Find the Right Tree
The Colorado Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architecture, Colorado Nursery & Greenhouse Association, Colorado Tree Coalition and Colorado State University Extension have compiled a Front Range Tree Recommendation List to help choose the right tree for specific areas.
To determine your Plant Hardiness Zone, visit the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map.
Once you have determine your Zone, visit the Front Range Tree Recommendation List and the Feature Tree Archive, below, for lists of recommended trees for Colorado.
This list is intended to assist those involved in the buying, growing, selling, selection, siting and specification of trees, with the ultimate goal of a healthy, diverse and geographically appropriate landscape and urban forest. The ratings apply to the Colorado Front Range, generally defined as the region from Colorado Springs to the Wyoming border and from the foothills to the eastern plains.
If you are located outside of the Front Range some of these species may or may not work depending on the temperature extremes your location experiences.
The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been discovered in Boulder, Colorado. All Ash tree species (Fraxinus) are no longer recommended to be planted in Colorado. To learn more about this insect visit our EAB Informational Page. To find alternatives to this tree visit the Front Range Tree Recommendation List, the Feature Tree Archive or our most recent addition, the Colorado Ash Tree Replacement Selection Tool (xlsx file).
Check Out the Latest Cool Tool from CTC, the Tree Collections App and Website
The CTC recently launched its Tree Collections program to create a unique platform that links users to a network of diverse tree collections throughout the state, while also delivering consistent and comprehensive individual tree species information. Tree Collections is an educational tool for all seasons that can be utilized by students, curious visitors, nature lovers, and tree people alike. So whether you are just wanting to explore a local tree collection to learn more about what trees grow in Colorado’s diverse urban settings, or wanting to add your own Tree Collection to the site visit https://treecollections.com to learn more!
Colorado Tree Coalition periodically features a specific tree to help you make an informed decision about your tree planting.
Click here to see our latest feature tree. Find out about past feature trees by clicking the links below.
Feature Tree Archive
-Ash, Autumn Purple
-Ash, European Mountain
-Aspen, Swedish Columnar
-Japanese Pagoda Tree
-Kentucky Coffee Tree
-Maple, Autumn Blaze
-Oak, Fastigiata English
-Oak, Swamp White
-Ash, Single Leaf
-Beech, Tricolor European
-Chokecherry, Canada Red
-Euonymous, Pink Lady
-Hawthorn, Crimson Cloud
-Hawthorn, Thornless Cockspur
-Japanese Tree Lilac
-Plum, Princess Kay
-Pine, Southwestern White
-Spruce, Colorado Blue