Tree List

Trees selected for the Spring 2021 Shade Tree Project have been approved and selected by local arborists. When mature, they will be taller in size, provide good shade and have been adapted for our climate.

Below are the common characteristics of the trees being offered, including mature size, shape and other defining characteristics. Sizes are typical for the species; actual size at maturity may vary. These trees are chosen to grow tall and provide shade. Do not plant near overhead lines.

Please note: Not all trees available in all areas.

Greenspire Littleleaf Linden

This tree has a very symmetrical, pyramid shape. It has fragrant yellow flowers in early summer and yellow fall foliage. It may reach heights of 60 feet, with a 40-foot spread.

  • 50-60′ High
  • 30-40′ Spread
  • Pyramid Shape

Red Oak

This tree is known for its brilliant red fall color and rapid growth rate. Its brown flowers are not showy and are quite small; its acorns are roughly one inch.  It has a round shape and can reach heights of 60 feet with an equal spread. The red oak has a high tolerance to drought once established and can tolerate compacted soils. Red Oaks prefer acidic soils and may not do well in highly alkaline soils present in some parts of the Treasure Valley.

  • Height: 60 feet
  • Spread: 60 feet
  • Shape: round

Tulip Tree

This fascinating tree has a unique leaf shape and flowers that bloom early in the season. Plant near a second story window to view these blooms. It is a fast-growing tree with a yellow fall color.  It has an oval to round canopy and at maturity it will reach heights of 60 feet or more with a spread of 40 feet.  The tulip tree requires well drained soils.

  • Height: 60 feet
  • Spread: 40 feet
  • Shape: oval

Thornless Honeylocust

A fast-growing tree the produces fragrant greenish-yellow flowers in the spring. Has tiny leaves that turn yellow or yellow-green in the fall. Adaptive to a wide range of soil types. Prefers full sun.

  • Height: 30-70 feet
  • Spread: 30-70 feet
  • Shape: oval-round

European Beech

A medium to slow growing tree that prefers full sun. Has branches that grow close to the ground with leaves that turn yellow-brown in the fall. Bark is smooth and silvery-gray in color. Produces oval, brown beechnuts that are eaten by birds and squirrels. Has a very long-life expectancy. Make sure this tree is planted in an area that can support its size once mature.

  • Height: 50-60 feet
  • Spread: 35-45 feet
  • Shape: oval

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