Approved Shade Trees

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)
  • 1 - Acceptable for planting in shade tree islands
  • 2 - Not acceptable for planting in internal or terminal islands of parking areas

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 / Botanical Name Characteristics
Green Ash / Fraxinus pennsylvanica N, D, 1
Bald Cypress / Taxodium distichum N, D
American Elm / Ulmus americana N, D, 1
Winged Elm / Ulmus alata N, D
Pignut Hickory / Carya glabra N, D, 1
Red Maple / Acer rubrum N, D, 2
Southern Magnolia / Magnolia grandiflora N, F, E
Laurel Oak / Quercus laurifolia N, D, 1
Live Oak / Quercus virginiana N, E, 1
Post Oak / Quercus stellata N, E
Sand Live Oak / Quercus geminata N, E
Shumard Oak / Quercus shumardii N, D
Turkey Oak / Quercus laevis N, D
Longleaf Pine / Pinus palustris N, E
Sand Pine / Pinus clausa N, E
Northern Slash Pine / Pinus elliottii v. elliottii N, E
Slash Pine / Pinus elliotti N, E
Sugarberry / Celtis laevigata N, D
Sweetgum / Liquidambar styraciflua N, D, 1
Sycamore / Platanus occidentalis N, D, 1




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