blue beech tree use in street boulevards

Asked January 27, 2017, 11:12 AM EST

Are blue beech trees suitable for planting on a street boulevard? We are putting in some new houses on in fill lots in Saint Paul Minnesota, along an existing city street.. Because there are power poles on the boulevard, we want to plant trees that won't grow too tall too fast and get into the wires. If this tree isn't well suited for this application, can you recommend another tree, preferably native, that will work in this application? Thanks.

Ramsey County Minnesota beech tree horticulture

1 Response

Carpinus caroliniana (bluebeech or Musclewood) is a MN native that grows 20-30 feet tall. It is highly tolerant of and adaptable to difficult city conditions and will grown well in shade. It has red fall foliage.

http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/landscaping/best-plants-for-tough-sites/docs/08464-boulevard-small-trees.pdf

http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/trees-shrubs/blue-beech/index.html