Approved Tree List

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

Shade trees

  • 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
Common Name / Botanical Name Characteristics
Ash, green / Fraxinus pennsylvanica N, D, 1
Cypress, bald / Taxodium distichum N, D
Elm, American / Ulmus americana N, D, 1
Elm, winged / Ulmus alata N, D
Hickory, pignut / Carya glabra N, D, 1
Maple, red / Acer rubrum N, D, 2
Magnolia, southern / Magnolia grandiflora N, F, E
Oak, laurel / Quercus laurifolia N, D, 1
Oak, live / Quercus virginiana N, E, 1
Oak, post / Quercus stellata N, E
Oak, sand live / Quercus geminata N, E
Oak, Shumard / Quercus shumardii N, D
Oak, turkey / Quercus laevis N, D
Pine, longleaf / Pinus palustris N, E
Pine, sand / Pinus clausa N, E
Pine, northern slash / Pinus elliottii v. elliottii N, E
Pine, slash / Pinus elliotti N, E
Sugarberry / Celtis laevigata N, D
Sweetgum / Liquidambar styraciflua N, D, 1
Sycamore / Platanus occidentalis N, D, 1

Ornamental trees

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

  • F - Flowering
  • E - Evergreen
  • D - Deciduous sheds leaves annually
  • 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
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 Cedar / Juniperus 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

Street trees

The following list of trees and palms represent acceptable Street Tree.

  • 1 - Where palms are used for street trees, they shall be planted at twice the frequency as other accepted street trees
Common Name / Botanical Name Characteristics
Cypress, Bald / Taxodium distichum
Cypress, Pond / Taxodium ascendens
Elm, Winged / Ulmus alata
Magnolia, Southern / Magnolia grandiflora
Maple, Florida / Acer barbatum
Oak, Live / Quercus virginiana
Oak, Shummard / Quercus shummardii
Palm, Sabal / Sabal palmetto 1
Palm, Washington / Washingtonia robusta 1
Podocarpus / Podocarpus macrophyllus
Tupelo Blackgum / Nyssa sylvatica

Screening trees for incompatible land uses

The following list of trees represent acceptable Incompatible Land Use Screening Tree species.

Common Name / Botanical Name

  • Loblolly Bay / Gordonia lasianthus
  • Magnolia, Southern / Magnolia grandiflora
  • Oak, Laurel / Quercus laurifolia
  • Oak, Live / Quercus virginiana
  • Oak, Sand Live / Quercus geminate
  • Pine, Longleaf / Pinus palustris
  • Pine, Sand / Pinus clausa
  • Pine, Slash / Pinus elliottii
  • Red Cedar / Juniperus silicicola
  • Redbay / Persea borbonia
  • Sweetbay / Magnolia virginiana

Resources

Contact

For more information contact the Natural Resources unit at (813) 272-5600, ext. 5, option 1.