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P.O. Box 609
118 West Maple Street
Centralia, WA 98531
Phone: 360-330-7662
Fax: 360-330-7673
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday
 

Right Tree, Right Place

Recommended Centralia Tree List

A well placed tree can help conserve energy, provide a visual screen, and provide years of beauty. However, a tree placed in the wrong place can be harmful and potentially expensive! The small tree you plant today will someday grow tall and its roots may be as expansive as the tree's branches. Make sure you select a location with adequate room to grow above and below ground.

A well placed tree will provide your home and neighborhood many benefits for years to come!

  • Reason for planting. Are you planting to shade your house in the summer or to create habitat for birds? Or are you looking to provide some seasonal interest or frame your view? Select the appropriate tree to help you achieve your goal.
  • Tree size at maturity. Many of these trees will get big! Read the Centralia Tree List carefully and envision what the tree will look like in 30+ years before making your selections.
  • Tree shape/form. Small, spreading trees that are multi-stemmed require regular pruning when planted near a sidewalk or road. Upright trees can be better trained to grow over pedestrian and road traffic.
  • Maximize the benefits with a large tree.Larger trees provide to your neighborhood and our environment. Large trees absorb more water, breathe in more carbon dioxide, and breathe out more oxygen than smaller trees.  For these reasons, we recommend planting larger trees whenever appropriate. If you have the space, consider one of our native evergreen conifers which will maximize the benefits to you and your neighborhood.
  • Do not plant a tall tree under overhead power lines! Trees planted under power lines should reach a maximum of approximate 25 feet. If your planting site has overhead power lines, please select a tree from the "under power lines" list (i.e. Cascara, Chinese Fringe Tree, Eastern Redbud, and Southern Magnolia).
  • Evaluate the planting site. Take time to evaluate potential planting sites on your property. The survival and health of a tree depends on how well suited it is to the site. Before choosing your site, consider:
    • Available planting space
    • Overhead and underground utilities
    • Surrounding trees & structures (e.g. your house, driveway, and utility poles)
    • Light (e.g. full sun, part sun, shade?)
    • Surrounding human activity
    • Soils
  • Soil type. What type of soil is present? Is the soil sandy or more clay-like? This will influence drainage, which should influence your tree selection. Is the soil compacted? Compacted soil can lead to poor drainage so you'll need to select a water-loving tree, such as the swamp white oak. You can test your soil's drainage by digging a hole 12 inches deep, filling it with water, and checking back one hour later.


 

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