Approved Shade Trees

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

Characteristics legend

  • N - Native
  • F - Flowering
  • E - Evergreen
  • D - Deciduous (sheds leaves annually)
  • I - Acceptable for planting in shade tree islands
  • X - Not acceptable for planting in internal or terminal landscape islands elements
  • L - May be planted under power lines

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
Ash, Green (Fraxinus pennsylvanica) N, D, I
Elm, American (Ulmus americana) N, D, I
Elm, Winged (Ulmus alata) N, D, I
Hickory, Pignut (Carya glabra) N, D
Magnolia, Southern (Magnolia grandiflora) Includes cultivars such as: 'Blanchard', 'Bracken Brown Beauty', 'Miss Chloe' N, F, E, I
Maple, Florida (Acer floridanum) N, D, X
Maple, Red (Acer rubrum) N, F, D, X
Oak, Sand Live (Quercus geminata) N, E, I
Oak, Laurel (Quercus laurifolia) N, D, I
Oak, Live (Quercus virginiana) Includes cultivars such as: 'Highrise', 'Cathedral', 'Millenium' N, E, I
Oak, Post (Quercus stellata) N, D, I
Oak, Shumard (Quercus shumardii) N, D, I
Oak, Turkey (Quercus laevis) N, D, I
Pecan (Carya illinoensis) N, D
Pine, Loblolly (Pinus taeda ) N,E
Pine, Longleaf (Pinus palustris) N, E
Pine, Sand (Pinus clausa) N, E
Pine, Slash (Pinus elliottii) N, E
Sugarberry (Celtis laevigata) N, D
Sweetgum  (Liquidambar styraciflua) N, D
Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) N, D




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