Street trees are valuable additions to urban, suburban and rural landscapes. Not all trees are suitable for use as street trees and some are better choices than others for site-specific reasons.
What is the value of street trees to local areas?
What are the criteria for your location?
It is critical that diversity also play a major role in species choice. From an aesthetic only viewpoint, a monoculture makes the most sense. Streets in the early to mid-1900’s all lined in American Elms were truly magnificent. Then sadly Dutch Elm Disease wiped them all out and streets were left lined with massive dead trees that had to be removed at great expense. Municipalities were forced to start over. Often they were replaced by another monoculture (Green Ash as an example) which then was also killed off, this time by the Emerald Ash-borer.
Some possible tree species are:
With a little thought, an assortment of trees can be made aesthetically pleasing while reducing the risk of a complete loss due to future unknown pests. We recommend researching street trees that are appropriate for your area. Many cities have ideas and documentation in this field.