Trees That Grow Perfectly in Zone 6

The designation of an area as Zone 6 by the USDA signifies that its average annual extreme minimum temperature falls between negative ten to zero degrees Fahrenheit.

These 12 trees should all be able to grow successfully in Zone 6 locations—choose your favorite and plant one today.

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    Amur Maple

    Amur Maple
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    If you want the fall colors of a maple tree but don't have much space, an Amur maple can fit the bill since it is one of the smaller species. It's also drought tolerant which is especially nice for dry climates.

    • Latin Name: Acer ginnala
    • Other Common Names: Siberian maple
    • Native to: Korea, Japan, Mongolia, and Siberia
    • USDA Zones: 3-8
    • Height: 15-20' tall
    • Exposure: Full sun to part shade
    • Growing profile: Amur maple
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    Austrian Pine

    The Austrian Pine a good performer in urban conditions. It also does well in dry climates, so you can plant this tree if your area is prone to drought.

    • Latin Name: Pinus nigra
    • Other Common Names: European black pine
    • Native to: Europe, North Africa, Asia Minor
    • USDA Zones: 4-7
    • Height: 40-60' tall
    • Exposure: Full sun
    • Growing profile: Austrian pine
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    Dawn Redwood

    While the Dawn Redwood has needles and cones like many evergreens, this is actually one of about 20 deciduous conifers.

    • Latin Name: Metasequoia glyptostroboides
    • Native to: China
    • USDA Zones: 4-8
    • Height: 75-100'+ tall
    • Exposure: Full sun
    • Growing profile: Dawn redwood
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    European Mountain Ash

    You may want to be careful in choosing to plant the European Mountain Ash if you have apple, loquat or pear trees, quinces, or raspberries. All of these, along with this tree, can be affected by fire blight (Erwinia amylovora).

    • Latin Name: Sorbus aucuparia
    • Other Common Names: Rowan, European rowan, European mountainash, mountain ash
    • Native to: Asia and Europe
    • USDA Zones: 3-7
    • Height: 20-40' tall
    • Exposure: Full sun
    • Growing profile: European mountain ash
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    Ginkgo Biloba

    You would be wise to choose a male cultivar unless you are trying to propagate this tree, since the females produce messy fruits with a foul smell. This is an excellent choice for a shade tree.

    • Latin Name: Ginkgo biloba
    • Other Common Names: Japanese silver apricot, maidenhair tree
    • Native to: China
    • USDA Zones: 3-8
    • Height: 50-75'+ tall
    • Exposure: Full sun to part shade
    • Growing profile: Ginkgo biloba
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    Japanese Maple

    The Japanese maple is a favorite of many. There are so many different varieties that there's almost certainly a perfect choice for every yard in most zones.

    • Latin Name: Acer palmatum
    • Native to: China, Japan, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, and Russia
    • USDA Zones: 5-9
    • Height: It depends on the variety, but the usual size is 15-25' tall
    • Exposure: Full sun to part shade
    • Growing profile: Japanese maple
  • 07 of 12

    Paper Bark Birch

    Birch trees are known for their white bark, and Paper Bark Birch trees feature bark that peels off in even, thin layers. This tree is especially popular in Southern California, but it's planted in many different areas across multiple zones.

    • Latin Name: Betula papyrifera
    • Other Common Names: American white birch, canoe birch, paperbark birch, white birch
    • Native to: Northern North America
    • USDA Zones: 2-7
    • Height: 45-70' tall
    • Exposure: Grows best in full sun
    • Growing profile: Paper bark birch
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    Paperbark Cherry

    The trunk of the Paperbark Cherry is quite shiny and looks as if it has been wrapped in coppery plastic. Pests like borers and diseases may plague this tree, so it will likely have a somewhat short lifetime.

    • Latin Name: Prunus serrula
    • Other Common Names: Birch bark cherry, Tibetan cherry
    • Native to: Western China and Tibet
    • USDA Zones: 5-8
    • Height: 20-30' tall
    • Exposure: Full sun
    • Growing profile: Paperbark cherry
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  • 09 of 12

    Purple Leaf Plum

    The Purple Leaf Plum tree is an ornamental tree known for it's dark purple leaves and light pink blossoms. It's not common for this tree to produce fruit, but it's possible if the conditions are perfect.

    • Latin Name: Prunus cerasifera
    • Other Common Names: Myrobalan plum, cherry plum, purpleleaf plum
    • Native to: Asia
    • USDA Zones: 4-9
    • Height: 15-25' tall
    • Exposure: Full sun
    • Growing profile: Purple leaf plum
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    Tri Color Beech

    The Tri Color Beech features a combination of white, pink, and green on the leaves. This tree produces red seed pods throughout the year.

    • Latin Name: Fagus sylvatica 'Roseo-Marginata'
    • Other Common Names: Roseomarginata European beech, tri-colored European beech
    • Native to: Europe and Asia
    • USDA Zones: 4-7
    • Height: 24-40' tall
    • Exposure: Needs at least some shade to prevent burnt foliage
    • Growing profile: Tri color beech
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    Tulip Tree

    The Tulip Tree gets it's name from its green and orange tulip-like flowers that it produces in the late spring. These trees can grow to be quite large and can sometimes shade an entire backyard. If you want to keep your yard sunny for growing vegetables and flowers, this tree not the best choice for you.

    • Latin Name: Liriodendron tulipifera
    • Other Common Names: White poplar, yellow poplar, tulip poplar, saddle leaf tree, canoewood and white wood
    • Native to: Eastern North America
    • USDA Zones: 4-9
    • Height: 80-100' tall
    • Exposure: Full sun to part shade
    • Growing profile: Tulip tree
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    Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar

    The Weeping blue Atlas cedar will sometimes spread out wider than it is tall. The drooping branches and distinctive tendrils are a favorite amongst many landscapers. The blue fruits on the female trees are a favorite snack to many birds.

    • Latin Name: Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca Pendula'
    • Native to: Atlas mountains in Africa
    • USDA Zones: 6-9
    • Height: 10' tall
    • Exposure: Full sun is best
    • Growing profile: Weeping blue Atlas cedar

Now that you have plenty of options, decide on which tree would make the best choice for your yard. Before planting, be sure to double check that you are living in zone 6 or another appropriate zone. The more ideal the conditions, the more likely your tree will take root and thrive. Happy planting!