Safe shade trees for horses #667032

Asked July 21, 2020, 3:33 PM EDT

I have a client who wants to know what trees she could plant in a horse pasture for shade.

Noble County Indiana

Expert Response

Good Morning!
Many of our shade trees are safe for horse pastures except the following: Any Maple species (fallen leaves can produce gallic acid), Black Locust and Cherry Trees.
Native trees to Indiana that could be good choices (depending on soil types) could include (from the Indiana Wildlife Federation website):


Black Ash, Fraxinus nigra
Blue Ash, Fraxinus quadrangulata
Green Ash, Fraxinus pennsylvanica
Pumpkin Ash, Fraxinus profunda
White Ash, Fraxinus americana
Bigtooth Aspen, Populus grandidentata
American Beech, Fagus grandifolia
Gray Birch, Betula populifolia
Paper Birch, Betula papyrifera
River Birch, Betula nigra
Yellow Birch, Betula alleghaniensis
Blue Beech, Carpinus caroliniana
Box Elder, Acer negundo
Ohio Buckeye, Aesculus glabra
Yellow Buckeye, Aesculus flava
Butternut or White Walnut, Juglans cinerea
Northern Catalpa, Catalpa speciosa
American Chestnut, Castenea dentata
Kentucky Coffeetree, Gymnocladus dioicus
Eastern Cottonwood, Populus deltoides
Swamp Cottonwood, Populus heterophylla
Prairie Crabapple, Malus ioensis
Sweet Crabapple, Malus coronaria
American Elm, Ulmus americana
Cork Elm, Ulmus thomasii
Slippery Elm, Ulmus rubra
Winged Elm, Ulmus alata
Common Hackberry, Celtis occidentalis
Bitternut Hickory, Carya cordiformis
Black Hickory, Carya texana
Mockernut Hickory, Carya tomentosa
Pignut Hickory, Carya glabra
Sand Hickory, Carya pallida
Shagbark Hickory, Carya ovata
Shellbark Hickory, Carya laciniosa
American Hop-hornbeam, Ostrya virginiana
Hoptree, Ptelea trifoliata
American Hornbeam, Carpinus caroliniana
American Larch, Larix laricina
Showy Mountain-ash, Sorbus decora
Red Mulberry, Morus rubra
Black Oak, Quercus velutina
Blackjack Oak, Quercus marilandica
Bur Oak, Quercus macrocarpa
Cherrybark Oak, Quercus pagoda
Chestnut Oak, Quercus montana
Chinkapin Oak, Quercus muehlenbergii
Northern Pin or Hill's Oak, Quercus ellipsoidalis
Overcup Oak, Quercus lyrata
Pin Oak, Quercus palustris
Post Oak, Quercus stellata
Red Oak, Quercus rubra
Scarlet Oak, Quercus coccinea
Shingle Oak, Quercus imbricaria
Shumard Oak, Quercus shumardii
Swamp Chestnut Oak, Quercus michauxii
Swamp White Oak, Quercus bicolor
White Oak, Quercus alba
Pawpaw, Asimina triloba
Pecan, Carya illinoinensis
Persimmon, Diospyros virginiana
American Plum, Prunus americana
Balsam Poplar, Populus balsamifera
Tulip Poplar, Liriodendron tulipifera
Eastern Redbud, Cercis canadensis
Sassafras, Sassafras albidum
Allegheny Serviceberry, Amelanchier laevis
Downy Serviceberry, Amelanchier arborea
Sourwood, Oxydendrum arboreum
Sugarberry, Celtis laevigata
Sweetgum, Liquidambar styraciflua
Sycamore, Platanus occidentalis
Tamarack, Larix laricina
Black Tupelo or Black Gum, Nyssa sylvatica
Black Willow, Salix nigra
Peachleaf Willow, Salix amigdaloides
Yellowwood, Cladrastis kentukea

Elysia Rodgers

Elysia Rodgers Replied July 27, 2020, 10:36 AM EDT

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