Touchdowns & Trees – Super Community Tree Giveaway!

We are partnering with the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee to plant 2,014 trees this fall. As part of this effort, 1,800 3-4’′ trees will be given away in New Jersey counties that were most negatively impacted by Hurricane Sandy – Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, and Union. We will also be planting 214 large trees, 12-15′ tall, throughout New Jersey.

To get your free tree, click on the Tree Giveaway tab, find your county’s application, and make a touch down!


NJ Recovery Fund – Environmental Projects

Who has a shovel-ready project and would like to partner with us? We are submitting a Letter of Intent to the NJ Community Foundation/Dodge Foundation – NJ Recovery Fund. It is DUE 2/25/2013. Guidelines are:

Priority #4: Environmental Protection and Restoration Projects
The protection and restoration of natural systems and environmental infrastructure is essential to the long-term health, prosperity and resiliency of New Jersey and its communities.

A portion of the New Jersey Recovery Fund will be directed to projects that showcase and demonstrate environmental protection and restoration as a resiliency strategy, including:
• Green infrastructure solutions to storm water management and neighborhood flooding;
• Restoration of critical wildlife habitat, stream banks, wetlands, riparian corridors, and natural areas;
• Improvements to public access to open space;
• Research, modeling and data collection to prioritize and inform projects.

Overall preferences: Priority will be given to projects in the Delaware Bayshore, Raritan Bay, Meadowlands, coastal region, Pinelands, Barnegat Bay, and urban centers.

If you have a project, please email me ASAP at:

Small Growing Trees to Plant Under Wires

Tree planting season is right around the corner! So we have put together a list a of small growing trees that are suitable for planting under utility wires in NJ.

Acer campestre                                   Hedge Maple

Acer buergeranum                            Trident Maple

Acer ginnala                                        Amur Maple

Acer Henryi                                          Henry Maple

Acer leucoderme                                Chalkbark Maple

Acer nikoense                                      Nikko Maple

Acer palmatum                                   Japanese Maple

Acer tataricum                                    Tatarian Maple

Acer truncatum                                  Purpleblow Maple

Acer Griseum                                       Paperbark Maple

Cotinus coggygria                             Smoketree

Cotinus obovatus                               American Smoketree

Lagerstroemia spp.                           Crapemyrtle

Amelanchier Autumn Brilliance  Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry

Amelanchier Prince Charles          Prince Charles Serviceberry

Amelanchier Princess Diana          Princess Diana Serviceberry

Carpinus caroliniana                         American Hornbeam

Cercis can. Forest Pansy                  ForestPansy Red Bud

Cercis reniformis Oklahome           Oklahoma Redbud

Chionanthus virginicus                    White fringetree

Cornusfloridaselections                   American Dogwoods

Cornus kousa selections                   Kousa Dogwood

Cornus Rutgers Selections               RutgersDogwod

Crataegus Winter King                       Winter King Hawthorn

Franklinia alatamaha                         Franklin tree

Halesia tetraptera                                Carolina Silverbell

Koelreuteria paniculata                    Goldenraintree (30-40′)

Maackia amurensis                            Amur Maackia

Malus selections for tree form use  Crabapples

Parrotia persica                                    Persian Parrotia

Prunus cerasifera                                Cherry Plum

Prunus Autumnalis                             Autumn Flowering Cherry

Prunus Kwanzan                                  Kwanzan Cherry

Prunus Okame                                      Okame Cherry

Prunus Sargenti                                   Sargent Cherry (25 – 40’)

Prunus sarg. Columnaris                 Columnar Sargent Cherry

Prunus virgiana                                   Canada Red’ Chokecherry

Prunus yedoensis                               Yoshino Cherry (35 – 45’ tall)

Stryax japonica                                   Japanese Snowbell

Syringa reticulate                                Japanese Tree Lilac

You can down load the list here  Utility Friendly Trees







Happy planting!


Reducing Invasives, Retaining Our Trees Workshop

This exciting Stewardship Workshop will be held at Duke Farms on February 20, 2013 from 12:30 – 4:00 pm.

The workshop covers best management practices of public trees and forests for control of invasive species (including deer) and for storm risks while preserving our important tree canopy.  The target audience is municipal and public works officials, foresters, arborists, engineers, planners, flood plain managers, landscape architects, environmental and shade tree commissions, and other interested people.   Continuing Education Units will be offered.

Register today! Reducing Invasives, Retaining Our Trees

Contact Sara Malone at


New Re-entry Training Program

This summer, we are starting a Landscaping & Maintenance training program for men under parole supervision. Three men will provide community service to our 9/11 Memorial – The Grove of Remembrance (Liberty State Park, Jersey City) and our Urban Nursery, in exchange for earning a certificate and job placement assistance. Trainees will learn:

Tree, shrub, perennial and weed identification.
Proper tree & shrub pruning.
Proper mulching.
Transplanting shrubs & perennials.
General landscape & nursery maintenance.

We are very excited about this new program!

Our Grove of Remembrance always needs maintenance!

Accolade Elm – Urban Tolerant Tree #1

Ulmus ‘Accolade’ is a cross of Chinese and Japanese species resistant to Dutch Elm Disease (EDE). Before DED wiped out most of the Elms, the main street in my hometown was lined with Elm trees, creating a shaded canopy. We had an Elm in my front yard until a few years back. Each year another limb would succumb to disease. My Dad pruned that tree until there was nothing but one main limb. It finally had to be removed completely.

The NJ Tree Foundation planted these Accolade Elms 4 years ago in Liberty State Park, Jersey City.

Liberty State Park is my litmus test for tree urban tolerance. If a tree survives in the Park, it can tolerate horrible “soil”, drought and lack of drainage. As you can see, the Accolade Elms are not only surviving, they are thriving!