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    City of New Haven Parks - Trees

    | Reporting Problem Trees | Tree Replacement and Planting | List of Recommended Trees |

    Reporting Problem Trees

    The City of New Haven has 32,000 street trees city-wide. The New Haven Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees maintains tree maintenance crews year round. Please read the information below when regarding tree problems and recommended tree types for planting on city streets.

    The process for reporting problem or dead trees:
    1. TreesEnter the complaint on See, Click, Fix or call the Tree Line: 203-946-8004
    2. The complaint will be inspected by the New Haven City Arborist as resources and time allow.
    3. The result of that inspection will be communicated through See, Click, Fix.
    4. The recommended action on the complaint will be assigned to tree services for completion as time and resources allow.

    Priority Factors taken into account during the inspection process are:

    1. Site analysis where potential targets are identified such as Pedestrians, Public or private property, vehicles, etc.
    2. Tree Defects such as: Hanging branches (Hangers), Dead Branches, Wood Decay, Hollow Cavities, Dead or Loose Bark, Cracks or Splits, Leaning Trees, and Mushrooms or other fruiting bodies growing on the Tree or roots.
    3. Species Characteristics such as: Susceptibility to wood decay, Branch failures, Weak wood, insects, Etc.

    Once this has been determined, recommendations for Removal or trimming will be considered.


    Tree Removal is a 3-step process:

    Tree removal
    1) Removal of the Tree

    Removal of debris
    2) Removal of wood and debris

    Stump grinding
    3) Removal of Tree stump.

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    Street Tree Replacement and Planting

    Homeowners interested in obtaining replacement or new street trees for the tree belt in front of their homes should contact the Urban Resources Initiative (URI). This Yale University-based program handles this effort under contract for the New Haven Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees and builds stewardship for New Haven's urban forest. Call URI for information on how to get a new tree for the front of your house or any neighboring tree belt. The trees are planted for free as long as the requester commits to watering the tree after it is planted.

    To request a street tree for planting by URI:
    1. Go to the Tree Online Form: City's Tree Request Form
    2. Or, if phone is easier, contact:
         Margaret Carmalt or Anna Pickett
         Urban Resources Initiative phone: 203-432-6189
         Email: uri@yale.edu
         Website: www.yale.edu/uri

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    List of Recommended Trees

    The City of New Haven Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees recommends the following list of trees for planting on City streets.

    Common Name Latin Name Characteristics
    Hardy Rubber Tree Eucommia ulmoides Handsome disease-free tree
    Hophornbeam Oystra virginiana Not good with some urban stress, good succession tree
    Hornbeam, European Carpinus betulus Muscle-like bark
    Maple, Trident Acer buergeranum Medium-sized maple
    Pagoda Tree Styphnolobium japonica Smaller tree with green stems, summer flowers
    Zelkova Zelkova serrata Elm like leaves, short upright form, can be used under high power lines
    Black Gum Nyssa sylvatica Great fall color needs moist, well-drained soil
    Coffee Tree Gymnocladus dioicus Seed pods messy but can be useful (coffee)
    Elm, American Ulmus americana Select disease resistant cultivars or hybrids
    Elm, Lacebark Ulmus parvifolia Handsome and shorter in stature than American Elm, disease resistant
    Ginkgo Ginkgo biloba Open canopy; interesting leaf; select male species only
    Goldenrain Tree Koelreuteria paniculata Summer flowers, interesting seed pods, can be used under high power lines
    Green Ash Fraxinus pennsylvanica Green Ash is messier but more tolerant of urban stress
    Hackberry Celtis laevigata Great for habitat and interesting bark. Lleaf disease can be unattractive
    Honeylocust Gleditsia triacanthos Small leaves, withstands heavy pruning (can be used under high power lines)
    Horse Chestnut Aesculus hippocastanum Large flowering tree, leaf disease common. Baumannii variety is seedless and good for streets
    Katsura Tree Cercidiphyllum japonicum Prefers moist soils
    Linden Tilia Flowers good for the production of honey
    Linden, American Tilia americana Flowers good for the production of honey
    Magnolia Magnolia species Great flowers
    Maple, Red Acer rubrum Great fall color; upright forms available
    Maple, Sugar Acer saccharum Good for habitat. Sensitive to salt
    Oak, Scarlet Quercus coccinea More sensitive to urban conditions than pin and red oaks, but still a good candidate for street trees
    Oak, Pin Quercus palustris Widely planted and one of the most common oaks
    Oak, Red Quercus rubra Tolerant of pollution and is a great street tree
    Oak, Shumard Quercus shumardii Leaf shape similar to pin and scarlet oak
    Oak, English Quercus robur English oak has a fastigiate varaiety.
    Oak, White Quercus alba Acorns are valuable food for wildlife.
    Oak, Swamp White Quercus bicolor Naturally occurs in moist bottomlands. More tolerant of urban conditions than white oak
    Oak, Shingle Quercus imbricaria Old leaves persist through winter.
    Oak, Bur Quercus macrocarpa Bark is deeply ridged-and-furrowed. Acorn cap is fringed. Tolerant of urban conditions
    Oak, Willow Quercus phellos Fine texture and makes a good street tree.
    Oak, Chestnut Quercus prinus Acorns are valuable food for wildlife.
    Sourwood Oxydendron arboreum Summer flowers
    Stewartia, Japanese Stewartia pseudocamellia Flaky colorful bark with showy flowers
    Sweetgum Liquidambar styraciflua Nice foliage; interesting fruit
    Tulip Tree Liriodendron tulipifera Pretty tulip-shaped flowers and leaves
    Yellowwood Cladrastis kentukea Good flowers, weak wood
    Turkish Filbert Corylus colurna Excellent street tree with dark green foliage
    Amur maackia Maackia amurensis Fixes nitrogen, interesting bark
    Cherry Species Prunus Prefers full sun. Species often available at nurseries are: Spire cherry, Sargent cherry, Kwanzan cherry, Yoshino cherry, Okame cherry, Bird cherry, Autumn cherry
    Crabapple Species Malus species Profuse flowers, some have ornamental fruit
    Dogwood, Kousa Cornus kousa Other types of dogwood are not recommended
    Hawthorn Crataegus Fruit can be attractive, thorns on some trees (cruzgalli, phaenopyrum)
    Hornbeam, American Carpinus caroliniana Muscle-like bark
    Lilac Tree Syringa reticulata Only white flowers available
    Maple, Hedge Acer campestre Small maple
    Plum, Purpleleaf Prunus cerasifera Thunderleaf Red foliage, scale major problem
    Redbud, Eastern Cercis canadensis Not drought tolerant
    Serviceberry Amelanchier Good understory tree (laevis, canadensis)

    For a complete list download the latest PDF: PDF iconNewHavenStreetTreeChart_2012.pdf

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