In 2009, Gould Evans landscape Architect, Robert Whitman spearheaded a study to determine the best trees for the Kansas City region. As part of the study, Robert asked 17 regional experts to submit preferences for nearly every available tree. He asked arborists, nurserymen, landscape architects and horticulturists to participate in rating each tree in several categories including: cultural adaptability, drought tolerance and overall lifespan.

The individual ratings were then averaged to develop a comprehensive and ordered list of preferred trees for each category. Since that time, the “Great Trees” study has expanded to include an evergreen list, which has also grown in popularity. These lists have been adopted by many landscape professionals as well as municipalities. Feel free to download them as a reference for your own projects.