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2014 Trees for Neighborhoods Tree Species

Applications for 2014 trees are now closed. Please sign up for the email list to receive notifications about the 2015 species list and application.

Follow the links to additional information about each tree.

UNDER POWER LINES
(can also be planted along streets and in yards)

Evergreen/ Deciduous

Height/ Spread

Minimum planting strip width for street trees

Description

Autumn brilliance serviceberry (Amelanchier x grandiflora ‘Autumn Brilliance’) Deciduous 20’ / 20’ 4’ A small deciduous tree that blooms in April and produces small edible fruits in early summer. The tree’s small stature makes it an excellent choice for locations under power lines and along the street. Tree has brilliant red fall color and attractive bark.
American hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana)

 

Deciduous 25’ / 25’ 5’ An attractive small deciduous tree, native to the eastern US, that works well under power lines and along the street. This tree produces an attractive dark green, wide-spreading canopy that turns orange and red in the fall.
Persian parrotia
(Parrotia persica)

 

Deciduous 25’ / 25’ 5’ A small deciduous tree with beautiful changing foliage. Leaves emerge with reddish purple color, maturing to a dark green in summer and changing to shades of orange, yellow, and red in fall. Exfoliating bark of mature trees provides excellent winter interest.

STREET TREES
(not under power lines; can be planted in yards)

Evergreen/ Deciduous

Height/ Spread

Minimum planting strip width for street trees

Description

White oak (Quercus alba)  

 

Deciduous 60’ / 60’ 8' A large deciduous tree with a wide-spreading, rounded canopy at maturity. White oak is native to the eastern US and makes an excellent shade tree, street tree, or yard tree.
Black tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica)

 

Deciduous 60' / 20' 6' This slow-growing deciduous tree makes an excellent street or yard tree and is known for its spectacular fall foliage.
Tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera)

 

Deciduous 60’ / 30’ 8' A fast-growing deciduous tree with distinctively shaped leaves and subtle, pale yellow flowers in late spring to early summer. It tends to grow tall and loves full sun. Often turns golden to orange in fall.
Espresso Kentucky Coffee Tree*
(Gymnocladus dioicus 'Espresso-JFS')

 

Deciduous 50’ / 30’ 6' A fast growing oval-shaped tree with arching upright branches. It has doubly compound leaves that are bluish-green and turn into a vibrant yellow in fall. This particular cultivar is seedless and is very adaptable to urban conditions.

YARD TREES

Evergreen/ Deciduous

Height/ Spread

Minimum planting strip width for street trees

Description

Montmorency cherry
(Prunus cerasus)

Limit 1 per household

 

Deciduous 10' / 15' Cannot be a street
tree
A small deciduous fruit tree, blooms in mid-spring and produces fruit 3-5 years after planting. It is famous for its glossy red, sour tasting cherries, which are renowned for pie making.
Shore pine (Pinus contorta ‘contorta’)

 

Evergreen 40’ / 30’ 12' A short, uniquely shaped native conifer that makes an excellent yard tree.  A highly adaptable tree that thrives in poor soils, rocky sites, and even in boggy conditions. It’s twisting, “contorted”, trunk, branches and needles provide year-round interest.
Incense cedar (Calocedrus decurrens)

 

Evergreen 40’ / 10’ 12' Lovely, lush and almost fluffy in appearance, this evergreen has glossy, bright green foliage and an upright, pyramidal growth habit. It is adaptable to a variety of growing conditions from wet to dry and will grow very quickly in sunny, moist areas. Its beauty and sweet smelling bark make it a great yard tree.

Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii)

 

 

Evergreen 60’ /15’ 12' The classic Pacific Northwest evergreen conifer. Known for its noble, upright growth and lush needles which form a beautiful downward sweeping canopy. This tree needs plenty of room to grow.

Vine maple
(Acer
circinatum
)

 

Deciduous 40’ / 30’ Cannot be a street
tree
A lush, multi-stemmed native maple species, this deciduous tree provides a variety of color and interest throughout the year. Great for ornamental planting or as a screen in yards. Its leaves open red in the spring and turn a pale, bright green when fully formed.  Crimson red, winged fruit and brilliant fall color round out this tree’s seasonal value.

*The silver linden is no longer available this year due to problems with production. Participants who reserved the silver linden will be offered a replacement species (Espresso Kentucky coffee tree). For more information about this, contact TreesForNeighborhoods@Seattle.gov or call (206) 684-3979.

Contact us at treesforneighborhoods@seattle.gov or 206-615-1668 if you have questions about your tree selection.

 

 

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