Sources for More Information

Bulletin #4: Help Fight Invasive Trees

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:

Books

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

Brochures

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:

  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. 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.

More Information

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