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
  • M - Permitted for use in a designated area within Hillsborough County only. View map for details.
  • P - In a landscape environment, 3 palms must be planted in a cluster to credit as one tree

Click on the common name to view or download information sheets on the tree, which includes pictures and/or illustrations of the trees.

Common Name Scientific Name Characteristics
Bottlebrush (Callistemon spp.) F, E
Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) Single Trunk, Standard F, D
Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) Multi-Trunk F, D
Cypress, Bald (Taxodium distichum) N,D
Cypress, Pond (Taxodium ascendens) N,D
Dogwood, Flowering (Cornus florida) N, F, D
Elm, Lacebark (Ulmus parvifolia) Includes cultivars such as: 'Drake', 'Allee', 'Bosque' D
Fringe Tree (Chionanthus virginicus) N, F, D
Holly, American (Ilex opaca) N, F, E
Holly, Dahoon (Ilex cassine) N, F, E
Holly, Topal (East Palatka, Eagleston) (Ilex x attenuata) Including cultivars:'Eagleston', 'East Palatka' N, F, E
Holly, Yaupon (Ilex vomitoria) N, F, E
Japanese Blueberry (Elaeocarpus decipiens) E
Jerusalem Thorn (Parkinsonia aculeata) F, E
Leland Cypress (Cupressus x leylandii) E
Ligustrum (tree form) (Ligustrum japonicum) F, E
Loblolly Bay (Gordonia lasianthus) N, F, E
Loquat (Eriobotrya japonica) F, E,
Magnolia, Southern (Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem') N, F, E
Oak, Myrtle (Quercus myrtifolia) N, E
Olive, European (Olea europaea) E
Palms, Date (Medjool, Canary Island Date) Phoenix spp. (excluded Roebellini) 1 tree = 1 tree E
Palm, Foxtail (Wodyetia bifurcata) E, P, M
Palm, Mule (Butiagrus nabonnandii) 1 tree = 1 tree E,
Palm, Ribbon (Livistona decipiens) P
Palm, Sabal (Sabal palmetto) N, E, P
Palm, Washington (Washingtonia robusta) E, P
Plum, Chickasaw (Prunus angustifolia) N, F, D
Plum, Flatwoods (Prunus umbellata)
Podocarpus (Podocarpus macrophyllus) E
Redbud (Cercis canadensis) N, D, F
River Birch (Betula nigra) N, D
Southern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana var. silicola) N, E
Southern Wax Myrtle (Myrica cerifera) N, E
Sparkleberry (Vaccinium arboreum) N, D
Summer Haw (Crataegus flava) E



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