Street Trees

Street trees are trees on public property, generally in the space about 11 feet back from the curb.

Overland Park’s parks services and forestry staff will assist with the full removal of dead street trees in the right of way and storm debris cleanup for trees in the right of way.

Staff will trim a tree if it poses an immediate threat to the right of way.

Property Maintenance Complaints

Adjacent property owners are responsible for trimming deadwood and providing clearance over the street and sidewalk. This area should be eight feet over the sidewalk and 12.6 feet over the street.

When complaints are filed about right of way trees, the city forester will notify the property owner of a violation and give them 30 days to complete the necessary work.

If the work is not completed in that time, community services will open a property maintenance case. If the issue continues, the city may hire a contractor to trim the trees, and the cost will be assessed to the property owner.

OPCares: Street Trees

Planting or Removing Right of Way Trees

Removing a tree from the right of way is prohibited unless authorized by the city forester.

Forestry crews encourage planting trees from the approved list of species in the right of way.

Be sure to call 811 or visit Kansas One Call to request utility locates before you dig.

Street Tree Map

In 2005, the Legacy of Greenery Committee created an inventory of all the city’s street trees.  For eight years, volunteers collected information about each tree’s species and size. This information helps the city forester and parks crews manage Overland Park’s forest.

Use the map to search your address or browse around to see what species are most predominant in your neighborhood.

Approved Street Trees

Before you plant a tree, make sure it is included in the list below. If your tree is not on this list, contact the city forester for approval before planting.

Trident Maple

Botanical Name: Acer buergeranum

Height in feet: 35

Spread in feet: 25

Characteristics: Oval shape, yellow/red/orange fall color

Hedge Maple

Botanical Name: Acer campestre

Height in feet: 35

Spread in feet: 30

Characteristics: Dense and low branching if not pruned

Notes: Very tolerant of soil

Amur Maple

Botanical Name: Acer ginnala

Height in feet: 15

Spread in feet: 15

Characteristics: Rounded, red fall color

Notes: Usually multi-trunk, can scorch in heat

Paperbark Maple

Botanical Name: Acer griseum

Height in feet: 25

Spread in feet: 20

Characteristics: Upright oval, bright red/oreange fall color, brown exfoliating bark

Notes: Slow growing, not drought-tolerant

Miyabe Maple

Botanical Name: Acer miyabei

Height in feet: 40

Spread in feet: 25

Characteristics: Yellow fall color

Popular cultivars: State Street

Sugar Maple

Botanical Name: Acer saccarum

Height in feet: 30

Spread in feet: 30

Characteristics: Glossy leaves, red fall color

Popular cultivars: Caddo, John Pair

Sugar Maple

Botanical Name: Acer saccarum

Height in feet: 50

Spread in feet: 35

Characteristics: Oval/round shape, yellow orange fall color

Popular cultivars: Green Mountain, Legacy, Commemoration

Tatarian Maple

Botanical Name: Acer tataricum

Height in feet: 20

Spread in feet: 20

Characteristics: Rounded shape, yellow fall color

Popular cultivars: Hotwings

Shantung Maple

Botanical Name: Acer truncatum

Height in feet: 20

Spread in feet: 15

Characteristics: Rounded crown with yellow orange fall color

Notes: Tolerant of heat and drought, great small tree

Norwegian/Pacific Sunset Maple

Botanical Name: Acer truncatum x platanoides

Height in feet: 25

Spread in feet: 20

Characteristics: Upright oval shape, dark foliage with yellow/red fall color

Popular cultivars: Warrenred, Keithsform

Notes: Tolerant of heat and drought

Serviceberry

Botanical Name: Amelanchier x grandiflora

Height in feet: 25

Spread in feet: 15

Characteristics: Oval or rounded shape, usually multi-stem

Popular cultivars: Autumn Brilliance, Princess Diana

Notes: Can sucker from base

Redbud/Whitebud

Botanical Name: Cercis canadensis

Height in feet: 25

Spread in feet: 30

Characteristics: Small rounded shape, pink flowers in spring, yellow fall color

Notes: Difficult to prune for clearance

Turkish Filbert

Botanical Name: Corylus colurna

Height in feet: 45

Spread in feet: 30

Characteristics: Pyramidal, yellow fall color

Notes: Needs large space

Ginkgo

Botanical Name: Ginkgo biloba

Height in feet: 40

Spread in feet: 15

Characteristics: Upright and narrow shape, fan-shaped leaves

Popular cultivars: Princeton Sentry

Notes: Very slow grower, can scorch in heat but otherwise drought tolerant

Ginkgo

Botanical Name: Ginkgo biloba

Height in feet: 45

Spread in feet: 35

Characteristics: Pyramidal shape, fan-shaped leaves, bold yellow fall color

Popular cultivars: Autumn Gold

Notes: Very slow grower

Thornless Honeylocust

Botanical Name: Gleditsia triacanthos inermis

Height in feet: 60

Spread in feet: 40

Characteristics: Broadly rounded, small leaflets, yellow fall color

Popular cultivars: Imperial

Notes: Essentially fruitless

Kentucky Coffeetree

Botanical Name: Gymnocladus dioicus

Height in feet: 60

Spread in feet: 40

Characteristics: Oval to vase-shaped, yellow fall color

Popular cultivars: Espresso

Notes: Espresso is fruitless cultivar, very tough in drought

Goldenrain Tree

Botanical Name: Koelreuteria paniculata

Height in feet: 30

Spread in feet: 30

Characteristics: Irregular round shape, yellow flowers in spring, interesting seed pods

Notes: Seedlings can be prolific

Crabapple

Botanical Name: Malus spp.

Height in feet: 20

Spread in feet: 15

Characteristics: Upright or pyramidal, various colors of bloom and fall color

Popular cultivars: Royal Raindrop, Adirondack, Velvet Pillar

Notes: Many cultivars on market, choose for disease resistance, bloom color and size/shape. Can sucker from base

Dawn Redwood

Botanical Name: Metasequoia glyptostroboides

Height in feet: 80

Spread in feet: 25

Characteristics: Pyramidal; deciduous conifer; red brown fall color

Notes: Needs large space

Black Gum

Botanical Name: Nyssa sylvatica

Height in feet: 45

Spread in feet: 25

Characteristics: Oval; brilliant red/orange fall color

Notes: Prefers well-drained acid soil

London Planetree

Botanical Name: Platanus x acerifolia

Height in feet: 50

Spread in feet: 45

Characteristics: Attractive exfoliating bark, yellow fall color

Popular cultivars: Bloodgood, Exclamation

Notes: These cultivars are anthracnos tolerant, needs large space

Sawtooth Oak

Botanical Name: Quercus acutissimma

Height in feet: 50

Spread in feet: 50

Characteristics: Pyramidal; lustrous leaves with golden fall color; fast growing in youth

Notes: Adaptable to many soil conditions

White Oak

Botanical Name: Quercus alba

Height in feet: 60

Spread in feet: 50

Characteristics: Rounded, red fall color

Notes: Difficult to establish

Swamp White Oak

Botanical Name: Quercus bicolor

Height in feet: 50

Spread in feet: 50

Characteristics: Broad, rounded, interesting bark, yellow fall color

Notes: Great drought tolerance

Scarlet Oak

Botanical Name: Quercus coccinea

Height in feet: 70

Spread in feet: 45

Characteristics: Rounded, fast growing, glossy green leaves with scarlet fall color

Notes: Tolerant of many soil conditions

Shingle Oak

Botanical Name: Quercus imbricaria

Height in feet: 50

Spread in feet: 40

Characteristics: Broad, rounded, russet yellow fall color

Bur Oak

Botanical Name: Quercus macrocarpa

Height in feet: 60

Spread in feet: 60

Characteristics: Broadly rounded, yellow-green fall color

Chinkapin Oak

Botanical Name: Quercus muehlenbergii

Height in feet: 50

Spread in feet: 45

Characteristics: Round, leaves yellow to russet orange fall color

Willow Oak

Botanical Name: Quercus phellos

Height in feet: 50

Spread in feet: 35

Characteristics: Pyramidal, bright green foliage with russet red fall color

Notes: Can tolerate poorly drained soils

English Oak

Botanical Name: Quercus robur

Height in feet: 55

Spread in feet: 50

Characteristics: Broadly round, no fall color

Notes: Acorns are long and slender, columnar cultivars are available

Northern Red Oak

Botanical Name: Quercus rubra

Height in feet: 65

Spread in feet: 45

Characteristics: Rounded, fast growing, red fall color

Notes: Tolerant of pollution and compacted soil

Shumard Oak

Botanical Name: Quercus shumardii

Height in feet: 50

Spread in feet: 40

Characteristics: Oval round, leaves russet red fall color

 

China Snow Lilac

Botanical Name: Syringa pekinensis

Height in feet: 15

Spread in feet: 15

Characteristics: Upright, yellow fall color with white flowers in late spring

Popular cultivars: Morton

Notes: Tree form lilac, can sucker at base

Japanese Lilac

Botanical Name: Syringa reticulata

Height in feet: 25

Spread in feet: 20

Characteristics: Rounded vase, no fall color but white flowers in late summer

Popular cultivars: Ivory Silk

Notes: Tree form lilac, can sucker at base

 

Baldcypress

Botanical Name: Taxodium distichum

Height in feet: 70

Spread in feet: 25

Characteristics: Pyramidal spade, deciduous conifer, red/orange fall color

Notes: Adaptable to wet or dry sites

 

American Linden

Botanical Name: Tilia americana

Height in feet: 45

Spread in feet: 30

Characteristics: Symmetrically pyramidal, pale yellow fall color, fragrant flowers in spring

Popular cultivars: American Sentry, Continental Appeal, Legend

Notes: Prune for clearance and strong branch attachment

 

Silver Linden

Botanical Name: Tilia tomentosa

Height in feet: 50

Spread in feet: 30

Characteristics: Upright oval, green leaves with silver underside, leaves turn yellow in fall, yellow flowers in spring

Popular cultivars: Sterling silver

Notes: Large root system

 

Silver Linden

Botanical Name: Tilia tomentosa

Height in feet: 60

Spread in feet: 50

Characteristics: Broadly oval, dark green leaves with silver underside, yellow fall color

Popular cultivars: Green Mountain

Notes: Large root system

 

American Elm

Botanical Name: Ulmus americana

Height in feet: 60

Spread in feet: 55

Characteristics: Majestic vase-shaped shade tree, yellow fall color

Popular cultivars: Princeton, Valley Forge, New Harmony

Notes: Choose a Dutch Elm Disease-resistant cultivar

Alle Lacebark Elm

Botanical Name: Ulmus parvifolia

Height in feet: 45

Spread in feet: 40

Characteristics: Upright, resembles American Elm, mottled bark

Popular cultivars: Emer II

Notes: Dutch Elm Disease-resistant

Prospector Elm

Botanical Name: Ulmus wilsoniana

Height in feet: 45

Spread in feet: 30

Characteristics: Vase-shaped, yellow fall color

Popular cultivars: Prospector

Notes: Dutch Elm Disease-resistant

Elm Hybrids

Botanical Name: Ulmus X

Height in feet: 50

Spread in feet: 40

Characteristics: Varies by cultivars but typically upright vase-shaped

Popular cultivars: Accolade, Frontier, Patriot, Triumph, Emerald Sunshine

Notes: Great drought tolerance

Columnar Zelkova

Botanical Name: Zelkova serrata

Height in feet: 45

Spread in feet: 15

Characteristics: Tight pyramidal, yellow/orange fall color

Popular cultivars: Musashino

Notes: Adaptable to many different soils

Japanese Zelkova

Botanical Name: Zelkova serrata

Height in feet: 50

Spread in feet: 45

Characteristics: Upright rounded vase, fast-growing, red fall color

Popular cultivars: Village Green, Green Vase