Tall Shrubs & Trees

Common Name Species Local, Regional,  Western, Midwestern  Native, or Introduced Height Flower color Flower time Fruit Evergreen Xeric Comment
Serviceberry Amelanchier alnifolia L shrub white spring yes no yes Attracts birds, tasty fruit. Widely available.  Choice cultivars available.
Water Birch Betula occidentalis L 20' tall  inconspicuous spring catkin no no A beautiful, slightly weeping, round topped tree for a moist site or bioswale.
Fernbush, Sweetshrub Chamaebatiaria millefolium W 6-8 ft white summer no somewhat very This little known Western native is excellent for use as a specimen or in groups for screening and hedges. The showy flower spikes resemble those of white lilacs, blooming in the summer. 
Black Hawthorne Crataegus douglasii L 10 - 15 feet white spring yes no somewhat Very important to birds.  Magpies and orioles nest in it. Plentiful, large black fruits are important bird food.  Good tall barrier hedge species if unpruned.  Can be pruned to an attractive landscape shrub.
Chokecherry Prunus virginiana L Variable.  Can be tree form. white spring yes yes Very showy flower spikes.  Fruit great for birds.  Used for jellies, wines & beers.  Tree form where very well watered.  Cultivars available.
Golden Currant Ribes aureum L 6 -8 ft. yellow spring yes no somewhat Tall shrub with three season interest:  fragrant yellow flowers in spring, tasty orange fruit in summer, good fall colors.  Attracts birds and bees.