Trees Exempt from Tree Removal Permits

Though many species of trees require a permit if you want to remove them, a permit is not required for all species. Certain trees have features which are not good for the local environment, so we have made it easier for you to remove them. The trees in the list below may exhibit one or more of the following traits, so are exempt from permit requirements:

  • undesirable growth characteristics
  • highly susceptible to freeze damage
  • detrimental to the survival of native plants or animals

Click on the common name to view or download information sheets on the tree, which includes pictures and/or illustrations of the trees. A few of the trees do not yet have information sheets. We will update those as they become available.

Scientific Name Common Name
Acacia auriculiformis Earleaf Acacia
Albizia lebbek Woman's Tongue
Auracaria araucana Monkey Puzzle
Bauhinia veriegata Orchid Tree
Broussonetia papyrifera Paper Mulberry
Casuarina spp. Australian Pine
Citrus spp. Citrus Tree
Dalbergia sissoo Indian Rosewood
Enterolobium contortisiliquum Earpod Tree
Eucalyptus spp. Eucalyptus
Eugenia uniflora Surinam Cherry
Grevillea robusta Silk Oak
Jacaranda acutifolia Jacaranda
Leucaena leucocephela Lead Tree
Melaleuca ouinquenervia Punk Tree
Melia azedarach Chinaberry
Mimosa pigra Catclaw Mimosa
Prunus caroliniana Cherry Laurel
Sapium sebiferum Chinese Tallow
Schinus terebinthifolius Brazilian Pepper
Syagrus romanzoffiana Queen Palm



For more information call the Natural Resource Unit at (813) 276-8399.