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2019 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.

Contact treesforneighborhoods@seattle.gov with questions.

Download the 2019 tree guide to help you decide which tree is best for your space or to share with your friends and neighbors.

Yard Trees (in limited situations for streets)

Height / Spread

Street Tree Planting Strip Width

Description

Incense cedar          (Calocedrus decurrens)

 


55' / 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

Douglas fir              (Pseudotsuga menziesii)

 

80' / 20'
12+ feet

The classic Pacific Northwest evergreen conifer. Known for its noble, upright growth and lush needles which form a beautiful downward sweeping canopy.

7 gallon container tree

Western hemlock    (Tsuga heterophylla)

80' / 20' 12 + feet Washington’s state tree, the Western hemlock is a large handsome evergreen native with graceful down-sweeping branches and feathery foliage.

7 gallon container tree

Street Trees
(for yards too!)

Height/ Spread

Street Tree Planting Strip Width

Description

Frontier elm       (Ulmus ‘Frontier’)

 

40' / 30' 6 + feet

Fast growing vase shaped tree that is tolerant of challenging urban conditions. Part of that toughness is its resistance to Dutch elm disease and elm yellows. It is one of the few elms with red-purple fall color.

7 gallon container tree

Heritage river birch (Betula nigra ‘Cully’)

  



50' / 30' 6+ feet This selection of river birch is resistant to the bronze birch borer, thus being a great replacement for birches being killed by this insect. It has a pyramidal, upright habit. Glossy, light green leaves turn yellow in the fall. The peeling bark is a mélange of cream, orange, and salmon colors.

7 gallon container tree

Hardy rubber tree (Eucommia ulmoides)



50' / 40'
6 feet +
 A tough, pest free tree of uncommon beauty. Rounded at maturity with a rich, tightly furrowed bark, this tree has glossy, dark green leaves in the summer. If you tear a leaf, you will see fine rubber strands from which this tree gets its name. Native to and cultivated in China. It may now be extinct in the wild.

7 gallon container tree

Rivers Purple European beech (Fagus sylvatica)

 

50' / 40'
8 feet +
This stately tree is upright when young and becomes rounded with age.  It has rich, glossy purple leaves that turn copper in the fall. The smooth bark looks like an elephant hide and is maintained in to maturity.

7 gallon container tree

Scarlet oak          (Quercus coccinea)


60’/ 40’ 8+ feet This is an easy to grow shade tree with a rounded habit. Glossy dark green leaves develop into a scarlet red in fall for brilliant fall foliage. The acorns are a great food source for wildlife.

7 gallon container tree

Power Line Approved Trees

Height/ Spread

Street Tree Planting Strip Width

Description

American hornbeam
(Carpinus caroliniana)

25' / 20' 5+ feet

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. The smooth gray trunk has distinctive muscle like fluting evoking its other common name, musclewood.

7 gallon container tree

Persian Spire parrotia  (Parrotia persica 'JL Columnar')

 

25' / 10' 5+ feet A strongly upright form of the species that has finer texture yet 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

Goldenrain tree
(Koelreuteria paniculata)

30' / 30' 5+ feet This round tree makes an excellent street tree, especially under power lines. The compound leaves emerge a salmon color that becomes green in the summer and yellow in the fall. The tree's bright yellow flowers are showy and bloom in mid-summer. They give way to a lantern-like capsule that goes from yellow to pink and then brown in the winter.

7 gallon container tree

Moonglow magnolia
(Magnolia virginiana ‘Jim Wilson’)
30' / 25' 5+ feet This upright, evergreen magnolia has bright green leaves with silver undersides that catch your attention. It produces creamy-white blooms in the summer that carry a lemony fragrance.

7 and 15 gallon container trees

 

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

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