2018 Shade Tree Program

The City of Dayton will be planting shade trees on Dayton homeowners' properties this Fall to help make neighborhoods greener and replenish the population of urban trees.

There are 17 species of shade trees available, and homeowners will work with an urban forester to determine a compatible tree based on tree lawn size and whether overhead wires are present. Please note that trees must be planted in the public right-of-way (tree lawn) and that this tree lawn must be at least 3 feet wide and 20 feet from overhead power lines. (This does not include street light wires and telecommunication lines.)

A city contractor will be conducting the tree planting and will run from Mid-October to early December. Interested homeowners are encouraged to request a tree as soon as possible because supplies are limited.

Shade Tree Choices:

TREE CHOICE #1
GINGERBREAD™ PAPERBARK MAPLE

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This attractive small- to medium-sized ornamental tree is excellent for a small are. Paper-barked maple is a great plant for four seasons: Winter and spring are highlighted with cinnamon-colored, exfoliating bark that is accentuated by light snow, while summer brings delicate leaves with a bluish cast that can turn bronze in fall. Fall color is not consistent from year to year.  (Limited Availability)

  • Size Range: Large tree (more than 40 feet)
  • Mature Height: 40-45 feet
  • Mature Width: 30-35 feet
  • Light Exposure:
    • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
    • Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
  • Shape or Form: Oval, Round, Upright
  • Growth Rate: Fast

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TREE CHOICE #2
STATE STREET™ MAPLE

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State Street maple has shown excellent heat and drought tolerance, as well as tolerance of alkaline soils. STATE STREET™ Miyabe's maple has thick, five-lobed, attractive, medium- to dark-green leaves that remain long into fall, then rapidly change to a pale golden-yellow fall color.

  • Size Range: Medium tree (25-40 feet), Small tree (15-25 feet)
  • Mature Height: 40-45 feet
  • Mature Width: 30-35 feet
  • Light Exposure:
    • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
    • Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
  • Shape or Form: Oval, Round, Upright
  • Growth Rate: Fast

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Tree Choice #3
APOLLO SUGAR MAPLE

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Unique narrowness, dense branching and compact form make this dwarf and columnar Sugar Maple ideal for limited spaces. Dark green foliage withstands summer heat.

  • Size Range: Medium tree (25-40 feet), Small tree (15-25 feet)
  • Mature Height: 30 feet
  • Mature Width: 10 feet
  • Light Exposure:
    • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
    • Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
  • Shape or Form: Narrow, columnar

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Tree Choice #4
Crimson Sunset® Maple

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Heat tolerance is the distinguishing characteristic of this Acer truncatum hybrid. Its foliage resembles that of Crimson King, but its form is more upright and compact. Thanks to the Acer truncatum parentage, it flourishes in the summer heat where few purple leafed plants will grow.

  • Size Range: Medium tree (25-40 feet
  • Mature Height: 35 feet
  • Mature Width: 25 feet
  • Light Exposure:
    • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
    • Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
  • Shape or Form: Upright oval

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Tree Choice #5
Renaissance Oasis Birch

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The result of years of selection and testing, Renaissance Oasis has a broad, dense, pyramidal form, and drought tolerance. The bark is a rich mahogany-reddish color turning bright white and exfoliates. Leaves are dark green, turning yellow in fall. Plant in full sun to light shade in moist, well-drained soil. Is adaptable to alkaline or acid soil and a wide range of soil types. Provide adequate moisture during dry periods.

  • Size Range: Large tree (more than 40 feet)
  • Mature Height: 50 feet
  • Mature Width: 30 feet
  • Light Exposure:
    • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
  • Shape or Form: Broadly pyramidal to oval
  • Growth Rate: Fast

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Tree Choice #6
KATSURA TREE

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The katsura tree, native to Japan, makes an excellent specimen or shade tree in Midwestern landscapes. Its foliage offers an array of color throughout the year. In spring, heart-shaped leaves emerge reddish-purple, changing to blue-green as they mature. In autumn the color display changes again as leaves turn clear yellow or apricot color.

  • Size Range: Large tree (more than 40 feet)
  • Mature Height: 40-60 feet
  • Mature Width: 20-30 feet
  • Light Exposure:
    • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
    • Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
  • Shape or Form: Oval, Pyramidal, Round
  • Growth Rate: Moderate, Fast

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Tree Choice #7
American Yellowwood

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Yellowwood is a medium- to large-sized tree, 30 to 50 feet high, with smooth bark, large hanging clusters of fragrant white flowers, and clear yellow fall color. Choose a yellowwood tree for excellent shade in a small- to medium-sized landscape.

  • Size Range: Large tree (more than 40 feet) , Medium tree (25-40 feet)
  • Mature Height: 30-50 feet
  • Mature Width: 40-55 feet
  • Light Exposure:
    • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
  • Shape or Form: Round
  • Growth Rate: Moderate

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Tree Choice #8
Magyar Ginkgo

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Magyar Ginkgo is a reliable performer that features strong upright growth with a dominant central leader. Faster growing and with a slightly broader form than ‘Princeton Sentry,’ this narrow, upright cultivar has an excellent form for use as an urban street tree. Pyramidal in form, it grows to an approximate height of 50 feet and spread of 30 feet.

  • Size Range: Large tree (more than 40 feet)
  • Mature Height: 50 feet
  • Mature Width: 30  feet
  • Light Exposure:
    • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
  • Shape or Form: Broad, Pyramidal, Upright
  • Growth Rate: Slow

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Tree Choice #9
Espresso Kentucky Coffee Tree

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The huge doubly compound leaves give this tree a tropical feel, and the arching branches present an elm-like form. This is a seedless selection. Good tolerance of heat, drought, and cold.

  • Size Range: Large tree (more than 40 feet)
  • Mature Height: 50 feet
  • Mature Width: 35 feet
  • Light Exposure:
    • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
  • Shape or Form: Oval to vase shaped with upright arching branches
  • Growth Rate: Slow

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Tree Choice #10
Emerald City® Tulip Tree

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A refined cultivar of our familiar native tulip tree, this uniform growing selection is straighter and more upright, with a dominant central leader and deeper green, slightly glossy foliage.

  • Size Range: Large tree (more than 40 feet)
  • Mature Height: 55 feet
  • Mature Width: 25  feet
  • Light Exposure:
    • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
    • Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
  • Shape or Form: Upright oval, slightly compact
  • Growth Rate: Fast

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Tree Choice #11
Vanessa Persian Parrotia

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Tighter, with greater density, and more upright than the species, Vanessa is a better choice for smaller landscapes or for use near streets. Fall color varies from orange to red and is always impressive.

  • Size Range: Medium tree (25-40 feet), Small tree (15-25 feet)
  • Mature Height: 28 feet
  • Mature Width: 14 feet
  • Light Exposure:
    • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
    • Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
  • Shape or Form: Upright, tight vase
  • Growth Rate: Moderate

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Tree Choice #12
Eye Stopper Cork Tree

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This cultivar has the clearest, bright yellow foliage of the cork trees introduced to date. It was selected from trees at the University of Wisconsin Longenecker Gardens.

  • Size Range: Medium tree (25-40 feet)
  • Mature Height: 40 feet
  • Mature Width: 35 feet
  • Light Exposure:
    • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
    • Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
  • Shape or Form: Upright, then spreading, rounded crown
  • Growth Rate: Moderate

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Tree Choice #13
Crimson Spire Oak

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This columnar selection originated as a hybrid of Q. robur and Q. alba. White oak parentage provides dark green, mildew resistant foliage and reddish fall color. Fastigiate growth habit is inherited from the English oak side.

  • Size Range: Large tree (more than 40 feet)
  • Mature Height: 45 feet
  • Mature Width: 15 feet
  • Light Exposure:
    • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
  • Shape or Form: Columnar, tightly fastigiate
  • Growth Rate: Fast

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Tree Choice #14
Chinkapin Oak

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Chinkapin oak is native to the Midwest, where it is often found as a specimen planting or as a grouping of tree for parks and large areas. Chinkapin oaks are found on dry, limestone outcrops in the wild and perform well in alkaline soils. Its glossy, coarsely-toothed leaves are yellow-green and small compared to most oaks. Young trees retain a pyramidal to oval habit with a pale gray, scaly ridged central trunk. As trees age, the crown becomes more rounded.

  • Size Range: Large tree (more than 40 feet)
  • Mature Height: 50-80 feet
  • Mature Width: 50-70 feet
  • Light Exposure:
    • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
  • Shape or Form: Pyramidal, Round
  • Growth Rate: Slow, Moderate

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Tree Choice #15
Boulevard American Linden

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Tall and narrow, this selection of the native American Basswood is very hardy and well suited to street plantings.

  • Size Range: Large tree (more than 40 feet)
  • Mature Height: 50 feet
  • Mature Width: 25 feet
  • Light Exposure:
    • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
  • Shape or Form: Narrowly pyramidal
  • Growth Rate: Moderate

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Tree Choice #16
Sterling Silver Linden

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A very ornamental shade tree with a broad, oval habit of growth and fragrant flowers in early summer; dark green leaves have a silvery backside which shimmers in the wind, very attractive; a neat and tidy tree, very adaptable, best for larger landscapes

  • Size Range: Large tree (more than 40 feet) , Medium tree (25-40 feet)
  • Mature Height: 45 feet
  • Mature Width: 30 feet
  • Light Exposure:
    • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
  • Shape or Form: Pyramidal
  • Growth Rate: Moderate

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Tree choice #17
Lindsey’s Skyward Bald Cypress

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The branch habit is remarkably upright, resulting in a deciduous conifer with a completely unique appearance. Unlike all previous bald cypress cultivars, its branches ascend stiffly and tightly to form a symmetrical column. (Limited Availability)

  • Size Range: Medium tree (25-40 feet), Small tree (15-25 feet)
  • Mature Height: 25 feet
  • Mature Width: 10 feet
  • Light Exposure:
    • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
    • Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
  • Shape or Form: Upright columnar
  • Growth Rate: Moderate

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  1. Shade Tree Planting Guidelines
  2. Shade Tree Sign-Up Form

Tree Planting Guidelines

The City Arborist will use the following guidelines when locating the planting site for your tree. Depending on the species of tree selected and/or special site conditions, these measurements may be altered by the Arborist.

Trees shall not be planted closer than:

25’ from an intersection

10’ from alleys or driveways

10’ from fire hydrants, underground utilities, and utility poles.

10’ from directional traffic signs.

25’ from stop or yield signs.

25’ from street lights.

30’ or more from adjacent trees. This is determined by the species of tree selected and the species of adjacent tee.

3’ Minimum tree lawn width                                                                                                                                 

20’ away from overhead power lines

Establishment Care: Performed by resident

Newly planted trees must be watered regularly for the first two or three years. During the summer dry season (roughly June to October) we recommend deep root- watering to a depth of 30”. Begin with 15 gallons of water per week, and adjust as needed. During the remaining months of the year, monitor the root zone for dryness and water as needed.

Maintain a 3” deep mulch circle around the tree. Mulch helps retain soil moisture and adds nutrients to the soil. Having mulch around the tree will also prevent damage to the tree from lawnmowers and string trimmers. Do not pile mulch around the trunk of the tree, however. This creates an environment which can lead to trunk decay.

Click the SHADE TREE SIGN-UP FORM heading above to request your tree!