Tree Species for Boulevards

Acceptable Trees

  1. Small Trees
  2. Medium Trees
  3. Large Trees
Ash, Mountain (Sorbus Americana)Fast grower, red berries, fireblight, short lived, do not plant on boulevard - salt damage
Cherry (Prunus avium plena "Mazzard", Scanlon", Macki" etc.)Rich soil, blossoms, short lived
Chinese Chestnut (Castanea nollissima)Nuts, wide spreader, park plantings
Crabs (Molus, "Radiant", "Sargent", "Hopa", etc.)Blossoms, compact, park plantings, many forms and colors, wildlife tree
Hawthorn (Crataegus spec.)Many varieties, compact tree, thorns
Ironwood (Ostrya Virginiana)Plant B and B, spring only, beech foliage, yellow fall color, slow grower, wonderful tree
Maple, Amur (Acer ginnala)Wide spreading, small tree, brilliant red fall color
Pear, Bradford or Callery (Pyrus calleryana)Flowers, wide spreader, slow grower
Redbud, Eastern (Cercis Canadensis)Small, compact, pink flowers, fall color good
Russina Olive (EElaeagnus angustifolia)Park plantings, grey-green foliage, pea size berries, bird food, fast grower, short lived
Tree Lilac, Japanese (Syringa amurensis Japonica)Flowers, wide spreader, slow grower

Trees to Avoid

Ash, White or GreenNo notes
Birch, Paper (Betula papyrifera)Birch borer, short lived, sun scald
Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia)Thorns subject to borers
Boxelder (Acer negundo)Weak woods, female trees attract boxelder bug
Mulberry (Morus rubra)Messy, short lived, birds plant
Poplar (Populus spec.)Roots block sewers, weak wood, fruit litter
Silver Maple, Soft Maple (Acer saccharinum)Weak wood, roots on lawn surface, block sewers
Willows (Salix spec.)Twig litter, weak wood, roots block sewers