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Approved Street Tree Species

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Selecting Trees

Tree species and landscaping plants tend to thrive in their native climates. The northwest tends to experience fluctuations in rainfall—with heavy winter rains and periods of drought during the summer. Selecting the right species of tree and properly caring for that tree can improve longevity and increase the benefits to the owner and the community. In addition, some trees can damage utilities, consume significant resources, harbor diseases, and produce undesirable side effects.

Approved Tree List

The following is a general list of the best tree species that should be considered Tumwater’s Street Tree List. All commercial, industrial, and residential projects should utilize this list. Selections should be aesthetically compatible with existing trees planted on adjacent portions of the street. 


  • Northern Red Oak
  • Tulip
  • Autumn Purple Ash 
  • Sugar Maple
  • Scarlet Oak

Medium – Narrow Crowns:

  • Columnar Tulip
  • Armstrong Red Maple
  • Bowhall Red Maple
  • Parkway Maple
  • Skyrocket Oak

Medium – Wide Crowns 40’ – 50’ Tall:

  • Littleleaf Linden
  • Summit Ash
  • Patmore Ash
  • Norway Maple
  • Red Sunset Maple
  • Honey Locust

Small Trees, <35’ tall:

  • Norwegian Sunset Maple
  • Pacific Sunset Maple
  • Crimson Sentry Maple
  • Snow Goose Cherry
  • Spire Cherry
  • Flowering Crabapple
  • Japanese Snowbell 
  • Rocky Mt. Maple
  • Galaxy Magnolia
  • Rustica Rubra Saucer Magnolia
  • Golden Desert Ash
  • Chinese Kousa Dogwood 
  • Pink Flowering Dogwood
  • Flowering Plum
  • Sargent Cherry
  • Amur Maple
  • Black Tupelo
  • Redmond Linden
  • Pyramidal European Hornbeam
  • Hedge Maple
  • Callery Pear