Select and Plant a Street Tree

​You need a Street tree planting permit to plant a tree in street right-of-way. The species, quantity, and planting location must be reviewed and approved by Public Works.

When streets are lined with trees, the trees benefit the whole community. However, not every tree fits in every location. Some trees have characteristics that are inappropriate in a street setting, and every tree needs specific growing conditions under which it can thrive.

​Tree fact sheet

  
  
Choose a tree.Select a tree species from the list to learn more about it.
  
  
  
Shape and Habit
Zones
  
Environment
Description
  
  
  
  
  
  
  

Tree species you can put in planter strips along streets

Use this list to narrow down tree choices for your planting location. Select the tree’s common name to view a detailed fact sheet. Select the column headers to sort or filter by planting strip widths or overhead power options.

Then contact the Urban Forester at Public Works to request a site evaluation. A City of Salem staff member will visit your site, speak with you, and determine final approval of street tree choices.

  
  
  
  
Ulmus parvifolia emer II6 ft. to 8 ft. or widerNo
Liriodendron tulipifera Fastigiatum4 ft. to 7.5 ft.No
Fraxinus americana junginger6 ft. to 8 ft. or widerNo
Acer macrophyllum8 ft. or widerNo
Platanus acerfolia8 ft. or widerNo
Acer rubrum4 ft. to 7.5 ft.No
Sorbus aucuparia michred4 ft. to 7.5 ft.No
Pyrus calleryana4 ft. to 7.5 ft.No
Acer platanoides4 ft. to 7.5 ft.No
Acer platanoides8 ft. or widerNo
Acer platanoides4 ft. to 8 ft. or widerYes
Fagus sylvatica4 ft. to 7.5 ft.No
Acer platanoides8 ft. or widerNo
Cercis canadensis6 ft. to 8 ft. or widerYes
Acer platanoides8 ft. or widerNo
Acer platanoides8 ft. or widerNo
Fagus sylvatic6 ft. to 8 ft. or widerNo
Fraxinus oxycarpa4 ft. to 7.5 ft.No
Robinia pseudoacacia Inermis6 ft. to 8 ft. or widerYes
Catalpa bignonioides aurea8 ft. or widerNo
Fraxinus excelsior Aureafolia4 ft. to 7.5 ft.Yes
Zelkova serrata6 ft. to 8 ft. or widerNo
Tilia cordata6 ft. to 8 ft. or widerNo
Zelkova serrata6 ft. to 8 ft. or widerNo
Acer campestre6 ft. to 8 ft. or widerYes
Betula jacquemontii6 ft. to 8 ft. or widerNo
Cercidiphyllum japonicum8 ft. or widerNo
Magnolia kobus6 ft. to 8 ft. or widerNo
Prunus serrulata6 ft. to 8 ft. or widerYes
Crataegus lavellei4 ft. to 7.5 ft.Yes
Fraxinus pennsylvanica6 ft. to 8 ft. or widerNo
Acer rubrum8 ft. or widerNo
Quercus garryana8 ft. or widerNo
Cornus nuttallii8 ft. or widerYes
Quercus palustris8 ft. or widerNo
Carpinus betulus Fastigiata6 ft. to 8 ft. or widerNo
Fraxinus oxycarpa4 ft. to 7.5 ft.No
Sorbus americana4 ft. to 7.5 ft.Yes
Quercus rubra6 ft. to 8 ft. or widerNo
Acer rubrum8 ft. or widerNo
Acer grandidentatum “Schmidt”6 ft. to 8 ft. or widerYes
Tilia cordata6 ft. to 7.5 ft.No
Acer rubrum4 ft. to 7.5 ft.No
Quercus coccinea8 ft. or widerNo
Acer rubrum4 ft. to 8 ft. or widerNo
Quercus shumardii8 ft. or widerNo
Quercus robur4 ft. to 8 ft. or widerNo
Acer miyabei “Morton”6 ft. to 8 ft. or widerNo
Fraxinus pennsylvanica4 ft. to 7.5 ft.No
Gleditsia triacanthos var sunburst8 ft. or widerNo
Quercus bicolor8 ft. or widerNo
Acer pseudoplatanus6 ft. to 8 ft. or widerNo
Prunus cerasifera6 ft. to 8 ft. or widerYes

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