What’s the best tree for your street?

If you have put in your street tree request for planting this coming winter, then now is good time to start thinking about what kind of street tree would grow well in your street and at the same time contribute to biodiversity in Lewisham.

There are a number of important factors to consider and these include the size of the pavement, how exposed your street is to windy conditions – if you are on top of a hill for instance, and whether your street is Mediterranean in climate.
Some people suffer from hay fever and asthma and the pollen of certain trees can have a localised impact on sufferers. For more information on ways to help reduce risk of exposure to allergic pollen for people living with pollen and respiratory allergy please visit the Allergy UK website.

We have put together a selection of small trees that are suitable for narrow pavements in Lewisham, will thrive in our changing climate but still have lovely colour, blossom or particular interest:

  • Tamarix Tetrandra (pictured above)
  • Syringa reticulata Ivory Silk (single stem)- lilac
  • Cercis siliquastrum – Judas tree pink
  • Cercis siliquastrum Alba – white Judas tree 
  • Alnus incana Aurea (medium/large)- Alder 
  • Acer campestre – Field Maple
  • Magnolia kobus- Magnolia
  • Magnolia Susan 
  • Ligustrum lucidum Variegata – Chinese Privet 
  • Ligustrum japonicum – Japanese Privet Tree
  • Koelreuteria paniculata (medium/large)- Golden Rain Tree. 
  • Gleditsia triacanthos Skyline (medium/large)- Honey Locust
  • Cotoneaster Cornubia 
  • Prunus Padus Alberti – bird cherry
  • Populus tremulous Erecta – poplar 
  • Photinia x Fraseri Red Robin 
More information on selecting street trees is available on our website. Please note that we are always updating our species page as we get recommendations from Paul Wood, who is a street tree expert and our patron. You can find out more about his entertaining and knowledgeable books about street trees here.

Street tree species preferences need to be submitted to us by the end of June. Our area reps will be in contact with you before that time for advice and guidance.


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