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Xeric Deciduous Trees

This is a list of deciduous trees with low to moderate water needs that can be grown in Colorado.


Low Water Use Deciduous Trees

Moderate Water Use Deciduous Trees


Xeric Deciduous Trees  (click on highlighted names for photos and/or more information)

Low Water Use Deciduous Trees


Celtis occidentalis


Chilopsis linearis Desert Willow

Crataegus ambigua

Russian Hawthorn

Crataegus arnoldiana

Arnold 's Hawthorn

Crataegus crus-galli

Cockspur Hawthorn

Crataegus crus-galli var. inermis

Thornless Cockspur Hawthorn

Crataegus crus-galli var. inermis 'Crusader'

Crusader Thornless Hawthorn

Crataegus douglasii

River Hawthorn

Crataegus mollis

Downy Hawthorn

Crataegus succulenta

Fleshy Hawthorn

Gleditsia triacanthos 'Imperial'

Imperial Honeylocust

Gleditsia triacanthos 'Shademaster'

Shademaster Honeylocust

Gleditsia triacanthos 'Skyline'

Skyline Honeylocust

Gymnocladus dioica

Kentucky Coffeetree

Juglans nigra

Black Walnut

Malus spp. (including all Crabapples and Apples)

Apples & Crabapples (all types)

Prunus americana

American Plum

Ptelea trifoliata


Pyrus fauriei

Fauriei Pear

Pyrus fauriei 'Korean Sun'

Korean Sun Pear

Pyrus ussuriensis

Ussurian Pear

Pyrus ussuriensis 'Prairie Gem'

Prairie Gem Pear

Quercus alba

White Oak

Quercus gambelii

Gambel Oak

Quercus macrocarpa

Bur Oak

Quercus undulata

Wavy Leaf Oak

Robinia pseudoacacia 'Globe'

Globe Locust

Xanthoceras sorbifolium


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Moderately Low Water Use Deciduous Trees





Acer ginnala

Amur Maple

Acer ginnala ‘Flame’

Flame Amur Maple

Acer grandidentatum

Wasatch Maple

Acer tataricum

Tatarian Maple

Aesculus glabra

Ohio Buckeye

Aesculus pavia

Red Buckeye

Aesculus hippocastanum


Amelanchier ‘Autumn Brilliance’

Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry

Amelanchier canadensis

Shadblow Serviceberry

Catalpa ovata

Chinese Catalpa

Catalpa speciosa

Western Catalpa

Cornus racemosa

Gray Dogwood

Crataegus phaenopyrum

Washington Hawthorn

Crataegus virdis ‘Winter King’

Winter King Hawthorn

Fraxinus americana ‘Empire’

Empire Ash

Fraxinus mandschurica ‘Mancana’

Mancana Ash

Fraxinus nigra ‘Fall Gold’

Fall Gold Ash

Fraxinus pennsylvanica

All Green Ash Cultivars

Gleditsia triacanthos 'Sunburst'

Sunburst Honeylocust

Koelreuteria paniculata

Golden Raintree

Phellodendron amurense

Amur Corktree

Populus sargentii

Plains Cottonwood

Prunus virginiana

Native Chokecherry

Prunus virginiana 'Schubert'

Canada Red Chokecherry

Prunus padus

Mayday Tree

Pyrus calleryana ‘Aristocrat’

Aristocrat Pear

Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’

Chanticleer Pear

Pyrus calleryana ‘Stone Hill’

Stonehill Pear

Quercus bicolor

Swamp White Oak

Quercus imbricaria

Shingle/Laurel Oak

Quercus prinus

Chestnut Oak

Quercus robur

English Oak

Quercus robur 'Fastigiata'

Columnar English Oak

Robinia pseudoacacia 'Frisia'

Frisia Black Locust

Robinia pseudoacacia 'Purple Robe'

Purple Robe Locust

Sophora japonica

Japanese Pagoda Tree

Syringa pekinensis

Peking Lilac

Syringa reticulata

Japanese Tree Lilac

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Photo: Judy Sedbrook

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