Approved Ornamental Trees

If you want to plant new ornamental trees or replace ornamental trees you are removing, view the list of the approved species you can plant in Hillsborough County.

These trees generally obtain a mature height of 15 - 25 feet.

Characteristics legend

  • F - Flowering
  • E - Evergreen
  • D - Deciduous sheds leaves annually
  • N - Native
  • 1 - Acceptable for planting under power lines
  • 2 - May obtain a mature height of up to 50 feet under ideal growing conditions
  • 3 - Palms must be planted in clusters of three to credit as one landscape tree

Click on the common name to view or download information sheets on the tree, which includes pictures and/or illustrations of the trees. A few of the trees do not yet have information sheets. We will update those as they become available.

Common Name / Botanical Name Characteristics
Acacia / Acacia Sp. F,E
Bottlebrush / Callistemon viminalis F,E,1
Chickasaw Plum / Prunus angustifolia N,F,D,1
Crepe Myrtle / Lagerstroemia indica F,D,1
Drake Elm / Ulmus parvifolia D
White Fringe / Chionanthus virginicus N,F,D
American Holly / Ilex opaca N,F,E,2
Chinese Holly / Ilex cornuta E,1
Dahoon Holly / Ilex cassine N, F, E, 1
East Palatka Holly / Ilex attenuate N, F, E
Mary Nell Holly / Ilex x “Mary Nell” E, 1
Yaupon Holly / Ilex vomitoria N, F, E, 1
Japanese Blueberry / Elaeocarpus decipiens F, E
Jerusalem Thorn / Parkinsonia aculeata F, E, 1
Ligustrum Tree form / Ligustrum lucidum F, E, 1
Loblolly Bay / Gordonia lasianthus N, F, E, 2
Loquat / Eriobotrya japonica F, E, 1
Myrtle Oak / Quercus myrtifolia N, E, 2
Palm Species / Phoenix spp. E
Sabal Palm / Sabal palmetto N, E, 3
Washington Palm / Washingtonia robusta E, 3
Podocarpus / Podocarpus macrophyllus E
Red CedarJuniperus silicicola N,E,2
River Birch / Betula nigra N,D,2
Sparkleberry / Vaccinium arboretum N,F,E,1
Summer Haw / Crataegus flava N,D
Sweetbay Magnolia / Magnolia virginiana F,E
Tabebuia / Tabebuia spp. F,E
Wax Myrtle / Myrica cerifera N,E,1
Weeping Willow / Salex babylonica D,2



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