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Plant Species

The City of Milwaukee lives up to its "Tree City USA" status with more than 200,000 trees and 121.8 miles of boulevards. Below is a list of trees, shrubs, grasses and flowers that haven been successfully grown in the Milwaukee area and are managed by the Department of Public Works' Forestry Division.

Ornamental Trees
  • Acer campestre (Hedge Maple)
  • Acer freemanii 'Autumn Blaze' (Autumn Blaze Maple)
  • Acer freemanii 'Celebration' (Celebration Maple)
  • Acer ginnala (Amur Maple)
  • Acer miyabei (Miyabe Maple)
  • Acer platanoides (Norway Maple)
  • Acer saccharum (Sugar Maple)
  • Acer truncatum (Shantung Maple)
  • Amelanchier canadensis (Shadblow Serviceberry)
  • Carpinus betulus 'Fastigiata' (Fastigiate European Hornbeam)
  • Cercis canadensis (Eastern Redbud)
  • Crataegus crusgalli inermis (Thornless Cockspur Hawthorn)
  • Crataegus phaenopyrum 'Ohio Pioneer' (Thornless Washington Hawthorn)
  • Ginkgo biloba (Maidenhair Tree - Male only)
  • Malus species (Flowering Crabapple)
  • Prunus species (Cherry)
  • Pyrus calleryana 'Aristocrat' (Aristocrat Pear)
  • Pyrus calleryana 'Autumn Blaze' (Autumn Blaze Pear)
  • Pyrus calleryana 'Redspire' (Redspire Pear)
  • Quercus bicolor (Swamp White Oak)
  • Quercus imbricaria (Shingle Oak)
  • Quercus macrocarpa (Bur Oak)
  • Quercus robur (English Oak)
  • Syringa reticulata (Japanese Tree Lilac)
  • Taxodium distichum (Common Baldcypress)
Evergreen Trees
  • Picea species (Dwarf Spruce)
  • Upright Juniperus species (Dwarf Juniper)
  • Upright Thuja occidentalis species (Dwarf Northern Whitecedar)
Shade Trees
  • Acer freemanii (Maple)
  • Alnus glutinosa (European Alder)
  • Celtis occidentalis (Common Hackberry)
  • Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis (Thornless Common Honeylocust)
  • Gymnocladus dioicus 'Expresso' (Kentucky Coffee Tree)
  • Maackia amurensis (Amur Maackia)
  • Metasequoia glyptostroboides (Dawn Redwood)
  • Phelleodendron amurense (Amur Corktree)
  • Pyrus calleryana (Pear)
  • Querus species (Oak)
  • Taxodium distichum (Common Baldcypress)
  • Tilia americana (American Linden, Basswood)
  • Tilia cordata (Littleleaf Linden)
  • Tilia tomentosa (Silver Linden)
  • Ulmus carpinifolia 'Accolade' (Accolade Elm)
  • Ulmus pumila (Cathedral Elm)
  • Ulmus japonica (New Horizon Elm)
  • Ulmus specie 'Frontier' (Frontier Elm)
  • Ulmus specie 'Homestead' (Pioneer Elm)
  • Ulmus specie 'Regal' (Regal Elm)
  • Ulmus wilsoniana 'Prospector' (Prospector Elm)
Shrubs
  • Berberis thunbergii (Japanese Barberry)
  • Buddleia species (Butterfly Bush)
  • Caryopteris species (Blue Mist Spirea)
  • Cornus sericea (Red Osier Dogwood)
  • Cotinus (Smoke Bush)
  • Deutzia species
  • Diervilla species (Bush Honeysuckle)
  • Euonymous species (Spindle)
  • Forsythia species
  • Fothergilla species
  • Hydrangea species
  • Hypericum (St. John's-Wort)
  • Itea species (Sweetspire)
  • Physocarpus species (Ninebark)
  • Potentilla fruticosa (Shrubby Cinquefoil)
  • Prunus cistena (Purpleleaf Sand Cherry)
  • Rhus aromatica (Fragrant Sumac)
  • Rhus typhina (Staghorn Sumac)
  • Rosa species (Hardy Shrub Roses)
  • Salix species (Dwarf Willow)
  • Spirea species (Meadowsweet)
  • Syringa species (Dwarf Lilac)
  • Viburnum species
  • Weigela species
Perennials
  • Achillea species (Yarrow)
  • Aster species (Aster)
  • Coreopsis species (Tickseed)
  • Echinacea species (Coneflower)
  • Gaillardia species (Blanketflower)
  • Geranium sanguineum (Bloody Cranesbill)
  • Hemerocallis species (Daylily)
  • Heuchera species (Alumroot)
  • Hosta cultivars (Hosta)
  • Liatris species (Blazing Star)
  • Nepeta species (Catnip)
  • Paeonia species (Peony)
  • Perovskia species (Russian Sage)
  • Phlox stolonifera (Creeping Phlox)
  • Rudbeckia species (Coneflower)
  • Salvia species (Common Sage)
  • Sedum spectabile (Showy Stonecrop)
  • Solidago species (Goldenrod)
Ornamental Grasses
  • Calamagrostis species (Reed Grass)
  • Miscanthus species
  • Panicum species
  • Pennisetum species

S Howell Av Landscaping

Boulevard landscaping and Brewers gateway sign at 5311 S. Howell Ave., near General Mitchell Field.

94th and Bluemound Landscaping

Boulevard near the corner of 94th Street and Blue Mound Road.

E Newberry Bl Landscaping

Large shade trees line the street on East Newberry Boulevard.

W Wisconsin Av Landscaping

Fall plant species in the Court of Honor on West Wisconsin Avenue between North 9th and 10th streets.

N Water St Landscaping

Tulips in front of the Marcus Center for Performing Arts on North Water Street.

W McKinley Av Landscaping

Flowers and shrubs in the median of West McKinley Avenue.

W Layton St Landscaping

A recently finished flower bed on West Layton Street near 20th Street.

Kilbourn Av Landscaping

Kilbourn Avenue Streetscaping near Prospect Avenue and Lake Michigan.

Courthouse Landscaping

Daffodils in front of the Milwaukee County Courthouse.