Landscaping Tips – Best Street Trees For Commercial Properties in Kentucky

Trees can bring a lot to your site, from adding shade and curb appeal to increasing your customer visits. Planting trees on your commercial property adds value, saves on energy costs and makes your property more appealing to visitors, guests and tenants. Beyond their aesthetic value, trees are also a much-needed natural resource, especially here in Kentucky. The need is definitely there, but which ones will work best on your commercial landscape? Here are tips on how to choose the best street trees. What makes one the ideal street tree? Two of the most important factors are the tree’s durability and cost. A tree that’s more suitable for the site conditions and resists pests and diseases will help lower its lifetime costs. The tree’s ability to handle the local climate and conditions also makes it a better option. No matter which trees you choose, remember they should be pruned to have a 7-foot clearance along sidewalks and 12-foot clearance along the street side. Here are a few of our favorite street trees to use on local commercial properties…

Large Street Trees…


Quercus palustris (Pin oak) – Moderate to fairly rapid growth to 50-80 feet tall, 30-40 feet wide. Pin oak is probably used more than any other native Kentucky oak in the landscape. It has an interesting growth habit, with pendulous lower branches, horizontal middle branches, and upright upper branches. Its glossy green summer foliage changes to russet, red or bronze in fall.


Quercus Shumardii (Shumard’s Red Oak) – This deep-rooted tree is drought tolerant and thrives on neglect. It’s also tolerant of pollution from cars and reflected heat from the roadways.


Quercus Bicolor (Swamp White Oak) – Sharing the same benefits as the red oak, it doesn’t need to grow in a swamp — despite its name — although it does tolerate sites with poor drainage. This tree is one of the best to adapt to climate change.


Small Street Trees


Cornaceae (Dogwood Tree) – In spring, this native Kentucky trees grows only to 20 to 30 feet, it explode with white (or sometimes pink or red) bracts centered with small clusters of yellow flowers, shouting that winter is finally over. In summer, their blossoms give way to light green leaves that provide welcome shade. And in autumn, that foliage turns a stunning deep red before falling, leaving a handsome skeleton with alligator skin-like bark in winter.


Syringa Reticulata (Japanese Tree Lilac) – Its smaller growth makes it the perfect tree to plant under power lines. This tree has large, showy blooms, though they aren’t fragrant like the common garden lilac. You also don’t have the pest and disease problems seen with other lilacs: The Japanese Tree Lilac is drought tolerant and virtually pest free. It’s also readily available at nurseries, making it more affordable.


Crataegus Viridis ‘Winter King’ (Hawthorn) – A small native Kentucky tree, provides year-round interest with spring flowers, fall foliage color and winter red berries (which are an important food source for birds during the colder months).

Make your property the one people look forward to driving into with the best street trees. Turn to an experienced company that can make your site a must-see spot. Outer Image can provide commercial landscaping services, including tree care, plant installation and maintenance.

Contact us (859-689-0076) for a free consultation!


Outer Image Staff

About Outer Image Outdoor Services

Outer Image Outdoor Services provides residential and commercial landscaping services to the Northern Kentucky & Greater Cincinnati Area and has more than 20+ years of experience. We provide prompt and thorough service to our customers and treat them like neighbors!
>> Learn More