Atlanta's Urban Forest
Atlanta Tree Planting List
The Atlanta Tree Ordinance requires that replacement trees shall be overstory or mid-canopy species unless site conditions do not allow planting of these trees [Sec. 158-103(a)(1)]. When seeking credit against recompense for replacement trees, contact the City Arborist for approval of species not on the Recommended Planting List.
We recommend using trees native to the Piedmont region (which includes Atlanta) wherever possible, particularly in larger yards, public greenspaces, etc. Native trees are adapted to local growing conditions and ecosystems, and often perform best over the long run. The Recommended Planting List also includes many non-native tree species that are adapted well to this area and the stresses of urban environments. Exotic trees that exhibit invasive properties and are known to compete with native species are not included on the list. The best approach for selecting a tree to plant is to evaluate sunlight, soil volume and quality, water sources, and other physical conditions of the site.