Planting native or naturalized trees and
grass allows a balanced habitat to be maintained
for wildlife, adds aesthetic value to neighborhoods
and could decrease the amount of time spent on
yard maintenance. This native vegetation, plants and trees also act as filters for pollutants that can be found in our City's runoff water.
When choosing which kind of native or naturalized tree to plant, it is best to keep in mind where your property intersects with public rights-of-way and above ground power lines. Kansas City Power & Light has created an in-depth guide on trees to plant and those to avoid.
Below is a brief list trees and grass that are optimal for our climate. For a more extensive list, please visit grownative.org.
Native and Naturalized Plants
Shantung Maple (pictured above) is adaptable to drought conditions and is
suitable for a small area.
Little Bluestem (pictured above) has moderate drought tolerance and grows well
in a variety of soil types.