Site Assessment and Tree Selection

Town hallAre you getting ready to plant a tree or maybe several trees? Whether you are planning to plant on your own lawn, in a community park, along a street, or in a tree pit, careful tree selection is essential to the tree’s long-term success. We have all heard time and time again to plant ‘the right tree in the right place’. These resources will help you do that.

Site Assessment

This resource lists questions to take under consideration when choosing a planting site and species of tree.

Planting Trees in Designed and Built Community Landscapes This resource provides a "checklist for success" for the entire process of choosing, planting, and caring for trees.

Tree Selection and Placement "Understand important issues in selecting a tree for planting, such as the tree’s intended function, location, common pests, geographic regions and hardiness zones, and considerations for best placement alternatives."

Tree Selection

Vermont Tree Selection Guide will help you match trees to sites to achieve lasting shade.

Recommeded Urban Trees from Cornell University profiles more than 90 trees that can stand up to the rigors of touch urban environments.

Interactive Tree Selections Tools

Check out our Tree Selection Tool that puts Vermont's Tree Selection Guide in an interactive format. You put in your site requirements and your desires, and out comes a list of recommeded trees.

UConn's Plant Database uses a Plant Selector to find trees, shrubs and vines that meet your specific needs.

Northern Trees offers a tree selector designed to help guide you through the process of tree selection, and provide a list of possible trees for your project.