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City Arborist Tree Planting Program


Arborist_PlantingProgramStreet Tree Replanting

If a City-owned tree is removed from the street in front of your home, the City will replant that tree at no cost to you. All that is required is your commitment to regularly water and care for the tree during its first few years of establishment (Click Here for Maintenance Tips). By participating in this program, you may also designate a species of your choice from the list of Arborist-approved street trees. To browse trees on this list, click on your preferred tree type below (large, medium, or ornamental). If you have received a door hanger notifying you of this program, fill out the attached postcard, remove and mail to the City Arborist. If you have not received a door hanger, contact the City Arborist to find out if you are eligible and how to participate.

703.746.5496 | E-mail 

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The Living Landscape Fund

The Living Landscape Fund is a mechanism for donating trees on public property for the enjoyment and benefit of all. The Living Landscape Fund is often used to plant a tree in memory or in honor of an individual or group, but is also used for philanthropic and ecological reasons. Contributors to the fund may select a species of choice from the hardy tree list and may also request a location for the tree to be planted. All requests are subject to review and approval by the City Arborist. Contributors are asked to regularly water and care for the tree during the first few years of establishment. 


Large Shade Trees

Common Name  Scientific Name    Common Name  Scientific Name 
Elms     Other  
American elm  Ulmus americana    Ginkgo (male)  Ginkgo biloba 
Chinese elm  Ulmus parvifolia    London planetree  Platanus hybrida 
Maples     European beech  Fagus sylvatica 
Red Maple  Acer rubrum    Tulip tree  Liriodendron tulipifera 
Sugar Maple  Acer saccharum    Silver linden Tilia tomentosa 
Oaks     Sweetgum  Liquidambar styraciflua 
Northern red oak  Quercus rubra       
Overcup oak  Quercus lyrata       
Sawtooth oak  Quercus accutissima       
Scarlet oak  Quercus coccinea       
Southern red oak  Quercus falcata       
Swamp white oak  Quercus bicolor       
White oak  Quercus alba       
Willow oak  Quercus phellos       

Medium Shade Trees

Common Name  Scientific Name    Common Name  Scientific Name 
Hornbeams     Other  
European hornbeam Carpinus betulus    English oak  Quercus robur 
American hornbeam  Carpinus caroliniana    Flowering pear  Pyrus calleryana 
Horsechestnuts     Goldenraintree  Koelreuteria paniculata 
Common horsechestnut  Aesculus hippocastanum    Honeylocust  Gleditsia triacanthos 
Red horsechestnut Aesculus x carnea    Scholar-tree  Sophora japonica 
Red Buckeye  Aesculus pavia    Japanese zelkova  Zelkova serrata 
Lindens        
Littleleaf linden  Tilia cordata       
Crimean linden Tilia x euchlora       

Ornamental Trees

Common Name  Scientific Name    Common Name  Scientific Name 
Cherries     Other  
Kwanzan cherry  Prunus serrulata 'Kwanzan'    Carolina silverbell  Halesia tetraptera 
Okame cherry Prunus x incamp 'Okame'   Crabapple  Malus 
Yoshino cherry  Prunus x yedoensis    Crape myrtle  Lagerstroemia indica 
Dogwoods     Eastern redbud  Cercis canadensis 
Flowering dogwood  Cornus florida    Purpleleaf flowering plum  Prunus cerisifera 
Kousa dogwood  Cornus kousa    Shadblow serviceberry  Amelanchier canadensis 
Snowbells     Tree lilac  Syringa reticulata 
Japanese snowbell  Styrax japonicus       
Fragrant snowbell Styrax obassia       

Hardy Tree List

Common Name  Scientific Name    Common Name  Scientific Name 
Cherries     Snowbells  
Kwanzan cherry  Prunus serrulata 'Kwanzan'    Japanese snowbell  Styrax japonicus 
Okame cherry Prunus x incamp 'Okame'    Fragrant snowbell Styrax obassia 
Yoshino cherry  Prunus x yedoensis    Other  
Dogwoods     Baldcypress  Taxodium distichum 
Flowering dogwood  Cornus florida    Carolina silverbell  Halesia tetraptera 
Kousa dogwood  Cornus kousa    Colorado Blue Spruce  Picea pungens var. glauca 
Elms     Crabapple  Malus 
American elm  Ulmus americana    Crape myrtle  Lagerstroemia indica 
Chinese elm  Ulmus parvifolia    Dawn redwood  Metasequoia glyptostroboides 
Hemlocks     Eastern redbud  Cercis canadensis 
Canadian hemlock  Tsuga canadensis    Eastern red cedar  Juniperus virginiana 
Carolina hemlock  Tsuga caroliniana    Eastern white pine  Pinus strobus 
Hollies     European beech  Fagus sylvatica 
American holly  Ilex opaca    Flowering pear  Pyrus calleryana 
Foster #2 Holly  Ilex x attenuata 'Fosteri #2'    Ginkgo (female)  Ginkgo biloba 
Hornbeam     Goldenraintree  Koelreuteria paniculata 
European hornbeam Carpinus betulus    Hawthorn  Crataegus spp. 
American hornbeam  Carpinus caroliniana    Honeylocust  Gleditsia triacanthos 
Horsechestnuts     Japanese black pine  Pinus thunbergii 
Common horsechestnut  Aesculus hippocastanum    Japanese zelkova  Zelkova serrata 
Red horsechestnut Aesculus x carnea    Katsuratree  Cercidiphyllum japonicum 
Red Buckeye  Aesculus pavia    Leyland cypress  X Cupressocyparis leylandii 
Lindens     London planetree  Platanus hybrida 
Littleleaf linden  Tilia cordata    Purpleleaf flowering plum  Prunus cerisifera 
Crimean linden Tilia x euchlora    River birch  Betula nigra 
Magnolias     Scholar-tree  Sophora japonica 
Southern magnolia  Magnolia grandiflora    Shadblow serviceberry  Amelanchier canadensis 
Sweetbay magnolia  Magnolia virginiana    Silver linden Tilia tomentosa 
Saucer magnolia  Magnolia x soulangiana    Smoketree  Cotinus coggygria 
Star magnolia  Magnolia stellata    Sweetgum  Liquidambar styraciflua 
Maples     Tree lilac  Syringa reticulata 
Red Maple  Acer rubrum    Tulip tree  Liriodendron tulipifera 
Sugar Maple  Acer saccharum    Weeping willow  Salix babylonica 
Oaks        
English oak  Quercus robur       
Northern red oak  Quercus rubra       
Overcup oak  Quercus lyrata       
Sawtooth oak  Quercus accutissima       
Scarlet oak  Quercus coccinea       
Southern red oak  Quercus falcata       
Swamp white oak  Quercus bicolor       
White oak  Quercus alba       
Willow oak  Quercus phellos       

Tips for Maintaining Your Tree

Coming soon.

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Alexandria, VA 22314
703.746.4343
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James B. Spengler
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