Midwestern Native Shrubs and Trees
Gardening Alternatives to Nonnative Species: An Illustrated Guide

By Charlotte Adelman and Bernard L. Schwartz

“Profusely and beautiful illustrated with full color photography throughout, and impressively comprehensive, exceptionally informative, extraordinarily well written, and thoroughly user-friendly in organization and presentation… Strongly recommended for professional, community, and academic library Midwestern gardening, horticultural, and conservation collections [and] the personal reading lists of landscapers, gardeners, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject.”

Midwest Book Review

"[Midwestern Native Shrubs and Trees] should be a staple in your home library. For any reader looking to transform their yard into a natural landscape with native shrubs and trees, it's the only book you'll need as you start planning your new yard … It allows you to not only pick shrubs and trees based on their looks, but also on their value to birds and pollinators."

Wild Ones Journal

“One of the most important … reference books recently published is Midwestern Native Shrubs and Trees: Gardening Alternatives to Nonnative Species… An extraordinary amount of information is found in this guide, including extensive descriptions of hundreds of non-native plants and their native alternatives to plant in your yard.”

The Plain Dealer

“This Midwest guide assists gardeners and landscapers with planning or updating their property.…This companion to The Midwestern Native Garden offers suggestions to those seeking native woody alternatives to non-native ornamental shrubs and trees. Adelman and Schwartz divided the book into four seasons; each lists non-native plants but following each entry, at least one native woody species is listed that resembles the non-native plant in height, features and cultivation needs. Photos and illustrations are included on every page, which provide a necessary visual for the native plants suggested by the authors.”

USA Today

In this companion volume to the bestselling The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants, Charlotte Adelman and Bernard L. Schwartz offer another indispensible guide to replacing nonnative plants with native alternatives. This time, their subject is the native woody species that are the backbone of our gardens and landscapes.

Among other ecological benefits, native shrubs and trees provide birds and butterflies with vital food and reproductive sites that nonnative species cannot offer. And they tend to be hardier and easier to maintain. The authors provide a comprehensive selection of native woody alternatives that, season by season, provide effects similar to those of nonnative shrubs and trees used for ornamental purposes and shade. These plants are suitable for all garden styles, provide blooms and fall color, and have the same cultivation requirements as their nonnative counterparts. Nature notes alert readers to the native species’ unique ecological roles.

Unlike other gardening guides, Midwestern Native Shrubs and Trees goes beyond mere suggestion to provide gardeners with the tools they need to make informed, thoughtful choices. Knowing which native species to plant for desired effects empowers landscapers and gardeners to take on a greater role in protecting our midwestern environment.

Charlotte Adelman and Bernard L. Schwartz are the authors of Prairie Directory of North America – The United States, Canada, and Mexico and The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants, winner of the 2012 Helen Hull Award from the National Garden Clubs. In 2014, Adelman was awarded an Audubon Chicago Region Habitat Project Conservation Leadership Award.

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Additional Praise for Midwestern Native Shrubs and Trees

“A comprehensive and ambitious undertaking… Meticulously researched and annotated, this in-depth guide synthesizes a vast body of knowledge on subjects ranging from native and nonnative woody plants to biodiversity, lepidopterology (study of butterflies and moths), and ornithology (study of birds).”

The Gardener's Path

Midwestern Native Shrubs and Trees...is packed with information and photos about native Midwestern plants and the species that benefit from them—primarily insects and birds.... With this in mind, [Adelman and Schwartz] dive in, dividing the book into seasons of the year as a way to introduce the benefits of native trees and shrubs."

The Mike Nowak Show

“Native landscapes are going strong in our area....There are some native tree and shrub proponents in our area who have published a book. What I love about it is the tree you see on the cover is Malus ioensis, Iowa Prairie Crab....[It's] great to be on the front of a curve.”

Byron Nursery

“This is a complete reference book with 448 pages and 484 color photos. Aside from specifying ornamental attributes, the authors include ‘Nature Notes’ to indicate species of butterflies, birds, and other pollinators that are attracted to the native shrub or tree.”

Donna VanBeucken, Accent on Natural Landscaping

“[Midwestern Native Shrubs and Trees is] an indispensible guide to replacing nonnative plants with native alternatives with a focus on native woody species that are the backbone of our gardens and landscapes.”

Gardening Know How

Midwestern Native Shrubs and Trees [is] such an impressive publication! It is beautifully written and illustrated and … a great practical guide. [Adelman and Schwartz] have given our region another powerful conservation tool.”


Midwestern Native Shrubs and Trees points out that there is more to gardening than meets the eye. The authors observe that planting shrubs and trees to do double duty is the way of the future in North America.”

Blazing Star: Newsletter of the North American Native Plant Society

[Midwestern Native Shrubs and Trees] rightly points out that woody species are the backbone of our gardens and landscapes. Moreover, they are critical reproduction sites and sources of food and shelter for a huge variety of butterflies, birds, and other wildlife. For those of us interested in promoting the return of declining species, native shrubs and trees are an essential part of the ecosystem.”

The Wetlands Initiative

“For nature lovers, artists at heart or homeowners who simply want low-maintenance landscapes, the authors make a convincing case.”

Columbus Dispatch

“A nice touch in the latest book is explaining what trees and shrubs can give back within each season. What flowers in the spring and summer? What gives us beautiful leaf color in the fall? And what interesting bark, decorative shapes and evergreens can perk up your yard in the dead of winter?...Pick any tree or shrub in your yard. You'll find out whether it's native or not if you look it up in their latest book.”

Mom, I think I'm Poignant!

“The preface and introduction alone set this book apart. Those few pages unfurl revelations … Like no other, the book points to human failure to anticipate the repercussions of widespread importation and cultivation of alien plants as replacements for natives. The authors deliver much more than the title promises."

The Cavity Conservation Initiative