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Tree selection for urban and suburban landscapes

treesTrees grow well only when matched to site conditions. This requires a site visit. Trees able to grow on site can then be chosen. Inclusion of ornamental traits like crown shape, flower color, etc. can then narrow the list.

There are five components to choosing trees for a planting site. Begin by evaluating 1) site attributes above and below ground, 2) potential site modifications and 3) tree maintenance (management) capabilities. Then 4) choose desirable tree attributes, and 5) select appropriate trees for the site. It is a process that many people do not undertake.

See: Site evaluation form that can serve to guide you through the evaluation process.
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Fact sheet: Site evaluation and species selection (pdf)