Urban Tree Selection for Diversity
Urban forestry, parks and planning in Tampa Bay, Florida. Image used in the 2015 UF/IFAS Extension Calendar.  Photo Credits:  UF/IFAS Photo by Tyler Jones
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Tree Selection
Tree Planting

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Hilbert, Deborah, Andrew Koeser, and Robert Northrop. 2020. “Urban Tree Selection for Diversity”. EDIS 2020 (5). https://doi.org/10.32473/edis-ep589-2020.


Urban tree diversity is important when attempting to create a healthy, beneficial, and resilient urban forest. Having a variety of trees can increase the aesthetic value for residents and create habitats for plants and animals. Some common street trees currently in the landscape are not site-appropriate and create infrastructure damage. By planting different types of trees in these locations, maintenance costs and infrastructure damage can be reduced and tree longevity increased. This new 4-page fact sheet is intended to provide urban foresters, arborists, landscape designers, and others in charge of tree planting with a process for introducing new species into the urban environment. Written by Deborah R. Hilbert, Andrew K. Koeser, and Robert J. Northrop, and published by the UF/IFAS Environmental Horticulture Department.

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