Street Tree Types

Canopy Shade Trees

Trees with a mature height of 30’ that cannot be planted under power lines.

Southern magnolia tree

Southern Magnolia

Slow grower and very adaptable. Large white flowers bloom March through May.

Tree specs

  • Size of tree: 40-60 feet tall
  • Width of tree: 8-12 feet wide
  • Shape of tree: pyramidal
  • Leaf type: evergreen

Growing conditions

  • Soil preference: clay; loam; sand; slightly alkaline; acidic
  • Moisture preference: Prefers a moist soil; water every 7 to 10 days during hot, dry weather until established; drought tolerant once established
  • Sunlight requirements: full sun, tolerates light shade

 

Live oak tree

Live Oak

Live Oaks are moderate-growing, sprawling evergreen canopy trees. They are drought-resistant and highly tolerant of urban conditions. 

Tree specs

  • Size of tree: 60-80 feet tall
  • Width of tree: 60-120 feet wide
  • Shape of tree: broad-spreading, round
  • Leaf type: evergreen

Growing conditions

  • Soil preference: clay; sand; loam; alkaline; acidic; occasionally wet; well-drained
  • Moisture preference: drought tolerant
  • Sunlight requirements: full sun

 

Nuttall oak tree

Nuttall Oak

Fast-growing oak that establishes quickly and has great branch development in its early years. The Nuttal Oak has lobed leaves and produces acorns that wildlife thrive on in December and January.

Tree specs

  • Size of tree: 40-60 feet.
  • Width of tree: 35-50 feet wide.
  • Shape of tree: Upright.
  • Leaf type: Deciduous. 

Growing conditions

  • Soil preference: Clay; sand; loam; acidic; extended flooding; well-drained
  • Moisture preference: Dry to moist soil.
  • Sunlight requirements: Full sun.

 

Tabebuia ipe tree

Tabebuia Ipe

Slow to moderate grower that is large and round shaped. This tree has a smooth gray trunk and produces lavish pinkish-purple blooms in early spring.

Tree specs

  • Size of tree: 12-18 feet tall
  • Width of tree: 10-15 feet wide
  • Shape of tree: round
  • Leaf type: deciduous

Growing conditions

  • Soil preference: clay; sand; loam; alkaline; acidic; well-drained
  • Moisture preference: dry to somewhat moist soil
  • Sunlight requirements: full sun
Winged elm tree

Winged Elm

Moderate to rapid grower with corky, winglike projections on branches. It is a native tree that attracts birds and other wildlife.

Tree specs

  • Size of tree: 40-50 feet
  • Width of tree: 30-40 feet wide
  • Shape of tree: upright
  • Leaf type: deciduous

Growing conditions

  • Soil preference: clay; sand; loam; alkaline; acidic; extended flooding; well-drained
  • Moisture preference: dry soil
  • Sunlight requirements: full sun, partial sun, or partial shade

Understory Trees

Trees that can be maintained under power lines.

Pink crepe myrtle tree

Crape Myrtle

Beautiful summer flowers and attractive fall foliage combined with drought tolerance and urban adaptability make Crape Myrtles an excellent tree choice. 

Tree specs

  • Size of tree: 10-30 feet tall
  • Width of tree: 15-25 feet wide
  • Shape of tree: vase
  • Leaf type: deciduous

Growing conditions

  • Soil preference: clay; sand; loam; alkaline; acidic; well-drained
  • Moisture preference: dry to somewhat moist soil
  • Sunlight requirements: full sun
Eagleston holly tree

Eagleston Holly

Moderate to slow growing, evergreen tree with a conical shape and showy, red berries in the fall. 

Tree specs

  • Size of tree: 30-45 feet tall
  • Width of tree: 10-15 feet wide
  • Shape of tree: conical
  • Leaf type: evergreen 

Growing conditions

  • Soil preference: clay; sand; loam; acidic; well-drained
  • Moisture preference: dry to somewhat moist
  • Sunlight requirements: full sun, partial sun, or partial shade

 

Japanese blueberry tree

Japanese Blueberry

This rapid growing, evergreen tree has small white flowers with deep blue fruit. It’s leaves have bronze-red color on new growth. 

Tree specs

  • Size of tree: 30-40 feet tall
  • Width of tree: 30-40 feet wide
  • Shape of tree: upright
  • Leaf type: evergreen 

Growing conditions

  • Soil preference: rich, well-drained slightly acidic soil
  • Moisture preference: somewhat moist soil
  • Sunlight requirements: partial to full sun
Yaupon holly tree

Yaupon Holly

Moderate growing evergreen tree. Its showy, red berries attract pollinators in the fall. It’s a rounded vase, multi-stem tree that can be clipped into a tight hedge or allowed to grow as a small tree with contorted trunks. 

Tree specs

  • Size of tree: 15-25 feet tall
  • Width of tree: 15-20 feet wide
  • Shape of tree: rounded vase, multi-stem
  • Leaf type: evergreen 

Growing conditions

  • Soil preference: clay; sand; loam; alkaline; acidic; extended flooding; well-drained
  • Moisture preference: dry to somewhat moist soil
  • Sunlight requirements: full sun to shade
Yellow tabebuia tree

Yellow Tabebuia

This yellow trumpet tree is a rapid to moderate growing deciduous tree with showy, yellow flowers in the spring. 

Tree specs

  • Size of tree: 25-35 feet tall
  • Width of tree: 25-35 feet wide
  • Shape of tree: spreading
  • Leaf type: deciduous 

Growing conditions

  • Soil preference: clay; sand; loam; acidic; alkaline; well-drained
  • Moisture preference: somewhat moist soil
  • Sunlight requirements: full sun