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)
  • 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

The view information links are for sheets or web pages on the tree, which includes pictures and/or illustrations of the trees.

  • Common name: Magnolia, Southern
  • Scientific name: Magnolia grandiflora - Includes cultivars such as: 'Blanchard', 'Bracken Brown Beauty', 'Miss Chloe'
  • Characteristics: N, F, E, I
  • View information on Magnolia, Southern
  • Common name: Oak, Live
  • Scientific name: Quercus virginiana Includes cultivars such as: 'Highrise', 'Cathedral', 'Millenium'
  • Characteristics: N, E, I
  • View information on Oak, Live



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