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2017 Tree Options

Evaluate your planting site and this year's tree options. Select the tree best suited for your space.

  • Under power lines? Select one of the power line approved tree that reaches a maximum height of 25 feet.
  • Planting along the street? Review the minimum planting strip width requirements before selecting your tree.
  • Backyard space? Choose the largest tree appropriate for the site to maximize the benefits to your yard and neighborhood.

The power line approved trees are the most popular species we offer. Please apply for power line approved trees only if you are planting under power lines.

Apply for trees starting in late July on the main Trees for Neighborhoods page. Contact treesforneighborhoods@seattle.gov with questions related to tree and site selection.

Download the 2017 tree guide to help you decide which tree is best for your space or share with your friends and neighbors.

Power Line Approved Trees

Height / Spread

Street Tree Planting Strip Width

Description

Cascara (Rhamnus purshiana)

SOLD OUT


25' / 20'
5 feet +
This small native tree boasts small flowers and purple fruit that feed many native birds. Its foliage turns brilliant yellow in autumn.

7 gallon container tree

Eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis)

SOLD OUT

 

25' / 25'
5 feet +
A harbinger of spring, this tree is known for its deep pink flowers on bare twigs in early spring. Even in winter, this tree is beautiful. Great for locations under power lines. Prefers full sun or partial shade.

7 gallon container tree

Snowcone Japanese snowbell (Sytrax japonicus ‘JFS-D’)

SOLD OUT

25' / 20' 5 feet + This enchanting ornamental tree has showy white bell-shaped flowers that stand out against its bright green leaves. In fall, the leaves turn a beautiful yellow.

7 gallon container tree

Street Trees
(for yards too!)

Height/ Spread

Street Tree Planting Strip Width

Description

Shingle oak (Quercus imbricaria)

SOLD OUT

50' / 50' 6 feet + This adaptable tree will thrive along the street or in your backyard. Mature trees are stately with a broad form with spreading branches. The perfect tree for providing shade on hot summer days.

7 gallon container tree

Green Gable black tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica ‘Green Gable’)

SOLD OUT

40' / 25' 6 feet + This black tupelo cultivar has a more pyramidal shape and very uniform branching, making it a great street tree. Its brilliant red fall color is a show stopper!

7 gallon container tree

Dove tree (Davidia involucrata)

SOLD OUT

30' / 30'
6 feet +
An interesting and attractive medium sized tree with white flowers (bracts) in spring that give the appearance of white dove tails or handkerchiefs.

7 gallon container tree

Emerald City tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipfera ‘JFS-Oz’)

SOLD OUT

50' / 20'
6 feet +
A fast-growing upright tree with glossy green leaves and pale yellow tulip like flowers in early summer. This cultivar has a central leader and uniform branching, making it an excellent street tree.

7 gallon container tree

Yard Trees

Height/ Spread

Street Tree Planting Strip Width

Description

Vanderwolf's Pyramid limber pine (Pinus flexilis ‘Vanderwolf’s Pyramid’)

SOLD OUT

 

30' / 15' 8 feet + A fast growing, but compact evergreen conifer with beautiful blue-green needles and a upright form. The needles have a strong, but pleasant fragrance.

5 gallon container tree

Incense cedar (Calocedrus decurrens)

 

SOLD OUT

50' / 15' 12 feet + Lovely, lush and almost fluffy in appearance, this evergreen has glossy, bright green foliage and a pyramidal growth habit. Native to northern California and Oregon, the tree is adaptable to a variety of growing conditions from wet to dry and will grow very quickly in sunny, moist areas.

7 gallon container tree

Stella cherry*(Prunus avium ‘Stella’)

SOLD OUT

 

25' / 15' No street tree planting - must be planted in yard. This self-fruitful cherry tree produces showy white flower in spring and dark red, sweet cherries in summer.

7 gallon container tree

Western red cedar (Thuja plicata)

SOLD OUT

70' / 40' 12 feet + Native to Seattle, this tree has beautiful evergreen foliage, cinnamon-red bark, and a strong pyramidal form. 

7 gallon container tree

*Only 1 cherry tree per household.

Contact us at treesforneighborhoods@seattle.gov or 206-684-3979 with questions.

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