Recommended Tree List

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To follow is City Forestry’s current Street Tree List. Our list is ever-changing guided by field observations for urban tolerance and, resistance to insects and diseases, as various issues arise or change. We are always happy to discuss characteristics of trees and optimal planting sites for individual species. We can likely direct you to examples of all of the street tree species listed, somewhere in Oak Creek.

STREET TREE LIST

Large Growing Trees:
  • Ohio buckeye - Aesculus glabra – ‘Homestead,’ ‘Autumn Splendor’
  • Horsechestnut – Aesculus hippocastanum – ‘Baumannii’, possibly other
  • Hackberry – Celtis occidentalis
  • Ginkgo - Ginkgo biloba – male cultivars only
  • Kentucky coffeetree – Gynmocladus dioicus – male cultivars only
  • Honeylocust – Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis
  • Sycamore/Planetree – Platanus – Anthracnose resistant cultivars
  • Oaks - Quercus:
    • White oak – Q. alba
    •  Swamp White oak – Q. bicolor
    •  Shingle oak – Q. imbricaria
    •  Bur oak – Q. macrocarpa
    •  Chinquapin oak – Q. muehlenbergii
    •  English oak – Q. robur
    •  Red oak – Q. rubra
    •  Plus various oak crosses
  • Baldcypress – Taxodium distichum
  • Basswood – Tilia americana
  • European linden – Tilia cordata ‘Glenleven’, possibly straight species, never ‘Greenspire’
  • Elm hybrids – Ulmus spp.
  • American elm - Ulmus americana, DED resistant cultivars
Smaller Growing Trees:
  • Serviceberry – Amelanchier spp. – single stem
  • Blue beech – Carpinus
  • Cornelian dogwood – Cornus mas
  • Hawthorne or thornapple – Crataegus spp.
  • Dwarf Ginkgo – Ginkgo biloba**
  • Crabapple - Malus spp. – Cultivars resistant to scab/rust
  • Ironwood/American Hophornbeam – Ostrya virginiana

Secondary List – use sparingly, site/situation specific:

  • Birch – Betula - single stem, possibly others
  • Hickory – Carya cordiformis and ovata
  • Redbud – Cercis Canadensis – northern hardy cultivars ‘Columbus’
  • Yellowwood – Cladastrus lutea
  • Silver linden - Tilia tomentosa
  • Tulip tree – Liriodendron tulipifera
  • Black gum/Tupelo – Nyssa sylvatica
  • Japanese Tree Lilac - Syringia reticulata