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Request a Street Tree online

Montgomery County plants approximately 1800 trees per year to replace trees that have been removed from the public right-of-way. Trees are replaced by the County on a request basis. If you desire a tree, you can  request a street tree online , or contact the Division of Highway Services at 311 for a County Arborist to inspect the property for appropriate species and location.

 

MAJOR TREES

Acceptable major trees shall be 8' to 12' tall and have a minimum trunk caliper of 1 3/4" - 2" as measured 6" above ground level. They shall be branched at a point approximately 60% of the total height of the tree above ground. Larger sizes are acceptable but must conform to American Standards for nursery stock.
 

Scientific Name Common Name   Height Width
Betula nigra River Birch (single stem) 40’-50’ 40’-50’
Celtis occidentalis Hackberry 40’-50’ 40’-50’
Cladratis kentukea Yellowwood 30’-50’ 40’-50’
Fagus grandifolia American Beech 50'-90' 50'-75'
Ginkgo biloba Ginkgo (male, fruitless) 50’-80’ 40’-80’
Gleditsia triacanthos Honeylocust, thornless 50’-70’ 35’-50’
Gymnocladus dioicus Kentucky Coffeetree (male, seedless) 60'-75' 40'-50'
Liquidambar styraciflua Sweetgum (fruitless) 65’-75’ 40’-50’
Nyssa sylvatica Blackgum 40’-70’ 35’-45’
Platanus x acerifolia London Planetree 70’-80’ 55’-65’
Quercus alba White Oak 60'-80' 60'-80'
Quercus lyrata Overcup Oak 45'-55' 45'-55'
Quercus bicolor Swamp White Oak 60’-80’ 50’-80’
Quercus macrocarpa Bur Oak 70'-80' 70'-85'
Quercus robur English Oak 70'-80' 75'-85'
Quercus rubra Northern Red Oak 60’-80’ 45’-60’
Quercus phellos Willow Oak 60’-75’ 40’-60’
Sophora japonica Japanese Pagoda Tree 40’-70’ 30’-40’
Taxodium distichum Baldcypress 50'-70' 30'-35'
Tilia tomentosa Silver Linden 50’-60’ 50’-60’
Ulmus americana "Valley Forge" American Elm 60'-80' 30'-50'
Ulmus parvifolia Lacebark Elm 40’-45’ 45’-50’
Zelkova serrata Village Green Zelkova 50’-60’ 50’-60’

* denotes a flowering tree
Other species are considered by request.

 

MINOR TREES

Acceptable minor trees shall be a minimum of 8' - 10' tall and have a minimum caliper of 1" - 1 1/2" measured 6" above ground level. Remaining description is the same as for major trees.

Acer buergerianum Trident Maple 30’-35’ 25’-35’
Acer ginnala Amur maple 15'-20' 15’-25’
Amelanchier laevis* Serviceberry (single stem) 30’-40’ 15’-20’
Carpinus caroliniana American Hornbeam 20’-40’ 20’-30’
Cercis canadensis* Eastern Redbud 20’-30’ 15’-30’
Cornus florida * White Flowering Dogwood 20’-30’ 20’-30’
Cornus florida ‘rubra’* Pink Flowering Dogwood 20’-30’ 20’-30’
Cornus kousa* Kousa Dogwood 15’-20’ 15’-20’
Crataegus viridis Green Hawthorn 20’-35’ 20’-35’
Koelreuteria paniculata* Goldenraintree 30’-40’ 30’-40’
Malus x* Flowering Crabapple 20’-25’ 15’-20’
Ostrya virginiana Ironwood 25'-40' 20'-30'
Parriotia persica Persian Parrotia 20'-40' 15'-30'
Prunus x incamp 'Okame'* Okame Cherry 15-‘25’ 15-‘20’
Styrax japonicus* Japanese Snowbell 20’-30’ 15’-25’
Syringa reticulata* Japanese tree lilac 20’-25’ 15’-20’

* denotes a flowering tree
Other species are considered by request.

 

Montgomery County Design Standards set the guidelines for trees planted on the right of way, as well as the spacing between trees and other features commonly found on the public right of way. Design standards were set by  Division of Transportation Engineering .

 

Highway Services · Montgomery County Department of Transportation · 240-777-7623 · Fax: 240-777-7670 · 100 Edison Park Dr · 4th Floor · Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878 · mcdot.highway@montgomerycountymd.gov
For any MCDOT service requests, call 311. Outside the county, call 240-777-0311 or submit via the website.   For website issues, broken links or comments, please email us(does not handle service requests).
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