There are so many trees to choose from at local Utah nurseries. But some tree species get planted too often, and some not often enough.  Because we are often asked “what tree should I plant?”, TreeUtah is regularly researching what tree varieties are ideal for Utah’s urban places.

Recommended Trees (Underutilized species that should be planted more)*

– Kentucky Coffeetree (Gymnocladus diocius)
– Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa)
– Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)
– Japanese Pagodatree (Sophora japonica)
– Common Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)
– Japanese Zelkova (Zelkova serrata)
– Golden Raintree (Koelreutria paniculata)
– Lacebark Elm (Ulmus parifolia)
– Incense-cedar (Calocedrus decurrens)
– Giant Sequoia (Seqoiadendron giganteum)

Tough, yet desirable trees*

– Crabapples (Malus spp.)
– Hawthorns (Crataegus spp.)
– Junipers (Juniperus spp.)

Somewhat over-planted species (These should be planted in companion with the above)*

– Honeylocust (Gleditsia triacanthos)
– Ornamental Pear (Pyrus calleryana, and others)
– Austrian Pine (Pinus nigra)
– Norway Maple (Acer platanoides)
– Green Ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)
– Littleleaf Linden (Tilia cordata)
– Flowering Cherry (Prunus serrulata, and others)
– Blue spruce (Picea pungens)
– London Planetree (Platanus x acerifolia)

Trees Prone to Problems*

– Globe Willow (Salix matsudana ‘Navajo’) Prone to stem failure
– Cottonwoods and Poplars, including Aspen (Populus spp.) Fast growing, but short-lived.
– Black Locust (Robinia psuedoacacia) Locust borer susceptibility
– Red Maple (Acer rubrum) Iron chlorosis influenced by high pH soils
– Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum) Iron chlorosis influenced by high pH soils

Other Trees to Consider **

• European Larch (Larix decidua)
• Lacebark Pine (Pinus bungeana)
• Baldcypress (Taxodium distichum)
• Paperbark Maple (Acer griseum)
• Fringetree • White Fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus)
• Chitalpa (Chitalpa × tashkentensis)
• Yellowwood (Cladrastis kentuckea; formerly C. lutea)
• Corneliancherry Dogwood (Cornus mas)
• Turkish Filbert • Turkish Hazel (Corylus colurna)
• European Beech (Fagus sylvatica)
• Yellow-poplar • Tulip tree • Tulip-poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera)
• Bur Oak • Mossycup Oak (Quercus macrocarpa)
• Japanese Tree Lilac (Syringa reticulata)

*          Scott Zeidler, Wasatch Front Community Forester, Utah Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands. “Trees for Municipal Plantings Along the Wasatch Front.”

** by Heidi Kratsch, Extension Horticulture Specialist, and Michael Kuhns, Extension Forestry Specialist, Utah State University. “16 Less Common Trees for Utah Landscapes: Diversifying Utah’s Community Forests,” August 2006