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
Acer Negundo/
Box Elder
D. 40+ 40+ 35-40 6-8   Yes
5
Agonis FIexuosa/
Peppermint Tree
E. 20-40 20-40 35-40 4-6 Yes  
6
Albizia Julibrissin/
Silk Tree
D. 20-40 20-40 35-40 4-6 Yes  
7
Alnus Cordata/
ItaIian Alder
D. 40+ 20-40 35-40 6-8    
8
Alnus Rhombifolia/
White Alder
D. 40+ 40+ 35-40 8+   Yes
9
Angophora Costata/
Gum Myrtle
E. 20-40 20-40 35-40 4-6 Yes  
10
Araucaria Heterophylla/
Norfolk Island Pine
C. 40+ 20-40 30-35 4-6 Yes  
11
Arbutus Menziesii/
Madrone
E. 40+ 40+ 35-40 6-8 Yes Yes
12
Archontophoenix Cunninghamiana/
King Palm
P. 40+ 20-30 25-30 3-4 Yes  
13
Arecastrum Romanzoffianum/
Queen PaIm
P. 40+ 40+ 25-30 3-4 Yes  
14
Bauhinia Purpurea/
Purple Orchid Tree
D. 20-40 -20 25-30 3-4 Yes  
15
Bauhinia V. Candida/
White Orchid Tree
D. 20-40 -20 25-30 3-4 Yes  
16
Betula Nigra/
River Birch
D. 40+ 20-40 35-40 4-6    
17
Betula Pendula/
European White Birch
D. 20-40 20-40 30-35 3-4    
18
Bisohofia Javanica/
Toog Tree
E. 40+ 20-40 35-40 6-8    
19
Brahea Armata/
Mexican Blue Palm
P. 20-40 -20 25-30 4-6 Yes  
20
Brahea Edulis/
Guadalupe Palm
P. 20-40 -20 25-30 4-6 Yes  
21
Broussonetia Papyrifera/
Paper Mulberry
D. 20-40 20-40 35-40 6-8 Yes  
22
Butia Capitita/
Pindo Palm
E. -20 -20 25-30 3-4 Yes  
23
Callistemon Salignus/
White Bottle Brush
E. 20-40 20-40 30-35 3-4 Yes  
24
Calistemon Viminalis/
Weeping Bottle Brush
E. 20-40 20-40 30-35 3-4 Yes  
25
Calocedrus Decurrens/
lncense Cedar
C. 40+ 20-40 30-35 6-8 Yes Yes
26
Calodendrum Capense/
Cape Chestnut
D. 20-40 40+ 35-40 8+ Yes  
27
Cassia Excelsa/
Crown of Gold
E. 20-40 20-40 30-35 4-6    
28
Cassia Leptophylla/
Gold Medallion Tree
E. 20-40 20-40 30-35 4-6    
29
Castanea Mollissima/
Chinese Chestnut
D. 40+ 40+ 35-40 8+    
30
Castanea Sativa/
Spanish Chestnut
D. 40+ 40+ 35-40 8+    
31
Castanospermum Australe/
Moreton Bay Chestnut
E. 40+ 40+ 35-40 8+    
32
Casuarina Cunninghamiana/
River She-oak
C. 20-40 20-40 35-40 6-8 Yes  
33
Catalpa Bignonioides/
Common Catalpa
D. 20-40 20-40 30-35 6-8 Yes  
34
Catalpa Speciosa/
Western Catalpa
D. 40+ 40+ 35-40 6-8 Yes  
35
Cedrela Fissilis/
Brazilian Cedar Wood
D. 40+ 40+ 35-40 8+ Yes  
36
Cedrus Atlantica/
Atlas Cedar
C. 40+ 40+ 35-40 8+ Yes  
37
Cedrus Deodara/
Deodar Cedar
C. 40+ 40+ 35-40 8+ Yes  
38
Cedrus Libani/
Cedar of Lebanon
C. 40+ 40+ 35-40 8+ Yes  
39
Celtis Occidentalis/
Common Hackberry
D. 20-40 20-40 30-35 4-6 Yes  
40
Celtis Reticulata/
Western Hackberry
D. 20-40 20-40 30-35 4-6 Yes Yes
41
Cercis Canadensis/
Eastern Redbud
D. -20 -20 25-30 3-4    
42
Cercis Occidentalis/
Western Redbud
D. -20 -20 25-30 3-4 Yes Yes
43
Chilopsis Linearis/
Desert Willow
D. 20-40 20-40 30-35 4-6 Yes Yes
44
Chionanthus Retusus/
Chinese Fringe Tree
D. -20 -20 25-30 4-6    
45
Chitalpa Tashkentensis/
Chitalpa
D. 20-40 20-40 25-30 4-6 Yes  
46
Cinnamomum Camphora/
Camphor Tree
E. 20-40 40+ 35-40 8+ Yes  
47
Crinodendron Patagua/
Lily OfValley Tree
E. 20-40 20-40 30-35 6-8    
48
Cryptocarya Rubra/
Cryptocarya
E. 20-40 40+ 35-40 6-8    
49
Crytomeria Japonica/
Japanese Cryptomeria
C. 40+ 40+ 35-40 8+    
50
Cupressus Glabra/
Smooth Arizona Cypress
C. 40+ 40+ 35-40 6-8 Yes  
51
Cupressus Macrocarpa/
Monterey Cypress
C. 40+ 40+ 35-40 6-8 Yes Yes
52
Eriobotrya Deflexa/
Bronze Loquat
E. -20 -20 25-30 3-4    
53
Erythrina Crista-Galli/
Cockspur Coral Tree
D. 20-40 20-40 30-35 6-8 Yes  
54
Erythrina Coralloides/
Naked Coral
D. 20-40 20-40 30-35 6-8 Yes  
55
Erythrina Humeana/
Natal Coral
D. 20-40 20-40 30-35 6-8 Yes  
56
Eucalyptus Camaldulensis/
Red Gum
E. 40+ 40+ 35-40 8+ Yes  
57
Eucalyptus Citriodora/
Lemon Scented Gum
E. 40+ 20-40 30-35 6-8    
58
Eucalyptus Cornuta/
Yate
E. 20-40 20-40 30-35 6-8 Yes  
59
Eucalyptus Erythrocorys/
Red-Cap Gum
E. 20-40 20-40 30-35 6-8 Yes  
60
Eucalyptus Ficifolia/
Red-Flowering Gum
E. 20-40 20-40 30-35 6-8    
61
Eucalyptus Lehmannii/
Bushy Yate
E. 20-40 20-40 35-40 6-8 Yes  
62
Eucalyptus Leucoxylon/
White lronbark
E. 20-40 20-40 35-40 6-8 Yes  
63
Eucalyptus Nicholii/
Willowleaf Peppermint
E. 20-40 20-40 30-35 4-6 Yes  
64
Eucalyptus Polyanthemos/
Silver Dollar Gum
E. 40+ 20-40 35-40 6-8 Yes  
65
Eucalyptus Rudis/
Desert Gum
E. 40+ 40+ 35-40 8+ Yes  
66
Eucalyptus Sideroxylon/
Red Ironbark
E. 40+ 40+ 35-40 8+ Yes  
67
Eucalyptus Torquata/
Coral Gum
E. 20-40 20-40 30-35 4-6 Yes  
68
Ficus Macrophylla/
Moreton Bay Fig
E. 40-60 60-100 40+ 8+ Yes  
69
Ficus Rubigenosa/
Rustyleaf Fig
E. 20-40 20-40 35-40 6-8 Yes  
70
Geijera Parviflora/
Australian Willow
E. 20-40 20-40 30-35 6-8 Yes  
71
Ginkgo Biloba/
Maidenhair Tree
D. 40+ 20-40 30-35 4-6    
72
Gleditsia Triacanthos Inermis
Honey Locust
D. 20-40 20-40 30-35 4-6    
73
Harpephyllum Caffrum/
Kaffir Plum
E. 20-40 20-40 35-40 6-8 Yes  
74
Hymenosporum Flavum/
Sweet Shade
E. 20-40 -20 25-30 3-4    
75
Ilex Altaclarensis Wilsonii/
Wilson Holly
E. -20 -20 25-30 3-4 Yes  
76
Jacaranda Mimosifolia/
Jacaranda
D. 20-40 20-40 35-40 6-8    
77
Jubaea Chilensis/
Chilean Wine Palm
P. 40+ 20-40 30-35 4-6    
78
Koelreuteria Bipinnata/
Chinese Flame Tree
D. 20-40 20-40 30-35 6-8    
79
Koelreuteria Paniculata/
Golden Rain
D. 20-40 20-40 30-35 6-8 Yes  
80
Lagerstroemia Indica/
Crape Myrtle
D. -20 -20 25-30 3-4 Yes  
81
Lagunaria Patersonii/
Primrose Tree
E. 40+ 20-40 30-35 6-8 Yes  
82
Laurus Nobilis/
Sweet Bay
E. 20-40 -20 25-30 4-6 Yes  
83
Ligustrum Japonicum/
Japanese Privet
E. 20-40 20-40 30-35 4-6 Yes  
84
Liriodendron Tulipifera/
Tulip Tree
D. 40+ 20-40 35-40 6-8    
85
Lithocarpus Densiflorus/
Tan Bark Oak
E. 40+ 20-40 30-35 6-8 Yes Yes
86
Liquidambar Orientalis/
Oriental Sweetgum
D. 20-40 20-40 25-35 4-6 Yes  
87
Lyonathamnus Floribondus/
Catalina Ironwood
E. 40+ 20-40 30-35 4-6 Yes Yes
88
Macadamia Integrifolia/
Smooth-Shell Macadamia
E. 20-40 20-40 30-35 4-6 Yes  
89
Magnolia Grandiflora/
Southern Magnolia
E. 20-40 20-40 35-40 6-8    
90
Magnolia Grandiflora/
St. Mary Magnolia
E. -20 -20 25-30 3-4    
91
Magnolia Grandiflora/
Majestic Beauty Southern Magnolia
E. 20-40 20-40 25-30 4-6    
92
Melaleuca Linariifolia/
Flaxleaf Paperbark
E. 20-40 20-40 30-35 4-6 Yes  
93
Melaleuca Quinquenervia/
Cajeput
E. 20-40 20-40 30-35 4-6 Yes  
94
Melia Azedarach/
Chinaberry
D. 20-40 40+ 35-40 6-8 Yes  
95
Metrosideros Excelsus/
New Zealand Christmas Tree
E. -20 -20 25-30 3-4 Yes  
96
Myoporum Laetum/
Myoporum
E. -20 20-40 30-35 6-8    
97
Nyssa Sylvatica/
Sour Gum
D. 40+ -20 30-35 4-6 Yes  
98
Olea Europae/
Olive
E. 20-40 -20 30-35 6-8 Yes  
99
Phoenix Canariensis/
Canary Island Date Palm
P. 40+ 40+ 35-40 6-8 Yes  
100
Phoenix Dactylifera/
Date Palm
P. 40+ 40+ 35-40 6-8 Yes  
101
Photinia Serrulata/
Chinese Photinia
E. -20 -20 25-30 3-4 Yes  
102
Photinia Fraseri/
Photinia
E. -20 -20 25-30 3-4 Yes  
103
Pinus Canariensis/
Canary Island Pine
C. 40+ 20-40 35-40 6-8 Yes  
104
Pinus Eldarica/
Mondell Pine
C. 40+ 20-40 35-40 6-8 Yes  
105
Pinus Halepensis/
Aleppo Pine
C. 40+ 40+ 35-40 6-8 Yes  
106
Pinus Muricata/
Bishop Pine
C. 40+ 40+ 35-40 6-8 Yes Yes
107
Pinus Patula/
Jelecote Pine
C. 40+ 40+ 35-40 6-8 Yes  
108
Pinus Pinea/
Italian Stone Pine
C. 40+ 40+ 35-40 6-8 Yes  
109
Pinus Radiata/
Monterey Pine
C. 40+ 40+ 35-40 6-8 Yes Yes
110
Pinus Torreyana/
Torrey Pine
C. 40+ 40+ 35-40 6-8 Yes Yes
111
Pistacia Chinensis/
Chinese Pistache
D. 40+ 40+ 35-40 6-8 Yes  
112
Pittosporum Rhombifolium/
Queensland Pittosporum
E. 20-40 20-40 30-35 4-6 Yes  
113
Pittosporum Undulatum/
Victorian Box
E. 20-40 20-40 30-35 4-6 Yes  
114
Platanus X Acerifolia/
London Plane
D. 40+ 40+ 35-40 6-8    
115
Platanus Racemosa/
California Sycamore
D. 40+ 40+ 35-40 6-8   Yes
116
Podocarpus Gracilior/
African Fern Pine
E. 40+ 20-40 30-35 6-8    
117
Podocarpus Macrophyllus/
Shrubby Yew Pine
E. 20-40 -20 25-30 4-6    
118
Prosopis Glandulosa/
Mesquite
D. 20-40 40+ 35-40 6-8 Yes Yes
119
Prunus Caroliniana/
Carolina Laurel Cherry
E. 20-40 20-40 30-35 4-6 Yes  
120
Prunus Cerasifera/
Purple-leaf Flowering Plum
D. 20-40 20-40 25-30 3-4    
121
Prunus Ilicifolia/
Hollyleaf Cherry
E. 20-40 20-40 30-35 4-6 Yes Yes
122
Pyrus Calleryana/
Ornamental Pear
D. 20-40 -20 30-35 3-4    
123
Pyrus Kawakamii/
Evergreen Pear
E. 20-40 20-40 30-35 4-6    
124
Quercus Agrifolia/
Coast Live Oak
E. 40+ 40+ 35-40 8+ Yes Yes
125
Quercus Coccinea/
Scarlet Oak
D. 40+ 40+ 35-40 8+ Yes  
126
Quercus Engelmannii/
Mesa Oak
E. 40+ 40+ 35-40 6-8 Yes Yes
127
Quercus Lobata/
Valley Oak
D. 40+ 40+ 35-40 8+ Yes Yes
128
Quercus Suber/
Cork Oak
E. 20-40 20-40 30-35 6-8 Yes  
129
Quercus Virginiana/
Southern Live Oak
E. 40+ 40+ 35-40 6-8    
130
Quillaja Saponaria/
Soapbark Tree
Image/Specs not available
E. 20-40 20-40 30-35 6-8 Yes  
131
Rhus Lancea/
African Sumac
E. 20-40 20-40 30-35 4-6 Yes  
132
Robinia Pseudoacacia/
Black Locust
D. 20-40 20-40 30-35 4-6 Yes  
133
Robinia Ambigua Idahoensis/
Idaho Locust
D. 20-40 20-40 30-35 3-4 Yes  
134
Sapium Sebiferum/
Chinese Tallow Tree
D. 20-40 20-40 30-35 4-6    
135
Schinus Molle/
California Pepper
E. 20-40 20-40 30-35 4-6 Yes  
136
Schinus Terebinthifolius/
Brazilian Pepper
E. 20-40 20-40 30-35 4-6 Yes  
137
Sequoiadendron Giganteum/
Giant Sequoia
C. 40+ 40+ 35-40 8+ Yes Yes
138
Sequoia Sempervirens/
Redwood
C. 40+ 40+ 35-40 8+   Yes
139
Stenocarpus Sinuatus/
Firewheel Tree
E. 20-40 20-40 30-35 4-6    
140
Tabebuia Avellanedae/
Lavender Trumpet Tree
D. 20-40 20-40 30-35 3-4    
141
Tabebuia Chrysotricha/
Golden Trumpet Tree
D. 20-40 20-40 30-35 3-4    
142
Taxodium Mucronatum/
Montezuma Cypress
C. 40+ 40+ 35-40 8+    
143
Tilia Americana/
American Linden
D. 40+ 40+ 35-40 6-8    
144
Tilia Cordata/
Littleleaf Linden
D. 40+ 40+ 35-40 6-8    
145
Tipuana Tipu/
Tipu Tree
D. 40+ 40+ 35-40 8+    
146
Tristania Conferta/
Brisbane Box
E. 20-40 20-40 30-35 4-6 Yes  
147
Ulmus Parvifolia Sempervirens/ Chinese Elm
E. 20-40 20-40 35-40 6-8 Yes  
148
Umbellularia Californica/
California Laurel
E. 40+ 20-40 35-40 6-8 Yes Yes
149
Washingtonia Filifera/
California Fan Palm
P. 40+ 20-40 30-35 6-8 Yes Yes
150
Washingtonia Robusta/
Mexican Fan Palm
P. 40+ 20-40 30-35 4-6 Yes  
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