This Tree Selection Guide provides essential information to help you choose climate-resilient trees suitable for urban and suburban areas in northeast Ohio. This region includes Cuyahoga, Summit, Lorain, Wayne, Lake, Geauga, Portage, Stark, Ashtabula, Trumbull, Mahoning, Columbiana and Ashland counties. It is designed to help you choose from a diverse list of appropriate trees for a variety of situations, with consideration given to trees that are resistant to pests and diseases and tolerate conditions like de-icing salt, air pollution, soil compaction, saturated soils and drought.
The list includes native as well as non-native trees. Trees that are known to be invasive are not included in this guide. All trees listed are well-suited for the temperature extremes of this region. For ease of use, trees in the guide are grouped by size at maturity (Small, Medium and Large) and then alphabetically by scientific name. Each column provides information about the tree including whether it is deciduous or evergreen and native to the eastern United States, or not. Physical characteristics such as canopy form and spread at maturity, growth rate, tolerances to shade, salt, soil types, landscape suitability, value to wildlife, people and additional notes that would benefit the user are also included.