General information for several trees that can be used in tree trenches/tree boxes. NOTE: this list is not exhaustive and could include dozens of additional species. Note that Fraxinus species (ash) should be avoided in areas where emerald ash borer is a concern.
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Scientific name1,2,3,4 Common name1,2,3,4
Carpinus betulus 2 European hornbeam
Catalpa speciosa 2 Northern catalpa
Celtis occidentalis 2 Common hackberry
Cercis canadensis 2 Eastern redbud
Crataegus crus-galli var. inermis 2 Thornless cockspur hawthorn
Crataegus phaenopyrum 2 Washington hawthorn
Fraxinus americana 2 White ash
Fraxinus pennsylvanica 1,2 Green ash
Gingko biloba 2 Gingko – male only
Gleditsia tricanthos var. inermis 2 Thornless common honeylocust
Gymnocladus dioicus 2 Kentucky coffeetree
Maackia amurensis 2 Amur maackia
Malus spp. 2 Crabapple spp.
Phellodendron amurense 2 Amur corktree
Pyrus fauriei 'Westwood' 2 Korean SunTM pear
Pyrus ussuriensis 2 Ussurian pear, Chinese pear
Quercus macropcarpa 2 Bur oak
Robinia pseudoacacia 2 Black locust, false acacia, robinia
Sorbus alnifolia 2 Korean mountainash
Sorbus x hybrida, Sorbus x thuringiaca 2 Oak-leaf mountainash
Syringa reticulata 2 Japanese tree lilac
Tilia americana 2 Basswood
Tilia cordata 2 Littleleaf linden
Tilia x euchlora 2 Crimean linden, Caucasian lime
Ulmus x species 2 Elm hybrids

1Shaw, D. and R. Schmidt. 2003. Plants for Stormwater Design: Species Selection for the Upper Midwest. Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)
2Bassuk, N. et al. 2009. Recommended Urban Trees: Site Assessment and Tree Selection for Stress Tolerance. Urban Horticulture Institute, Dept of Horticulture, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
3USDA NRCS Plants Database.
4 Dirr, M.. 1998. Dirr's Hardy Trees and Shrubs: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 5th Ed. Timber Press, Inc. Portland, OR.