Trees & Shrubs



Prunus serotina (Black Cherry)

Plant Selection

Know Your Trees – Identification keys and profiles of 50 common trees in New York forests.

Deciduous Woody Groundcovers [2.7 MB .pdf] -Low-growing shrubs and woody plants provide attractive, protective cover for gardens, slopes and difficult sites.

Woody plant database – Plant Identification Search page for LA/HORT 491 features pictures and information about more than 300 trees, shrubs and groundcovers.


How To Guides

Transplanting guide – How to select, transport, handle, plant and maintain trees and shrubs to assure they have the best chance to thrive.

Recommended Urban Trees: Site Assessment and Tree Selection for Stress Tolerance – Helps you choose the best tree for your site. Profiles of best urban trees.

Creating the Urban Forest: The Bare Root Method – For many species, this is cheaper and as effective as planting balled and burlapped or container grown plants.



How, When and Why of Forest Farming – Resources to supplement online course are now available publicly.

Cornell Sugar Maple Research and Extension Program – Includes youth activities, online publications, and more.

Cornell 1977 classic: Nut Growing in the Northeast Cornell Cooperative Extension publication from pioneering forest farming advocate, L.H. MacDaniels. [11.5 MB .pdf file] More about ‘Dr. Mac’ and agroforestry at the MacDaniels Nut Grove.

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Urban Horticulture Institute – Aims to improve the quality of urban life by enhancing the functions of plants within urban ecosystems. Online resources and publications for assessing sites and choosing trees that match conditions.


Insects that Feed on Trees and Shrubs – Comprehensive handbook gives the essential facts about more than 900 species of insects, mites, and other animals that injure woody ornamental plants in the United States and Canada.

Diseases of Trees and Shrubs – Pictorial reference comprehensively covers disease and environmental damage to trees and shrubs in the United States and Canada. Diagnostic aid uses specific symptoms to identify the disease-causing agent.

Shrubs for Landscape Plantings in New York State – A ‘classic’ from 1980.

The Cornell Guide for Planting and Maintaining Trees and Shrubs

Pruning: An Illustrated Guide to Pruning Ornamental Trees and Shrubs

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