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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.

Feature trees

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

Shade Trees

Ash, Autumn Purple

Ash, European Mountain

Ash, Green

Aspen, Quaking

Aspen, Swedish Columnar


Boxelder, Sensation

Buckeye, Ohio

Catalpa, Western

Cottonwood, Lanceleaf

Cottonwood, Narrowleaf

Cottonwood, Plains

Elm, American

Elm, David

Elm, English

Elm, Frontier

Elm, Lacebark

Filbert, Turkish


Hackberry, Common

Hickory, Shagbark



Japanese Pagoda Tree

Kentucky Coffee Tree

Linden, American

Linden, Littleleaf

London Planetree


Maple, Autumn Blaze

Maple, Canyon

Maple, Manzano

Maple, Miyabe

Maple, Norway

Maple, Red

Maple, Sugar

Mulberry, Fruitless

Oak, Bur

Oak, Chinkapin

Oak, English

Oak, Fastigiata English

Oak, Red

Oak, Shumard

Oak, Sawtooth

Oak, Swamp White

Oak, White

Osage Orange


Pistache, Chinese


Sycamore, American

Tulip Poplar

Walnut, English

Willow, Weeping

Yellowwood, American

Zelkova, Japanese

Ornamental Trees


Ash, Single Leaf

Beech, Tricolor European

Chokecherry, Canada Red


Elm, Camperdown

Euonymous, Pink Lady

Golden Raintree

Hawthorn, Crimson Cloud

Hawthorn, Thornless Cockspur

Hawthorn, Washington

Japanese Tree Lilac

Maple, Amur

Maple, Tatarian

Mulberry, Weeping

Oak, Gambel

Pear, Flowering

Pear, Ussurian

Plum, Princess Kay

Redbud, Eastern

Serviceberry, Shadblow



Conifer Trees


Christmas Tree

Cypress, Arizona

Fir, Douglas

Fir, White

Incense Cedar

Juniper, Utah

Larch, European

Pine, Austrian

Pine, Bristlecone

Pine, Limber

Pine, Pinyon

Pine, Ponderosa

Pine, Scotch

Pine, Southwestern White

Pine, Tanyosho

Redcedar, Eastern

Redwood, Dawn

Spruce, Colorado Blue

Spruce, Norway

Spruce, Serbian

Spruce, White