Ornamental characteristics are important factors in tree selection even though they usually have little to do with whether a tree can survive and thrive on its site.
Ornamental factors to consider include flower and fruit presence and appearance, foliage color and texture, bark characteristics, shade density, fall color, and winter appearance. Some trees
have thorns or spines, objectionable odors, a tendency to have basal or root sprouts, or maintenance-related needs that also should be considered. 'Yes' in this database means that a species
is noted for a particular ornamental feature; 'No' means it is not, though there may be exceptions depending on cultivar.