Top Ten Popular Trees to Plant in the U.S. with a Bios Urn®

We have started doing posts with recommendations for trees for different parts of the world. In our last post, we covered South America. In this post, we will focus on the United States since it is so vast and encompasses so much!

The United States has varying hardiness zones, as defined and illustrated by the USDA. A hardiness zone is a geographically defined location in which certain plant life is capable of growing and thriving. It takes into account climate, as well as minimum and maximum temperatures in a given region. We have separated the states geographically according to hardiness zones, and general temperatures. For reference and clarity, you can also search on your own for your specific state hardiness zone.

Zones 3-5

Minnesota, Wisconsin

Zones 3-6 
Montana,  Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Colorado, Idaho, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine

Zones 5-6
West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Kansas, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Massachusetts, New York, Vermont

Zones 6-7
New Jersey

Zones 5-9
New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Oregon, Washington, California, Texas, Arizona

Zones 6-8
Tennessee, Virginia, Oklahoma, Delaware, Washington DC, Maryland, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina

Zones 8-10
Louisiana, Florida

Any of the below trees can be planted using a Bios Urn®! Some may be easier to grow than others and have less processes involved. If you are curious about how to grow one of the below options, let us know here. 

The U.S is home to a number of wonderful tree species, and while this list is by no means exhaustive, it can serve as a general guide for native or common tree species. Most of the U.S falls in between zones 5-9. Here are the top 10 options we have chosen which encompass nearly all zones in the U.S, and are beautiful to boot!

Red Maple

(Acer rubrum) – Red maple is one of the most common trees in the United States.  Its leaves turn a bright red color. It can comfortably grow in many sites, like dry zones and wetlands.

Sugar Maple

(Acer saccharum) – Famous for its emblematic representation on Canada´s flag, this tree is both sweet and beautiful.

American basswood

(Tilia americana) –  This tree dawns flowers which attract hordes of bees and other pretty insects. It is known also as the ¨humming tree,¨ for its magnetic effect.

Ponderosa Pine

(Pinus Ponderosa) This tree is integral to forests on the west coast. It is active and present in over 65% of all western forests.

Loblolly Pine

(Pinus taeda)– This beautiful pine can be planted anywhere from Texas to New Jersey.


(Liquidambar styraciflua)– It can grow in many zones and regions, including dry and wet areas.

Flowering Dogwood

(Cornus florida) – Flowering dogwood a beautiful flowering tree that is commonly see across North America.

Douglas Fir

(Pseudotsuga menziesii) – This teetering giant can grow to a huge height, and is surpassed only by the redwood! It grows well on most and dry sites and zones.

Quaking Aspen

(Populus tremuloides) – While the Red Maple tends to be the most populous, the Aspen is widely distributed in the U.S. It plays an important part in maintaining a diverse forest ecosystem.

White oak

(Quercus alba) A majestic and beautiful Oak tree. The acorns which stems from this Oak tree are valuable to wildlife, and nearly 200 kinds of birds and mammals feeds off of them.

Hardiness Zones by State

Interested in another region? Find out our recommendations for your country in our articles covering different regions of the world:

South America

South Africa

Other regions will be published soon!

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    • Bios Urn says

      Hello John, since Hawaii has such a unique flora, we do recommend using native species to respect the local environment 🙂 We can assist you with some possible options you can find within Hawaii.
      Let us know your exact location and the kind of trees you are interested in, and we can send some info

  1. Judith Johnson says

    I am very interested in the Bio Urn and would like to purchase one for my husband and I, what is the base price?
    I am very interested in purchasing the Bios Urn for my husband and I, what is the base price?
    This is such a very good idea and would eventually eliminate the need for cemeteries!
    I hope that many more people will be receptive to this way of continuing life!

  2. Deborah Rheaume says

    I grew up in New Hampshire. It would be nice to have my ashes created into one of your bio urns. I would like the tree to be something that could supply food for the deer in the forest. Could I arrange to have myself cremated, have my ashes used to support the eco system in this way? Would a crab apple tree be easily sustained in the wild? Do you have a better suggestion for a type of tree that might feed the deer?
    Also, is it legal to plant this bio urn tree in New Hampshire? Do you know if it could be planted on New Hampshire public land? If you do not know can you direct me to where I could find this information?

    • Bios Urn says

      Hi Deborah! Great question. We would be happy to provide locations in NH which allow for planting the Bios Urn. We would recommend a tree suitable to the planting zone, and which is more low maintenance if you are not going to be tending to it.

    • Bios Urn says

      Oh wow you are totally right! And the first person to flag this up. Thank you! New Jersey is mentioned further below in the Loblolly Pine section, however it doesn´t currently appear in the list of States. We will update this asap! Please check in again in about a week!

  3. Bette Davis says

    I live in Minnesota as do my children. Are there recommended places to put the Bio Urn in Minnesota .?
    I would love a list of good trees for Minnesota. I am interested in the urn that ” takes care of itself? ( so to speak) What is the price?
    THank you so much, Bette Davis

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