Selecting a Tree


The most important thing to remember when deciding on a tree to plant is:

Plant the Right Tree in the Right Place

Trees provide a multitude of benefits when used in the landscape, but the degree of these benefits can vary based on how appropriate a certain tree is for a given site. For instance:
  • Certain species fulfill some functions better than other species
  • Different trees have unique shapes and space requirements
  • Tree species are adapted to specific environmental conditions
As part of their benefits, trees can save us money and provide services that conserve natural resources such as water and wildlife. It is important to remember when selecting a tree species to plant or when choosing a good spot to plant a species, that we take into consideration the tree’s needs and the limitations presented by the tree planting site. Improperly placed trees can still produce benefits, but they will be greatly reduced in comparison to a tree species that is compatible with the growing conditions in its planting spot. Another way to enhance the benefits provided by your tree is to keep your tree healthy. View the Keep Your Tree Healthy page.

Planting the right tree in the right place assures a lifetime of satisfaction and reduced tree maintenance costs. It can increase property value and energy efficiency of the home, and minimize problems caused by trees in conflict with utility lines, such as reduced life span from excessive pruning, property damage from downed lines in storm events, and power outages.

Planting the wrong tree in the wrong place can cause property damage, create a nuisance to neighbors, or even become a safety risk.

We plant trees so that we can enjoy them for years to come, right? If so, it is well worth it plan ahead for the needs of a tree and what it will look like 20, 50, or even 100 years from now.

Follow these steps when looking for the perfect tree for you:
  1. Locate nearby utilities
  2. Consider what function you want your tree to fulfill
  3. Determine the mature tree size you need & if any space limitations exist
  4. Evaluate the environmental conditions of the site, which your selected tree must be compatible with
  5. Select a tree species that is well adapted to Central Oklahoma