The City Arborist designed a master street tree list for the City of Bowling Green based on recommendations from Public Works Department staff, ODNR Division of Forestry, OSU Wood County Extension, local nurseries, and other communities in Northwest Ohio. Our street tree list includes trees that are compatible for our city parks. We must have a minimum tree lawn width of four feet to plant a small tree (Height: 20-25 feet), six feet for medium tree (Height: 30-40 feet), and eight feet for large tree (Height: 40 feet & Over). The tree lawn is defined as the city right-of-way green space between the curb and sidewalk. Tree selection is based on soil type and drainage, visibility for traffic, infrastructure in tree lawn, absence of messy or noxious fruits, insect and disease resistance, hardiness for the region, and height at maturity click here for the Master Street Tree List.
Street Trees for new subdivisions are tree species that tolerate disturbed soils. Disturbed soils are poorly drained due to compaction by construction equipment. Top soil is removed during the construction and a thin layer is added to the compacted subsoil. Wood County and Bowling Green area contain Hoytville Clay soils that are high pH and alkaline. This limits the tree species that grow in the soil due to pH factor. Acid loving tree species will struggle and be under stress in high pH soils. For example, red maple varieties (Red Sunset & October Glory) will have chlorotic (Yellowing of leaves) look due manganese and zinc deficiency from high pH soils.
Large growing trees (Height: 30 feet & Over) cause power outages with limbs touching wires and during extreme weather events. Large trees must be pruned every 3-5 years by ANSI 300 Standard for Utility Pruning of Trees for line clearance. City Ordinance for trees state we must plant small growing trees (Height: 20-25 feet) that will not interfere with the wires. Click here for trees to plant under power lines.