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2015 Trees for Neighborhoods Species

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(can also be planted along streets and in yards)

Evergreen/ Deciduous

Height/ Spread

Minimum planting strip width for street trees


Goldenrain tree(Koelreuteria paniculata)

5 ft.
This vase-shaped tree makes an excellent street tree, especially under power lines. The tree's bright yellow flowers are showy and bloom from July-August. In fall the tree's foliage turns bright yellow and its flowers are replaced by bright orange lantern-like seedpods at the end of its branches.
Japanese tree lilac (Syringa reticulata)


5 ft.
Beautiful street or yard tree that works well under power lines. Tree provides a lovely show of white flowers in May to early June. The tree also has attractive reddish-brown bark for winter interest.
Persian parrotia (Parrotia persica)

25'/25' 5 ft. A small deciduous tree with beautiful fall 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.
Galaxy magnolia (Magnolia 'Galaxy')


25'/25' 5 ft. Gorgeous dark red-purple flowers and a narrow upright form make it an excellent street tree, especially under overhead wires. Great in narrow spaces and smaller landscapes!
(not under power lines; can be planted in yards)

Evergreen/ Deciduous

Height/ Spread

Minimum planting strip width for street trees


Willow oak


Deciduous 60'/40' 6 ft. A strong and beautiful street tree with willow-like leaves that performs very well in the urban environment. 

Millstone Japanese pagoda tree
(Sophora japonica 'Halka')


45'/35' 5 ft. No longer available due to problems with production. Participants approved for a pagoda will be offered a Queen Elizabeth maple or Rugged Charm maple. Email TreesforNeighborhoods@seattle.gov with questions.
Frontier elm (Ulmus 'Frontier')


6 ft.
Fast growing vase-shaped tree with beautiful red-purple fall color. This is a great street tree!

Queen Elizabeth Maple
(Acer campestre 'Evelyn')


Deciduous 35'/30'
5 ft
An attractive medium-sized tree makes a great street or yard tree with upright branching and dark green leaves turning brilliant yellow in fall. 

Evergreen/ Deciduous

Height/ Spread

Minimum planting strip width for street trees


Comice pear*


35'/25' Must be planted in yard European pear tree that produces delicious tasting fruit and attracts butterflies. While it can be self-fertile, plant near other pear trees to promote pollination. This pear tree needs space to grow, so be sure to plant away from your house or other structures.

Bald cypress (Taxodium distichum)


60'/30' 8 ft. Native to the swamplands of the Southeastern US, this deciduous conifer is a very adaptable urban tree.  Its rich green summer foliage turns brilliant copper orange in fall, shedding in winter to display its showy fibrous red bark.
Grand fir
(Abies grandis)


Evergreen & Native
90'/35' 12 ft. Native to Seattle, the grand fir is truly grand. This conifer’s narrow habit and rounded top makes it a beautiful yard tree when given room to grow.

Serbian spruce (Picea omorika)


50'/20' 6 ft. Considered by many to be one of the most attractive spruces, this narrow and graceful conifer has arching branches and flattened bright green needles with silvery undersides. The tree is a great choice for the yard or along the street. 

Western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla)


Evergreen & Native
90'/30' 12 ft. Washington’s state tree, the Western hemlock is a large handsome evergreen native with graceful down-sweeping branches and feathery foliage.

Western redcedar
(Thuja plicata)


Evergreen & Native
90'/30' 12 ft. Is there anything more emblematic of the Pacific Northwest than the Western redcedar? Native to Seattle, this tree has beautiful evergreen foliage, cinnamon-red bark, and a strong pyramidal form. 

Contact us at treesforneighborhoods@seattle.gov or 206-684-3979 if you have questions about your tree selection.

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