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Suggested Trees for Planting on Public Property in Richfield, Utah

by Michael Kuhns, Extension Forestry Specialist

General Considerations

Match tree to the specific planting site. Remember small planting sites (4-6' wide or less) aren't good places for small trees because the crowns get in the way of whatever is surrounding them (sidewalk, street) and never grow high enough to get out of the way. Investigate specific varieties when you order or buy. For example, you shouldn't just order an English oak (Quercus robur) because you might get one that has a narrow, Lombardy poplar-type crown (variety 'Fasigiata') or one that is broad crowned. Don't stick with just this list in all circumstances. There are many other good trees to plant.

Large Deciduous Trees

Norway maple (Acer platanoides) -- over-planted
common hackberry (Celtis occidentalis) -- tough tree; American elm-like appearance
ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) -- yellow fall color; no insect or disease problems; plant males only
thornless honeylocust (Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis) -- tough street tree; don't overplant
Kentucky coffeetree (Gymnocladus dioicus) -- nice leave, bark, and twigs; tough
bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa) -- tough; adaptable
English oak (Quercus robur) -- many different sizes, shapes, colors available
silver linden (Tilia tomentosa) -- one of the tougher lindens, also good looking
Japanese zelkova (Zelkova serrata) -- red to purple fall color

Small to Medium Deciduous Trees

hedge maple (Acer campestre) -- good street tree
canyon/bigtooth maple (Acer grandidentatum) -- Utah native; good fall color
hawthorns (cockspur Crataegus crusgalli, English C. phaenopyrum, Washington C. laevigata) -- tough; nice fall color, flowers, fruit color
goldenraintree (Koelreuteria paniculata) -- showy yellow flower clusters
crabapples (Malus species) -- many species and varieties; plant fruitless varieties (like 'Spring Snow') or those with small, persistent fruit like 'Red Jade' or 'Indian Magic'
Callery pears (Pyrus calleryana) -- good flowers and fall color; almost fruitless; avoid 'Bradford'; 'Chanticleer' is more cold-hardy
Japanese tree lilac (Syringa reticulata) -- white flower clusters; tough


junipers (Juniperus species) -- not exciting, but tough
European larch (Larix decidua) -- deciduous; needles turn golden yellow and fall off in autumn
white (Blackhills) spruce (Picea glauca 'Densata') -- better adapted than blue spruce
Austrian pine (Pinus nigra) -- tough; adaptable; dark green, long needles
ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) -- Utah native; drought tolerant; very long needles
Scotch pine (Pinus sylvestris) -- orange upper bark