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16 Less Common Trees for Utah Landscapes

Heidi Kratsch, Utah State University
Michael Kuhns, Utah State University Extension


Utah towns and cities are fairly harsh places to grow trees, leading people to think that only a few tough species can be grown here. This attitude seems to lead to the over-planting of a fairly narrow selection of low- to medium-quality trees – a handful of maples, too many cottonwoods and willows, Siberian elm, etc. Yet there are many tree species that have proven themselves in Utah’s urban environments, but that are little known.