Tree Shapes

Simple guide to various tree shapes that are used in the plant descriptions.

 Vase Shaped Trees

vase shapedVase shaped trees have central trunk that branches into an upright, arching shape that’s widest at the top, like a traditional vase.



Open-Rounded Spreading Trees

oval rounded spreadingWe define these trees as having an open, irregular shape that may be wider than it is tall.



Pyramidal Trees

pyramidalPyramidal trees are wider at the bottom, with a main center trunk and horizontal branches. The branches may start at ground level or higher up the trunk.

 



Weeping Trees

weepingThe shape of weeping trees is often irregular and dramatic, making them an excellent specimen or accent tree. Weeping trees have flexible, long branches that hang down and may even touch the ground. 

 


Ovate or Oval Shape

ovate ovalOvate or oval shaped trees are upright, with a strong central trunk that branches into an oval-shaped crown. They make strong shade and may have such dense foliage that the branches are concealed.



Upright-Narrow-Fastigiate Trees

upright narrow fasigiateKnown by a variety of names upright, narrow or fasigiate trees are column shaped, tall and very thin, with upright branches.  These are great trees for narrow spaces.



Globular or Standard Trees

globular standardGlobular trees are often referred to as 'Standard' shaped trees.  They consist of a globe or ball shaped crown of dense foliage and a straight trunk. 



Rounded trees

rounded

Rounded trees are upright, with a central strong trunk that branches into a dense round crown. They make strong shade and may have such dense foliage that the branches are concealed.

 


Conical Trees

conicalConical trees are similar in shape to pyramidal but have branches and foliage that hide the the trunk and reach the ground.