Recommended Trees

There are no MAGIC TREES that can be recommended that will grow fast, have no fruit, provide beautiful leaf color in the fall, won’t attract bees, grows in intolerable urban soil conditions, doesn’t drop leaves in the fall, and is insect & disease free.  The right tree for the right location is suggested.  Work with one of the local nurseries to determine what will fit in your proposed location.  A diversity of trees is also recommended.  Mix it up a little.  Plant several different species on your property or plant something different than the neighbor has.   

With that said the following varieties are just a few recommendations for trees to plant on city owned right of way. They show hardiness to Waterloo’s climate (Waterloo's hardiness zone has recently changed to zone 5a), display favorable characteristics, and are generally available at local nurseries. 

Street Trees

Freeman maple - Acer X freemanii ‘Autumn Blaze’
Norway maple - Acer platanoides ‘Emerald Lustre’
Red maple - Acer rubrum ‘Autumn Flame’
Sugar maple - Acer saccharum
Hackberry - Celtis occidentalis
Gingko (Male) - Gingko biloba
Thornless honeylocust - Gleditisia triacanthos var. inermis ‘Shademaster’
Callary pear - Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’
Swamp White Oak - Quercus bicolor
Red Oak - Quercus rubra
American Linden - Tilia americana ‘Redmond’
Littleleaf Linden - Tilia cordata ‘Greenspire’

Low-growing Trees

Amur maple(single trunk) - Acer tataricum subsp. ginnala
Thornless cockspur hawthorn - Crataegus crusgalli var. inermis
Amur maackia - Maackia amurensis
Flowering crabapple - Malus sp. ‘Adams’ or ‘Prairifire’
Japanese tree lilac - Syringa reticulata

Approval must be obtained to plant these trees along the city right-of-way from the City Forester even if the trees you want to plant are listed here. Also, there are MANY more varieties of trees that may be allowed that are not listed here.  Plant a diversity of trees!