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Recommended Urban Trees

Robbins Farm Park(EB) If you would like to plant trees that will help make our community forest more varied and interesting, consider the species listed below.  All are deciduous (lose their leaves in the fall), hardy in our climate, and are suitable for urban conditions.  Some may be planted as street trees, as they will better withstand the especially tough conditions of the tree strip, and all would benefit from being planted in your yard instead.  Trees planted in your front yard, especially if they are within 20 feet of the pavement, will benefit the environment and the appearance of the streetscape  (read more about urban trees).

How do you decide what to plant?  Beyond selecting a tree that will be happy with the available space, sunlight, soil, and moisture level in your yard, you might consider what purpose you’d like the tree to serve, such as shade, spring flowers, bird nesting sites, food for pollinators, or sturdy limbs for climbing or a swing.

Recommended Trees for the Arlington Area 

Common name  (Latin name).  Trees are native to U.S. unless indicated otherwise.

Large Trees (40-80 ft)

Medium Trees (30-40 ft)

Small Trees (less than 30 ft)

Additional information about these and many other species can be found in Trees, Shrubs and Vines for Low Maintenance Landscapes and at UConn Plant Database or NC State University Trees.  For further resources, click here. Back to Top

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