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Approved Street Tree List and Planting Guide
If you would like to plant in the Town right-of-way, or have one planted for you, you must contact the Town Arborist to discuss what type of tree is appropriate to plant.  There are a number of factors that go into deciding what type of tree to plant, including:
  • Size of the planting area
  • Location of power lines
  • Location of surrounding trees
  • Location of sidewalks
  • Shade or sun

Guidelines
During plan review, when applicable the Town Arborist will determine the number and types of street trees to be used.  All planting shall be done in accordance with guidelines established in the ANSI A300 Standards for Tree Care Operations.  Residents/homeowners may find the guide available from the Virginia Cooperative Extension to be useful.

  • Trees should be a minimum of 2” caliper.
  • Trees should be planted 20’ apart, 15’ at a minimum.
  • Trees should be planted at a minimum 5’ from any underground utilities.
  • Trees should only be planted on utility strips at least 5’ wide.
  • When planting street trees, follow guidelines set forth by the Tree Care Industry Association. 

Street Tree List
The following list was prepared by the Department of Parks and Recreation for the convenience of plan filers and town residents.  This does not replace the Town Code. 

Approved Street Trees When Overhead Wires Are Present
(Botanical Name, Common Name) 

  • Amelanchier arborea, Downy Serviceberry, single-stem only 
  • Amelanchier x grandiflora, Hybrid Serviceberry, single-stem only
  • Cercis canadensis, Eastern Redbud 
  • Cornus florida, Flowering Dogwood
  • Cotinus obavatus, American Smoketree, single-stem only
  • Craetagus spp., Hawthorn   

Approved Street Trees When NO Overhead Wires Are Present
(Botanical Name, Common Name)


  • Acer rubrum, Red Maple
  • Acer saccharum, Sugar Maple
  • Betula nigra, River Birch
  • Carpinus caroliniana, American Hornbeam
  • Carya spp., Hickory species
  • Castanea dentata, American Chestnut
  • Castanea pumila, Alleghany Chinkapin
  • Celtis occidentalis, Hackberry
  • Cladastrus kentukea, American Yellowood
  • Fagus grandifolia, American Beech
  • Nyssa sylvatica, Black Gum
  • Ostrya virginiana, Ironwood
  • Oxydendrum arboreum, Sourwood
  • Quercus alba, White Oak
  • Q. rubra, Northern Red Oak
  • Q. coccinea, Scarlet Oak
  • Q. phellos, Willow Oak
  • Tilia americana, American Linden

    Sources: “SelecTree”, “National Tree Benefit Calculator”, “Virginia Cooperative Extension”

A printable version of the Approved Street Tree List is also available.