Street Tree Selection Guide

The following list of trees are acceptable for planting in public right-of-way.
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T=Type   H=Height
C.=Conifer     CS=Crown Spread
D.=Deciduous    S=Spacing 
E.=Evergreen   PS=Parkway Size
P.=Palm    DT=Drought Tolerant   
N=Native
  Botanical Name/
Common Name

Image/Specs Available

T H CS S PS DT N
1
Acacia baileyana/
Bailey Acacia
E. 20-40 20-40 30-35 4-6 Yes  
2
Acacia melanoxylon/
Black Acacia
E. 40+ 40+ 35-40 6-8 Yes  
3
Acer macrophyllum/
Bigleaf Maple
D. 40+ 40+ 35-40 8+   Yes
4
Afrocarpus falcatus/
African Fern Pine
E. 40+ 20-40 30-35 6-8    
5
Albizia julibrissin/
Silk Tree
D. 20-40 20-40 35-40 4-6 Yes  
6
Alnus cordata/
ItaIian Alder
D. 40+ 20-40 35-40 6-8    
7
Alnus rhombifolia/
White Alder
D. 40+ 40+ 35-40 8+   Yes
8
Angophora costata/
Gum Myrtle
E. 20-40 20-40 35-40 4-6 Yes  
9
Araucaria heterophylla/
Norfolk Island Pine
C. 40+ 20-40 30-35 4-6 Yes  
10
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana/
King Palm
P. 40+ 20-30 25-30 3-4 Yes  
11
Arecastrum romanzoffianum/
Queen PaIm
P. 40+ 40+ 25-30 3-4 Yes  
12
Bauhinia purpurea/
Purple Orchid Tree
D. 20-40 -20 25-30 3-4 Yes  
13
Betula pendula/
European White Birch
D. 20-40 20-40 30-35 3-4    
14
Bischofia javanica/
Toog Tree
E. 40+ 20-40 35-40 6-8    
15
Brahea armata/
Mexican Blue Palm
P. 20-40 -20 25-30 4-6 Yes  
16
Broussonetia papyrifera/
Paper Mulberry
D. 20-40 20-40 35-40 6-8 Yes  
17
Butia capitita/
Pindo Palm
E. -20 -20 25-30 3-4 Yes  
18
Callistemon salignus/
White Bottle Brush
E. 20-40 20-40 30-35 3-4 Yes  
19
Callistemon viminalis/
Weeping Bottle Brush
E. 20-40 20-40 30-35 3-4 Yes  
20
Calocedrus decurrens/
lncense Cedar
C. 40+ 20-40 30-35 6-8 Yes Yes
21
Calodendrum capense/
Cape Chestnut
D. 20-40 40+ 35-40 8+ Yes  
22
Cassia excelsa/
Crown of Gold
E. 20-40 20-40 30-35 4-6    
23
Cassia leptophylla/
Gold Medallion Tree
E. 20-40 20-40 30-35 4-6    
24
Castanea mollissima/
Chinese Chestnut
D. 40+ 40+ 35-40 8+    
25
Castanea sativa/
Spanish Chestnut
D. 40+ 40+ 35-40 8+    
26
Castanospermum australe/
Moreton Bay Chestnut
E. 40+ 40+ 35-40 8+    
27
Casuarina cunninghamiana/
River She-oak
C. 20-40 20-40 35-40 6-8 Yes  
28
Catalpa bignonioides/
Common Catalpa
D. 20-40 20-40 30-35 6-8 Yes  
29
Catalpa speciosa/
Western Catalpa
D. 40+ 40+ 35-40 6-8 Yes  
30
Cedrela fissilis/
Brazilian Cedar Wood
D. 40+ 40+ 35-40 8+ Yes  
31
Cedrus atlantica/
Atlas Cedar
C. 40+ 40+ 35-40 8+ Yes  
32
Cedrus deodara/
Deodar Cedar
C. 40+ 40+ 35-40 8+ Yes  
33
Celtis laevigata var. reticulata/
Western Hackberry
D. 20-40 20-40 30-35 4-6 Yes Yes
34
Cercis canadensis/
Eastern Redbud
D. -20 -20 25-30 3-4    
35
Cercis occidentalis/
Western Redbud
D. -20 -20 25-30 3-4 Yes Yes
36
Chilopsis linearis/
Desert Willow
D. 20-40 20-40 30-35 4-6 Yes Yes
37
Chionanthus retusus/
Chinese Fringe Tree
D. -20 -20 25-30 4-6    
38
Chitalpa tashkentensis/
Chitalpa
D. 20-40 20-40 25-30 4-6 Yes  
39
Corymbia citriodora/
Lemon Scented Gum
E. 40+ 20-40 30-35 6-8    
40
Corymbia ficifolia/
Red-Flowering Gum
E. 20-40 20-40 30-35 6-8    
41
Crinodendron patagua/
Lily OfValley Tree
E. 20-40 20-40 30-35 6-8    
42
Cryptocarya rubra/
Cryptocarya
E. 20-40 40+ 35-40 6-8    
43
Cryptomeria japonica/
Japanese Cryptomeria
C. 40+ 40+ 35-40 8+    
44
Cupressus glabra/
Smooth Arizona Cypress
C. 40+ 40+ 35-40 6-8 Yes  
45
Cupressus macrocarpa/
Monterey Cypress
C. 40+ 40+ 35-40 6-8 Yes Yes
46
Eriobotrya deflexa/
Bronze Loquat
E. -20 -20 25-30 3-4    
47
Erythrina crista-galli/
Cockspur Coral Tree
D. 20-40 20-40 30-35 6-8 Yes  
48
Erythrina coralloides/
Naked Coral
D. 20-40 20-40 30-35 6-8 Yes  
49
Erythrina humeana/
Natal Coral
D. 20-40 20-40 30-35 6-8 Yes  
50
Eucalyptus camaldulensis/
Red Gum
E. 40+ 40+ 35-40 8+ Yes  
51
Eucalyptus cornuta/
Yate
E. 20-40 20-40 30-35 6-8 Yes  
52
Eucalyptus erythrocorys/
Red-Cap Gum
E. 20-40 20-40 30-35 6-8 Yes  
53
Eucalyptus lehmannii/
Bushy Yate
E. 20-40 20-40 35-40 6-8 Yes  
54
Eucalyptus leucoxylon/
White lronbark
E. 20-40 20-40 35-40 6-8 Yes  
55
Eucalyptus nicholii/
Willowleaf Peppermint
E. 20-40 20-40 30-35 4-6 Yes  
56
Eucalyptus polyanthemos/
Silver Dollar Gum
E. 40+ 20-40 35-40 6-8 Yes  
57
Eucalyptus rudis/
Desert Gum
E. 40+ 40+ 35-40 8+ Yes  
58
Eucalyptus sideroxylon/
Red Ironbark
E. 40+ 40+ 35-40 8+ Yes  
59
Eucalyptus torquata/
Coral Gum
E. 20-40 20-40 30-35 4-6 Yes  
60
Ficus macrophylla/
Moreton Bay Fig
E. 40-60 60-100 40+ 8+ Yes  
61
Ficus rubiginosa/
Rustyleaf Fig
E. 20-40 20-40 35-40 6-8 Yes  
62
Geijera parviflora/
Australian Willow
E. 20-40 20-40 30-35 6-8 Yes  
63
Ginkgo biloba/
Maidenhair Tree
D. 40+ 20-40 30-35 4-6    
64
Gleditsia triacanthos Inermis
Honey Locust
D. 20-40 20-40 30-35 4-6    
65
Handroanthus avellanedae/
Lavender Trumpet Tree
D. 20-40 20-40 30-35 3-4    
66
Handroanthus chrysotricha/
Golden Trumpet Tree
D. 20-40 20-40 30-35 3-4    
67
Harpephyllum caffrum/
Kaffir Plum
E. 20-40 20-40 35-40 6-8 Yes  
68
Hymenosporum flavum/
Sweet Shade
E. 20-40 -20 25-30 3-4    
69
Ilex altaclarensis wilsonii/
Wilson Holly
E. -20 -20 25-30 3-4 Yes  
70
Jacaranda mimosifolia/
Jacaranda
D. 20-40 20-40 35-40 6-8    
71
Jubaea chilensis/
Chilean Wine Palm
P. 40+ 20-40 30-35 4-6    
72
Koelreuteria bipinnata/
Chinese Flame Tree
D. 20-40 20-40 30-35 6-8    
73
Koelreuteria paniculata/
Golden Rain
D. 20-40 20-40 30-35 6-8 Yes  
74
Lagerstroemia indica/
Crape Myrtle
D. -20 -20 25-30 3-4 Yes  
75
Lagunaria patersonii/
Primrose Tree
E. 40+ 20-40 30-35 6-8 Yes  
76
Laurus nobilis/
Sweet Bay
E. 20-40 -20 25-30 4-6 Yes  
77
Ligustrum japonicum/
Japanese Privet
E. 20-40 20-40 30-35 4-6 Yes  
78
Liriodendron tulipifera/
Tulip Tree
D. 40+ 20-40 35-40 6-8    
79
Lithocarpus densiflorus/
Tan Bark Oak
E. 40+ 20-40 30-35 6-8 Yes Yes
80
Liquidambar orientalis/
Oriental Sweetgum
D. 20-40 20-40 25-35 4-6 Yes  
81
Lophostemon confertus/
Brisbane Box
E. 20-40 20-40 30-35 4-6 Yes  
82
Lyonothamnus floribondus/
Catalina Ironwood
E. 40+ 20-40 30-35 4-6 Yes Yes
83
Macadamia integrifolia/
Smooth-Shell Macadamia
E. 20-40 20-40 30-35 4-6 Yes  
84
Magnolia grandiflora/
Southern Magnolia
E. 20-40 20-40 35-40 6-8    
85
Magnolia grandiflora/
Majestic Beauty Southern Magnolia
E. 20-40 20-40 25-30 4-6    
86
Melaleuca quinquenervia/
Cajeput
E. 20-40 20-40 30-35 4-6 Yes  
87
Melia azedarach/
Chinaberry
D. 20-40 40+ 35-40 6-8 Yes  
88
Metrosideros excelsus/
New Zealand Christmas Tree
E. -20 -20 25-30 3-4 Yes  
89
Myoporum laetum/
Myoporum
E. -20 20-40 30-35 6-8    
90
Nyssa sylvatica/
Sour Gum
D. 40+ -20 30-35 4-6 Yes  
91
Olea europaea/
Olive
E. 20-40 -20 30-35 6-8 Yes  
92
Phoenix canariensis/
Canary Island Date Palm
P. 40+ 40+ 35-40 6-8 Yes  
93
Phoenix dactylifera/
Date Palm
P. 40+ 40+ 35-40 6-8 Yes  
94
Photinia serrulata/
Chinese Photinia
E. -20 -20 25-30 3-4 Yes  
95
Photinia fraseri/
Photinia
E. -20 -20 25-30 3-4 Yes  
96
Pinus canariensis/
Canary Island Pine
C. 40+ 20-40 35-40 6-8 Yes  
97
Pinus eldarica/
Mondell Pine
C. 40+ 20-40 35-40 6-8 Yes  
98
Pinus halepensis/
Aleppo Pine
C. 40+ 40+ 35-40 6-8 Yes  
99
Pinus muricata/
Bishop Pine
C. 40+ 40+ 35-40 6-8 Yes Yes
100
Pinus patula/
Jelecote Pine
C. 40+ 40+ 35-40 6-8 Yes  
101
Pinus torreyana/
Torrey Pine
C. 40+ 40+ 35-40 6-8 Yes Yes
102
Pistacia chinensis/
Chinese Pistache
D. 40+ 40+ 35-40 6-8 Yes  
103
Pittosporum rhombifolium/
Queensland Pittosporum
E. 20-40 20-40 30-35 4-6 Yes  
104
Pittosporum undulatum/
Victorian Box
E. 20-40 20-40 30-35 4-6 Yes  
105
Platanus X hispanica/
London Plane
D. 40+ 40+ 35-40 6-8    
106
Platanus racemosa/
California Sycamore
D. 40+ 40+ 35-40 6-8   Yes
107
Prosopis glandulosa/
Mesquite
D. 20-40 40+ 35-40 6-8 Yes Yes
108
Prunus caroliniana/
Carolina Laurel Cherry
E. 20-40 20-40 30-35 4-6 Yes  
109
Prunus cerasifera/
Purple-leaf Flowering Plum
D. 20-40 20-40 25-30 3-4    
110
Prunus ilicifolia/
Hollyleaf Cherry
E. 20-40 20-40 30-35 4-6 Yes Yes
111
Pyrus calleryana/
Ornamental Pear
D. 20-40 -20 30-35 3-4    
112
Pyrus kawakamii/
Evergreen Pear
E. 20-40 20-40 30-35 4-6    
113
Quercus agrifolia/
Coast Live Oak
E. 40+ 40+ 35-40 8+ Yes Yes
114
Quercus coccinea/
Scarlet Oak
D. 40+ 40+ 35-40 8+ Yes  
115
Quercus engelmannii/
Mesa Oak
E. 40+ 40+ 35-40 6-8 Yes Yes
116
Quercus lobata/
Valley Oak
D. 40+ 40+ 35-40 8+ Yes Yes
117
Quercus suber/
Cork Oak
E. 20-40 20-40 30-35 6-8 Yes  
118
Quercus virginiana/
Southern Live Oak
E. 40+ 40+ 35-40 6-8    
119
Quillaja saponaria/
Soapbark Tree
Image/Specs not available
E. 20-40 20-40 30-35 6-8 Yes  
120
Rhus lancea/
African Sumac
E. 20-40 20-40 30-35 4-6 Yes  
121
Robinia pseudoacacia/
Black Locust
D. 20-40 20-40 30-35 4-6 Yes  
122
Robinia Ambigua idahoensis/
Idaho Locust
D. 20-40 20-40 30-35 3-4 Yes  
123
Schinus terebinthifolius/
Brazilian Pepper
E. 20-40 20-40 30-35 4-6 Yes  
124
Sequoiadendron giganteum/
Giant Sequoia
C. 40+ 40+ 35-40 8+ Yes Yes
125
Sequoia sempervirens/
Redwood
C. 40+ 40+ 35-40 8+   Yes
126
Stenocarpus sinuatus/
Firewheel Tree
E. 20-40 20-40 30-35 4-6    
127
Taxodium mucronatum/
Montezuma Cypress
C. 40+ 40+ 35-40 8+    
128
Tilia americana/
American Linden
D. 40+ 40+ 35-40 6-8    
129
Tilia cordata/
Littleleaf Linden
D. 40+ 40+ 35-40 6-8    
130
Tipuana tipu/
Tipu Tree
D. 40+ 40+ 35-40 8+    
131
Ulmus Parvifolia sempervirens/ Chinese Elm
E. 20-40 20-40 35-40 6-8 Yes  
132
Umbellularia californica/
California Laurel
E. 40+ 20-40 35-40 6-8 Yes Yes
133
Washingtonia filifera/
California Fan Palm
P. 40+ 20-40 30-35 6-8 Yes Yes
134
Washingtonia robusta/
Mexican Fan Palm
P. 40+ 20-40 30-35 4-6 Yes  
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