2021 Tree Options

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

  • Yard 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 trees 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 high voltage power lines.

Download the 2021 tree guide to help you decide which tree is best for your space or to share with your friends and neighbors. You can also click on the name of each tree below for a page with more detailed information and links.

Yard Trees (in limited situations for streets) Height / Spread

Street Tree Planting Strip Width

Description
Blue Atlas cedar  (Cedrus atlantica Glauca Group)
SOLD OUT
60' / 40'
12+ feet

This gorgeous evergreen has a pyramidal shape in youth that eventually becomes broad pyramidal with a flat top. Give it room to grow. The clusters of blue tufted needles make this tree a distinctive site in the landscape. The cones are barrel shaped and sit upright on the stems.

7 gallon container tree

Shore pine (Pinus contorta var. contorta)

SOLD OUT
50' / 30'
12+ feet

A 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.

5 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. 

5 gallon container tree

Street Trees (for yards too!)

Height / Spread Street Tree Planting Strip    Width                  Description

Dura Heat river birch (Betula nigra 'BNMTF')

SOLD OUT

40' / 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, and dense habit. Glossy, deep green leaves turn yellow in the fall. The peeling bark is a mélange of cream, orange, and pinkish-tan colors.

7 gallon container tree

Turkish filbert (Corylus colurna)

SOLD OUT
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, lush summer foliage, and yellow fall color.

7 gallon container tree

Heartland catalpa (Catalpa speciosa 'Hiawatha 2')

SOLD OUT
50' / 25'
8 + feet

This selection of the Northern catalpa has a narrow upright growth habit and is a better performer than the species. It has large dark green leaves that turn yellow in the fall and big clusters of fragrant purple and yellow speckled white flowers in early summer. All of these features along with its tolerance of tough urban conditions make this a great choice for your planting strip or yard.

7 gallon container tree

Espresso Kentucky coffee tree (Gymnocladus dioica 'Espresso-JFS')

50' / 30'
8 + feet

A fast growing oval-shaped tree with arching upright branches. The doubly compound leaves give the tree a lacey, tropical look in the summer which is in stark contrast to the rugged look this tree presents in the winter. This cultivar is seedless and is very adaptable to urban conditions.

7 gallon container tree

Red oak (Quercus rubra)

60' / 40'
8 + feet

A majestic shade tree with a rounded habit. A fast growing tree that is tolerant of urban conditions, it has glossy dark green leaves that turn russet-red in fall. 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

Vanessa Persian parrotia
(Parrotia persica 'Vanessa') 

SOLD OUT
25' / 15'
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

Evening Light Japanese snowbell
(Styrax japonicus 'Evening Light')
SOLD OUT
25' / 15'
5+ feet

This enchanting cultivar of the Japanese snowbell has a more upright oval habit. The standout characteristic for this tree are the purple-green to maroon leaves that make a great backdrop for the showy white bell-shaped flowers.  Attractive fruit in late summer adds to the beauty of this tree.

7 gallon container tree

Ivory Silk Japanese tree lilac
(Syringa reticulata 'Ivory Silk')

SOLD OUT
25' / 20'
5+ feet

A beautiful street or yard tree that works well under power lines. This tree provides a lovely show of white flowers in May to early June. The tree also has attractive peeling reddish-brown bark for winter interest.

7 gallon container trees

Eddie's White Wonder dogwood
(Cornus ‘Eddie's White Wonder’)

SOLD OUT
25' / 20'
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.

5 gallon container trees

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