Yellowwood is a medium to large-sized native tree, with smooth bark, large hanging clusters of fragrant white flowers, and yellow fall color. A yellowwood tree is an excellent shade tree for a small- to medium-sized landscape.
The black gum tree (Nyssa sylvatica) is a native medium-sized deciduous tree with a slow growth rate. It generally grows in a rounded shape with a straight trunk. The leaves are approximately 3 to 6 inches in length. The leaves change from a dark glossy green to brilliant shades of red, orange, yellow, and purple in the fall. Tiny flowers in the spring give way to small dark blue fruits that are edible but sour, though they tend to attract birds and other wildlife. This tree is best planted in the spring.
The red maple is a medium to large deciduous tree named for its distinctive red fall leaves, fruits, flowers and twigs. Its bark is smooth and grey but becomes furrowed, scaly and dark grey as the tree ages. Its leaves are 2.5 to 4 inches in length, with three to five pointed lobes that have serrated edges. It is Native to the Eastern United States.