I heard from a Commissioner that Traverse City had an "approved trees list" on the City web site.
I think I finally found it in a 2009 appendix to zoning map changes.
The following text comes from the source PDF except I have changed to formatting to make it easier to read which includes taking out the scientific names:
The following is a partial list of plant materials which is preferred to exotic plants when the location is visible from public rights-of-way or adjacent to areas of natural vegetation. This list is not necessarily a guideline for interior courtyards and single family residential development.
WET TO MEDIUM MOISTURE SITES:
American Cranberry Bush
DRY, SANDY SITES:
Eastern Red Cedar
New Jersey Tea.