Approved Tree Species Selection List

The City Approved Street Tree Species List includes more than 70 different species. Many of the selections are trees native to Northern Illinois or improved cultivars bred to handle the tough site conditions and compacted soils found along our urban parkways.

City of Aurora Approved Street Tree Species

Below are some of the tree selections:
  • State Street® Miyabe Maple, Acer miyabei ‘Morton' - Miyabe Maple grows 30 feet to 40 feet tall and has a 20 feet to 30 feet spread, with a uniformly broad pyramidal growth habit. Fall color is pale yellow but very short in duration. Miyabe Maple adapts to a variety of soil types and site conditions. It is also very tolerant of drought, heat, salt, and pollution.
  • Kentucky Coffeetree, Gymnocladus dioicus (Native) - A young Kentucky Coffeetree starts off with an irregular, open-branching structure but ultimately becomes one of our most picturesque specimens; growing 60 feet to 75 feet tall and 40 feet to 50 feet wide. Kentucky Coffeetree is one of the last trees to leaf out in the spring. The foliage is blue-green, turning to yellow in the fall. Kentucky Coffeetree is adaptable to a wide range of city conditions.
    • Selected by the Society of Municipal Arborists as 2006 Urban Tree of the Year*
  • Bur Oak, Quercus macrocarpa (Native) - Bur Oak is the preeminent tree of Midwestern savannas; it can survive floods, droughts, and even prairie fires, making it one the most urban-tolerant trees. The Bur Oak develops into a majestic, rugged-looking tree that ultimately grows 70 feet or greater in height and equally wide. Leaves are often lustrous dark green in summer while fall color is dull yellow to yellow-brown.
    • 2001 Urban Tree of the Year*
  • Chinkapin Oak, Quercus muehlenbergii (Native) - Chinkapin Oaks grow to become 40 feet to 60 feet tall and equally wide, developing a wide, open crown. Leaves have serrated edges like those of a chestnut tree, yellowish-green color during summer, and yellowish-brown color during the fall. Chinkapin Oaks are well adapted to our alkaline soils and become one of our most beautiful shade trees.
    • 2009 Urban Tree of the Year*
  • Bald cypress, Taxodium distichum ‘Shawnee Brave' (Native) - The Bald cypress is actually a deciduous conifer, meaning it is a cone-bearing tree that loses its leaves in winter. The cultivar ‘Shawnee Brave' develops into a narrow, pyramidal-shaped tree. Bald cypresses grow unique, feathery green foliage that turns coppery-bronze in the fall. Once established, the Bald cypress requires very little care.
    • 2007 Urban Tree of the Year*
  • Accolade™ Elm Ulmus ‘Morton' - A Dutch elm disease-resistant hybrid with a graceful, vase-shaped habit and vigorous growth. graceful, upright arching branches, reminiscent of the American elm. 20-year size: 30 feet tall by 15 feet wide Mature size: 50 feet to 60 feet tall by 30 feet to 40 feet wide. Excellent disease and insect resistance. Resistant to Dutch elm disease and elm yellows, two catastrophic diseases of elms. Excellent resistance to elm leaf beetle.
    • 2012 Urban Tree of the Year*
* The Society of Municipal Arborists conducts an Urban Tree of the Year competition to illustrate the importance of selecting the right tree for a planting site. The intent of this annual selection process is not to indicate that this tree is the perfect tree that can grow anywhere, but is to make municipal arborists aware of this tree and they should use it if a suitable site exists.