native biodiversity intact by planting trees native to your area! Nature Hills is committed to helping you preserve your State’s unique beauty with plants and trees that are sure to do well in your garden without impacting your native landscape!

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