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Boulevard Tree Planting Criteria


1100 Hamline Ave N
Saint Paul, MN 55108

Ph: 651-632-5129
Fx: 651-642-0525

7 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
The following criteria are followed as closely as possible by Forestry staff when determining tree placement:
  • Large, medium, and small trees will not be planted closer than 40, 30 and 20 feet from each other, respectively, unless the shape of the tree warrants a deviation in spacing. If trees on private or public property are growing too close to a potential planting site that such that they hinder the development of a new tree, then no new trees will be planted.
  • When planting beneath overhead wires, a selection of height-appropriate species will be made to minimize interference with those wires and to reduce maintenance needs.  
  • No trees will be placed within 30 feet of a stop sign, traffic sign, or traffic signal, nor within 15 feet of a street light.
  • New trees will not be planted within five feet of an identifiable underground gas utility nor within 10 feet of an underground water utility.
  • New trees will not be placed within 10 feet of a fire hydrant, driveway, or utility pole.
  • When possible, new trees will be planted near old stumps that have not yet been removed; however, due to the possibility of an extensive system of roots nearby, this is not always possible, and planting decisions are left to the discretion of Saint Paul Forestry.
  • No tree will be planted on a street that does not yet have street curbs. When Saint Paul Public Works installs curbs, tree roots can be damaged, and therefore, Forestry waits to plant the area until curbs are installed.

For additional planting criteria, refer to the Street Tree Master Plan selection criteria.
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