Planting recommendations for specific locations:

(A lot of the trees below also are listed above as well; some are added due to their tolerance for challenging growing areas.)

EVERGREEN SCREENING TREES (very little canopy when fully grown): Per ordinance, spacing requirement is 15 feet on center, between both existing and replacement trees. Screening trees are eligible for partial recompense credit (based on 15 ft. spacing) ONLY where location conditions do not permit planting of overstory or mid-canopy trees.

  • Cryptomeria Cryptomeria japonica
  • *Holly, American Ilex opaca
  • Holly, Fosters Ilex x attenuata ‘Fosteri’
  • Holly, Savannah Ilex x attenuata ‘Savannah’
  • Holly, Yaupon Ilex vomitoria
  • Magnolia, Southern ‘Little Gem’ or ‘Alta’
  • Magnolia grandiflora ‘Little Gem’
  • Magnolia grandiflora ‘Alta’
  • *Pine, Virginia Pinus virginia (5-gal. size best)
  • Sweetbay Magnolia Magnolia virginiana
  • *Redcedar, Eastern Juniperus virginiana

COLUMNAR TREES FOR NARROW SPACES: (Various canopy sizes with columnar growth patterns).

  • Bald Cypress Taxodium distichum
  • Dawn Redwood Metasequoia glyptostroboides (height up to 100 feet)
  • Deodar cedar Cedrus deodara
  • English Oak Quercus robur ‘Rose Hill’
  • European Hornbeam
  • Hornbeam betulus‘Fastigiata’
  • * Redcedar, Eastern Juniperus virginiana

TREES SUITABLE FOR DETENTION PONDS AND WETLANDS:
(See categories above for size of tree.)

  • Bald Cypress Taxodium distichum
  • * Blackgum, Tupelo Nyssa sylvatica, Nyssa aquatica
  • Dawn Redwood Metasequoia glyptostroboides
  • Ironwood Carpinus caroliniana
  • *Red Maple Acer rubrum
  • Sweetbay Magnolia Magnolia virginiana

TREES SUITABLE FOR ROAD FRONTAGE AND PARKING LOTS:

Overstory

  • *Oak, Georgia Quercus Georgiana (soil area >5 ft. wide)
  • *Oak, Nuttall Quercus nuttalli (soil area >5 ft. wide)
  • *Oak, Overcup Quercus lyrata (soil area >5 ft. wide)
  • *Oak Shumard Quercus shumardii (soil area > 5 ft. wide)
  • *Oak, Willow Quercus phellos (soil area >5 ft. wide)
  • *Sweetgum Liquidambar styaciflua’Rotundiloba’ (fruitless)

Midstory

  • Baldcypress Taxodium distichum
  • *Blackgum (Tupelo) Nyssa sylvatica
  • Elm, Chinese (Lace Bark) Ulmus parvifolia
  • *Hophornbeam Ostrya virginiana
  • *Hornbeam, American (Ironwood, Blue Beech) Carpinus caroliniana
  • Hornbeam, European Carpinus betulus
  • *Maple, Chalk Acer leucoderme (parking lots too hot)
  • *Maple, Red Acer rubrum
  • *Maple, Southern Sugar Acer barbatum
  • *Redcedar, Eastern Juniperus virginiana

Understory

(Understory trees do not meet parking lot planting requirements under the ordinance because they do not reach 40 feet in height at maturity).

  • Chinese Pistache Pistacia chinensis
  • Crapemyrtle Lagerstroemia indica (Single stem, non-dwarf cultivars)
  • *Maple, Trident Acer buergerianum
  • Parrotia, Persian Parrotia persica
  • *Redbud, Eastern Cercis canadensis
  • *Serviceberry Amelanchier arborea or laevis

* Asterisk denotes tree is native to the Piedmont region of Georgia (which includes Atlanta).

PLANTING RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SPECIFIC LOCATIONS:

(A lot of the trees below also are listed above as well; some are added due to their tolerance for challenging growing areas.)

EVERGREEN SCREENING TREES (very little canopy when fully grown): Per ordinance, spacing requirement is 15 feet on center, between both existing and replacement trees. Screening trees are eligible for partial recompense credit (based on 15 ft. spacing) ONLY where location conditions do not permit planting of overstory or mid-canopy trees.

Cryptomeria Cryptomeria japonica
*Holly, American Ilex opaca
Holly, Fosters Ilex x attenuata ‘Fosteri’
Holly, Savannah Ilex x attenuata ‘Savannah’
Holly, Yaupon Ilex vomitoria
Magnolia, Southern ‘Little Gem’ or ‘Alta’
Magnolia grandiflora ‘Little Gem’
Magnolia grandiflora ‘Alta’
*Pine, Virginia Pinus virginia (5-gal. size best)
Sweetbay Magnolia Magnolia virginiana
*Redcedar, Eastern Juniperus virginiana

COLUMNAR TREES FOR NARROW SPACES: (Various canopy sizes with columnar growth patterns).

Bald Cypress Taxodium distichum
Dawn Redwood Metasequoia glyptostroboides (height up to 100 feet)
Deodar cedar Cedrus deodara
English Oak Quercus robur ‘Rose Hill’
European Hornbeam
Hornbeam betulus‘Fastigiata’
* Redcedar, Eastern Juniperus virginiana
TREES SUITABLE FOR DETENTION PONDS AND WETLANDS:
(See categories above for size of tree.)
Bald Cypress Taxodium distichum
* Blackgum, Tupelo Nyssa sylvatica, Nyssa aquatica
Dawn Redwood Metasequoia glyptostroboides
Ironwood Carpinus caroliniana
*Red Maple Acer rubrum
Sweetbay Magnolia Magnolia virginiana

TREES SUITABLE FOR ROAD FRONTAGE AND PARKING LOTS:

Overstory

*Oak, Georgia Quercus Georgiana
(soil area >5 ft. wide)
*Oak, Nuttall Quercus nuttalli (soil area >5 ft. wide)
*Oak, Overcup Quercus lyrata
(soil area >5 ft. wide)
*Oak Shumard Quercus shumardii
(soil area > 5 ft. wide)
*Oak, Willow Quercus phellos
(soil area >5 ft. wide)
*Sweetgum Liquidambar styaciflua’Rotundiloba’ (fruitless)
Midstory
Baldcypress Taxodium distichum
*Blackgum (Tupelo) Nyssa sylvatica
Elm, Chinese (Lace Bark) Ulmus parvifolia
*Hophornbeam Ostrya virginiana
*Hornbeam, American (Ironwood, Blue Beech) Carpinus caroliniana
Hornbeam, European Carpinus betulus
*Maple, Chalk Acer leucoderme
(parking lots too hot)
*Maple, Red Acer rubrum
*Maple, Southern Sugar Acer barbatum
*Redcedar, Eastern Juniperus virginiana

Understory

(Understory trees do not meet parking lot planting requirements under the ordinance because they do not reach 40 feet in height at maturity).

Chinese Pistache Pistacia chinensis
Crapemyrtle Lagerstroemia indica (Single stem, non-dwarf cultivars)
*Maple, Trident Acer buergerianum
Parrotia, Persian Parrotia persica
*Redbud, Eastern Cercis canadensis
*Serviceberry Amelanchier arborea or laevis

* Asterisk denotes tree is native to the Piedmont region of Georgia (which includes Atlanta).
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