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2018 Tree Options

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

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

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 mid July on the main Trees for Neighborhoods page. Contact treesforneighborhoods@seattle.gov with questions.

Download the 2018 tree guide to help you decide which tree is best for your space or to share with your friends and neighbors.

Yard Trees

Height / Spread

Street Tree Planting Strip Width

Description

Norway spruce
(Picea abies)

 


55' / 25'
12+ feet
This semi-weeping tree can have a dramatic effect in the landscape working well as a group planting for screening. The cigar-like cones hang ornamentally from the branches

7 gallon container tree

Scotch pine  
(Pinus sylvestris)

 

 

45' / 35'
12+ feet

The distinctive flaking orange/red-brown bark of this tree is one of the first things that gets your attention. The twisted blue-green needles add interest as well. This tree can develop a picturesque, irregular outline with maturity.

7 gallon container tree

Mountain hemlock 
(Tsuga mertensiana)

 

25' / 15' 6 + feet This northwest native conifer has no serious disease or insect problems. Its blue-green needles are spirally arranged around the shoots. Its slender/small habit and layered side branches make it a great choice for smaller or rock gardens.

7 gallon container tree

Honeycrisp apple
(Malus domestica ‘Honeycrisp’)
15' / 15' No street tree planting – must be planted in yard.

A cross between Macoun and Honeygold apples, this apple is extremely juicy and crisp. This tree has sterile pollen and thus needs another apple to pollinate it.

7 gallon container tree

Street Trees
(for yards too!)

Height/ Spread

Street Tree Planting Strip Width

Description

Turkish filbert          (Corylus colurna)

 

45' / 25' 6 + feet This impressive tree has a pyramidal form that makes for a great street or yard tree. On one hand it is a tough tree for urban environments, yet it provides beauty with its attractive male catkins in early spring and lush summer foliage.

7 gallon container tree

Afterburner black tupelo                     (Nyssa sylvatica ‘David Odom')

 

40' / 20' 6+ feet A straight central leader and uniform branching along with its pest resistance make this tree a reliable performer. Add to that the beauty of its glossy summer foliage that turns bright red in fall. Fall color lingers longer than most other cultivars.

7 gallon container tree

Firestarter black tupelo                   (Nyssa sylvatica ‘JFS-red')

 

40' / 20'
6 feet +
This narrow cultivar has a strong central leader and uniform branching. It has dark green foliage in summer and intense red fall color that begins earlier than other cultivars.

7 gallon container tree

Emerald Sunshine elm (Ulmus propinqua ‘JFS-Bieberich') 35' / 25'
6 feet +
A pest resistant elm that thrives in tough settings. This vase shaped tree is smaller than most elms. Its deep green, corrugated leaves turn a rich yellow in the fall.

5 gallon container tree

Chinkapin oak          (Quercus muehlenbergii) 50’/ 40’ 8+ feet This is a low maintenance shade tree with a rounded habit. The narrow, coarsely toothed leaves which differ from most oaks, look more like chestnut leaves. The acorn is sweet and edible.

7 gallon container tree

Power Line Approved Trees

Height/ Spread

Street Tree Planting Strip Width

Description

Ruby Vase parrotia
(Parrotia persica 'Ruby Vase')
25' / 20' 5+ feet An upright form of the species that is quite durable. From its exfoliating gray and tan bark to its remarkable kaleidoscope of leaf color, this tree provides beauty all year long.

7 gallon container tree

Amur maackia        (Maackia amurensis)

 

 

25' / 25' 5+ feet A small, tough, and urban tolerant tree that will impress with its peeling coppery-bronze bark and fragrant white flowers in Summer. As the new leaves are emerging, they have a silvery appearance due to silky hairs.

7 gallon container tree

Leonard Messel magnolia
(Magnolia x loebneri ‘Leonard Messel’)

 

20' / 20' 5+ feet This small stature tree has purple – pink flowers in bud that open to a light pink. Little pruning is required, but if you must, prune in mid-summer to limit suckering.

7 gallon container tree

Eddie’s White Wonder dogwood
(Cornus ‘Eddie’s White Wonder’)
25' / 15' 5+ feet This exceptional hybrid between our native Western dogwood and the eastern North American one has beautiful large white flowers that open in Spring. It has outstanding red Fall color.

7 gallon container tree

*Only 1 apple tree per household.

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

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