Recommended Species

This list contains trees that the City currently installs as street trees:

 

Shade Tree (no wires present)                         Height (feet)
American elm (Ulmus americana)    50-70
Armstrong Red maple (Acer x freemanii)     50-70
Black oak (Quercus velutina) 50-60
Black tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica) 30-50
Dawn redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) 75
Elm cultivars (Ulmus sp.) 40-60
Ginkgo (Gingko biloba) 40-80
Golden raintree (Koelreuteria paniculata) 30-40
Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis) 60
Honeylocust (Gleditsia triacanthos) 45-50
Hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana) 35
Katsuratree (Cercidiphyllum japonicum) 50
Kentucky coffeetree (Gymnocladus dioicus) 75
Littleleaf linden (Tilia cordata) 45-60
London planetree (Platanus x acerifolia) 80
Pear spp (Pyrus sp.) 30-40
Pin oak (Quercus palustris) 75
Red maple (Acer rubrum) 40-70
Red oak (Quercus rubra) 75
River birch (Betula nigra) 50-70
Silver linden (Tilia tormentosa) 30-40
Sophora (Sophora (Styphnolobium) japonica) 50
Swamp White oak (Quercus bicolor) 45
Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua) 65
Tuliptree (Liriodendron tulipifera) 70-90
Zelkova (Zelkova serrata) 50-70

 Ornamental Tree (overhead wires present)           Height (feet)
Amur maackia (Maackia amurensis) 20-30
Accolade cherry (Prunus 'Accolade') 20
Akebono cherry (Prunus x yedoensis 'Akebono') 25
Autumn cherry (Prunus subhirtella 'Autumnalis') 25-40
Crabapple spp (Malus sp.) 15-25
Eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis) 20-30
Hedge Maple (Acer campestre) 25-30
Japanese tree lilac (Syringa reticulata) 20-30
Kwanzan cherry (Prunus serrulata 'Kwanzan') 25
Okame cherry (Prunus x incam 'Okame') 15-25
Paperbark maple (Acer griseum) 30
Sargent cherry (Prunus sargentii) 25-40
Serviceberry (Amelanchier sp.) 20-30
Snowgoose cherry (Prunus serrulata 'Snowgoose') 20

Please note:  List in not inclusive and depends on availability 

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