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Tree City USA Bulletin #4—Sources for More Information
There is plenty of help in addition to the information provided in Bulletin #4. For starters, try typing “right tree right place” into your favorite search engine. Here are some other 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 PlantsMichael A. DirrStipes Publishing Company10-12 Chester StreetChampaign, IL 61820
Street Tree Fact SheetsPenn State Publications112 Ag Admin. BldgUniversity Park, PA 16802
Trees for America GardensDonald WymanSimon & Schuster200 Old Tappan Rd.Old Tappan, NJ 07675
Native Trees for North American LandscapesGuy SternbergTimber Press133 S.W. 2nd Ave., Suite 450Portland, OR 97204
The International Society of Arboriculture produces a Consumer Information Series on a number of topics related to planting the right tree on the right site. Titles include:
- Avoiding Tree and Utility Conflicts
- Tree Selection
- Buying High Quality Trees
Examples of Community or Regional Tree Guides
Selecting Trees for Urban Landscape EcosystemsState of New HampshireDivision of Forests & LandsBox 1856Concord, NH 03302-1856
City of Fort Collins Landscape GuideParks and Recreation DepartmentForestry Division413 S. BryanFort Collins, CO 80521
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.
To find out if your local utility has tree-related materials, phone and ask for either the customer relations office or the utility forester.
Trees for Planters
Virginia Tech provides a list of trees that have been found suitable for outdoor containers.
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.
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