Street Tree Committee

The City of Norwich Tree Committee conducts tree plantings and related activities for the City of Norwich.
Street Tree Committee Members: https://www.norwichnewyork.net/government/boards-commissions.php#trees

Benefits of Trees

Urban trees provide many benefits, including:

  • Shade our homes and sidewalks
  • Reduce cooling and heating costs
  • Increase property values
  • Improve wildlife habitat
  • Reduce crime
  • Reduce stormwater runoff
  • Clean the air and water
  • Capture and store carbon
  • Encourage physical activities
  • Improve physical and mental health outcomes for residents
  • Decrease stress in residents
  • Create a sense of community pride

Learn more about Tree Benefits at Trees Are Good (https://www.treesaregood.org/treeowner/benefitsoftrees) and Arbor Day Foundation (https://www.arborday.org/trees/index-benefits.cfm)

Tree Care

The Street Tree Committee reminds you to:

Tree Planting

Occasionally, the City has funds to plant trees in front of homes and businesses. To learn more about upcoming tree planting or to request a tree, fill out the Tree Planting Request Form. (https://forms.gle/kCeUDiUk4f5q6UZE7.) All sites are reviewed for suitability by the Tree Committee before approval.

If you would like to plant a tree in the tree lawn and there is not an active tree planting initiative, please complete this form (COMING SOON). The DPW and the Tree Committee will approve all planting sites. Please see the list of recommended trees below.

Fall Leaf Pick-up

The Street Tree Committee endorses the use of paper leaf collection bags. These bags do not have to be open and disposed of by the DPW, reducing employee time and tipping fees at the landfill. Additionally, paper bags keep excess plastic out of our environment. Thank you to Curtis Lumber for assisting with our pilot paper leaf bag program in the fall of 2022 by providing bags, at cost, to the City and to the Norwich Garden Club for endorsing the effort.

City residents or business owners are eligible for up to 10 free paper leaf bags at City Hall for use in the City. More information is coming soon.

Recommended Street Trees

Street trees endure additional stresses such as road salt, exhaust, and compaction. Below is a list of trees the Street Tree Committee suggests for planting in tree lawns or other tough sites. Additionally:

  • The City of Norwich is USDA Hardiness Zone 5, though planting Zone 4 trees is recommended.
  • Do not plant trees considered to be invasive species. This includes Norway maple, Acer platanoides, (both green and purple varieties),
  • Callery pear, Pyrus calleryana, and Japanese tree lilac, Syringa reticulata.
  • The City has an abundance of honeylocust, Gleditsia triacanthos, crabapple, Malus spp., and maples, Acer spp., so we recommend planting
  • other species to increase biodiversity.
  • Many "full-sized" trees have ornamental varieties that are short or columnar and may be suitable for smaller spaces.
  • Do not plant large trees under power lines as they will eventually interfere and be heavily pruned by the utility.

For information about individual trees, their varieties, potential pest problems, and landscape use, visit The Missouri Botanic Garden website: https://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderSearch.aspx
For information on insects and diseases and testing, please refer to the Cornell Insect Diagnostic Lab (http://idl.entomology.cornell.edu/) and the Cornell Plant Disease Diagnostic lab (http://plantclinic.cornell.edu/)

Large Trees

  • Kentucky Coffee tree: Gymnocladus dioicus
  • Elm: Ulmus spp- American Elm hybrids are available
  • Ginkgo: Ginkgo biloba
  • Hackberry: Celtis occidentalis
  • Horsechestnut: Aesculus hippocatanum
  • American Linden: Tilia americana
  • Littleleaf Linden: Tilia cordata
  • Freeman Maple: Acer freemanii
  • Red Maple: Acer rubrum
  • Bur Oak: Quercus macrocarpa
  • English Oak: Quercus robur
  • Shingle oak: Quercus imbricaria
  • Red Oak: Quercus rubra
  • Oak species: Quercus species and hybrids
  • Swamp White Oak: Quercus bicolor
  • Bur oak: Quercus macrocarpa
  • White oak: Quercus alba
  • London Planetree: Platanus x acerifolia
  • Tulip-poplar: Liriodendron tulipifera
  • Sweetgum: Liquidambar styracifula
  • Northern catalpa: Catalpa speciose
  • Bald-cypress: Taxodium distichum
  • Dawn redwood: Metasequoia glyptostroboides

Medium Trees

  • River birch: Betula nigra
  • Hornbeam/musclewood: Carpinus species
  • Ironwood: Ostrya species
  • Chinese catalpa: Catalpa ovata
  • Mongolian linden: Tilia mongolica
  • Black gum: Nyssa sylvatica
  • Yellowwood: Cladrastis kentukea
  • Katsura tree: Cercidiphyllum japonicum

Small Trees

  • Flowering cherry: Prunus serrulata
  • Nanking cherry: Prunus tomentosa
  • Sargent's cherry: Prunus sargentii
  • Amur Maackia: Maackia amurensis
  • Flowering crabapple: Malus species and hybrids
  • Hawthorn: Crataegus species and hybrids
  • Star magnolia (side streets): Magnolia stellata
  • Eastern redbud (side streets): Cercis canadensis
  • Serviceberry: Amelanchier species and hybrids
  • Osage-orange: Maclura pomifera

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