What trees will not be approved for the right of way?

The following list of trees are not approved:

SpeciesVarietyReason for Not Being Approved
AshEuropean (Fraxinus excelsior ‘Kimberly Blue’)Problems with grafted stock. Short lived.
BirchWeeping or white (Betula papyrifera, Betula pendula)Does not tolerate summer heat. Susceptible to Bronze Birch Borers.
Box Elder(Acer negundo)Shallow root system, soft and brittle wood, short lived, subject to wind break age which can be damaging to property.
CottonwoodsPoplars, Willows (Salix genus)Very brittle wood. Shallow root systems will heave sidewalks and invade sewer lines and foundations. Aphids feed vigorously on foliage.
Elms(Ulmus species)Susceptible to Dutch Elm Disease, and a variety of other insects and diseases. A very high maintenance tree that must be sprayed two to three times a year for elm leaf beetle control.
HoneylocustThorned (Gleditsia triancanthos)Large, thorny branches are hazardous. Messy seed pods.
LocustBlack (Robinia pseudoacacia)Extremely susceptible to locust borer attack, presently a major problem in our area. Subject to wind damage due to shallow root system and weak branches. Branches have prickly spines.
MapleRed (Acer rubrum)Soft, brittle wood and shallow root system. Very susceptible to cottony scale and aphid attack. Some varieties within this species may be allowable. Does not do well in full sun.
MapleSilver (Acer saccharinum)Soft, brittle wood subject to breakage. Shallow roots can be damaging to sidewalks and foundations. Very susceptible to scale and aphids.
Sycamore(Platanus occidentalis)Susceptible to anthracnose. Constantly dropping leaves, twigs, and fruit are a problem. Requires frequent pruning.
Tuliptree(Liriodendron tulipifera)Very susceptible to leaf scorch. Brittle wood and aphids are a problem.
WalnutBlack (Juglans nigra)Heavy infestations of aphids causes an unpleasant ‘honeydew’ drip. Large, acidic nut can be a problem. The leaves, fruit, and roots of this genus can be toxic to nearby plants.

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1. What is the definition of a public right of way?
2. When was the Right of Way Program developed?
3. Why do I need a permit to plant or remove a tree in the public right of way?
4. Does the City of Nampa Forestry Division prune the trees in the right of way or is that the property owner’s responsibility?
5. My street tree has a broken branch, who do I call?
6. What is a right of way tree?
7. How do I get my right of way tree trimmed?
8. Do you trim private trees?
9. Does the City of Nampa Forestry Division trim around wires?
10. What can be done about tree limbs from my neighbor’s property overhanging my property?
11. My tree on private property has an insect/disease problem. Can the city forester look at it?
12. What type or types of trees can I plant on the city right-of-way in front of my house?
13. What trees will not be approved for the right of way?
14. For the Christmas Tree Recycling Program, do you recycle wreaths?
15. Can I attach signs, bird/ squirrel feeders, swings, holiday lights, etc. to public, street trees?