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Information about trees in the City of Albuquerque

Suggested Tree Species List for Planting in Albuquerque

The Parks and Recreation City Forester has listed trees that are appropriate for planting in Albuquerque and the surrounding area. This list is not intended to serve as a regulation for what trees may be planted, but just as a reference for residents as to which species will do the best in our arid climate.

Tree species should be selected on several criteria, including: regional adaptability; non-invasiveness; street or landscape appeal; family and species diversity.

—  < 30% from any one family;

—  < 20% from any one genus;

—  < 10% from any one species.

FamilySpecies Size
Aceracea Big tooth maple (Acer grandidentatum) Medium
Aceracea Box elder (Acer negundo) Medium
Anacardiacea Chinese pistache (Pistacia chinensis) Medium
Anacardiacea Purple smoke tree (Cotinus coggygria) Small
Caprifoliaceae Mexican elder (Sambucus mexicana) Small
Cupressaceae Incense cedar (Calocedrus decurrens) Large
Eleagnaceae Silverthorn (Eleagnus pungens) Small
Fabaceae Black locust (Robinia psuedoacacia) Large
Fabaceae Honey locust (Gledistsia triacanthos) Large
Fabaceae Japanese pagoda Tree (Sophora japonica) Large
Fabaceae Kentucky coffee tree (Gymnocladus dioica) Medium
Fabaceae Oklahoma redbud (Cercis reniformis) Small
Fagacea Bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa) Medium-Large
Fagacea Chinquapin oak (Quercus muelenbergii) Medium-Large
Fagacea Texas red oak (Quercus texana or buckleyii) Medium-Large
Ginkoaceae Ginko (Ginko biloba) Large
Juglandaceae Arizona walnut (Juglans major) Medium
Juglandaceae English walnut (Juglans regia)
Medium
Juglandaceae Pecan (Carya illinoensis) Large
Lythraceae Crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) Small
Oleacea Arizona ash (Fraxinus velutina) Medium
Oleacea Raywood ash (Fraxinus angustifolia) Medium
Pinaceae Blue Atlas cedar (Cedrus atlantica) Large
Pinaceae Deodar cedar (Cedrus deodara) Large
Pinaceae Austrian black pine (Pinus nigra) Medium
Pinaceae Italian stone pine (Pinus pinea) Medium-Large
Pinaceae Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) Large
Plantanacea Arizona sycamore (Platanus wrightii) Large
Plantanacea London plane tree
Rosaceae Serviceberry (Amelanchier utahensis) Small
Rosaceae Apricot (Prunus spp) Small
Rosaceae Mountain ash (Sorbus spp.)
Medium
Rosaceae Purple leaf plum (Prunus cerasifera) Small
Rosaceae Wild plum (Prunus americana) Small
Salicacea Rio Grande cottonwood (Populus wislizeni) Large
Sapindaceae Golden rain tree (Koelreuteria paniculatta) Small-Medium
Ulmaceae Common hackberry (Celtis occidentalis) Medium
Ulmaceae Lacebark elm (Ulmus parvifolia) Medium
Ulmaceae Netleaf hackberry (Celtis reticulata
Medium
Ulmaceae Zelkova (Zelkova serrata) Medium

 

*This list is not an exhaustive, exclusive list and it will be amended over time.*

You may email the City Forester, Joran Viers, for more information @ [email protected]

Related Resources

New Mexico State Forestry

NMSU Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension Service

Tree New Mexico

Reporting Dead Trees

Please keep this in mind when reporting dead trees:

If the trees are in a median or park, please call 311.

If the trees are on the side of a street, the adjacent business/property owner is responsible.

If the trees are on private property (such as in a yard or fenced-in area), the property owner is responsible.

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