Tree City USA Bulletin #4

The Right Tree for the Right Place

Sources for More Information

There is plenty of additional help in addition to the information provided in Bulletin #4. Here are some suggestions.


Some of the more useful references are books that describe the tree characteristics discussed on pages 4 and 5, plus flower fragrance, order and length of bloom, types of fruits, rate of growth, and many other traits helpful in making decisions about planting.

Manual of Woody Landscape Plants
Michael A. Dirr
Stipes Publishing Company
10-12 Chester Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Street Tree Fact Sheets
Penn State Publications
112 Ag Admin. Bldg
University Park, PA 16802
Trees for America Gardens
Donald Wyman
Simon & Schuster
200 Old Tappan Rd.
Old Tappan, NJ 07675
Native Trees for North American Landscapes
Guy Sternberg
Timber Press
133 S.W. 2nd Ave., Suite 450
Portland, OR 97204


The International Society of Arboriculture (P.O. Box 3129, Champaign, IL 61826-3129) produces a Consumer Information Series on a number of topics related to planting the right tree on the right site. Titles include:

  1. Avoiding Tree and Utility Conflicts
  2. Tree Selection
  3. Buying High Quality Trees

Examples of Community or Regional Tree Guides

  1. Selecting Trees for Urban Landscape Ecosystems
    State of New Hampshire
    Division of Forests & Lands
    Box 1856
    Concord, NH 03302-1856
  2. City of Fort Collins Landscape Guide
    Parks and Recreation Department
    Forestry Division
    413 S. Bryan
    Fort Collins, CO 80521
  3. SelecTree for California
    Online descriptive and site information for nearly 1,000 species and cultivars.

Utility Company Materials

Both private and municipal utility officials are very interested in ending the conflict between tree limbs and overhead wires. Toward this end, they often provide local guides to encourage planting the right trees under or near their lines or even near buried utilities. These are usually top quality publications, sometimes in booklet format, or sometimes printed as calendars, posters, or tags on trees at nurseries. One good example is Pacific Power’s The Right Tree in The Right Place—A Guide to Growing Healthy Trees With Energy & Electric Safety in Mind. For a free copy of this planting guide for the western states, contact the customer service representative at (888)-221-7070.

To find out if your local utility has tree-related materials, phone and ask for either the customer relations office or the utility forester.

Elsewhere on Our Website

For information on dozens of commonly planted landscape trees that grow throughout the U.S., visit our Tree Guide. You’ll find useful tips on height at maturity, crown spread, sun and soil requirements, growth rates and more.