Specimen Tree Restoration Program

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For help choosing a planting site, see Trees Are Good. You can also search for your tree on SelecTree to see planting site requirements. If SelecTree does not have your specific cultivar, search for the general species. For example, for Crimson Spire Oak (Quercus robur x alba), see Quercus robur. CHECK THE DROPDOWN TREE LISTS ON THE ORDER FORM TO SEE WHICH TREES HAVE ALREADY SOLD OUT.

Specimen Trees available for Spring 2017

Summer Fun Dogood

Cornus kousa 'Summer Fun' Height: 18' Width: 15'

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Samaritan® Dogwood

Cornus kousa 'Samzam' Height: 20' Width: 20'

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Sun Valley Red Maple

Acer Rubrum 'Sun Valley' Height: 35' Width: 25'

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American Dream Oak

Quercus bicolor 'JFS-KW12'

Height: 50' Width: 40'

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Gum Drop Tupelo

Nyssa sylvatica 'JFS-PN Legacy1' Height: 30' Width: 20'

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Armstrong Gold Red Maple

Acer rubrum 'JFS-KW78' Height 40' Width 12'

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Red Obelisk European Beech

Fagus sylvatica 'Red Obelisk'

Height: 40' Spread: 10'

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Emerald Sunshine Elm

Ulmus propinqua 'JFS-Bieberich' Height: 35' Spread: 30'

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Redpointe® Red Maple

Acer rubrum 'Frank Jr.' ('Redpointe')

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Espresso Kentucky Coffee Tree

Gymnocladus dioicus 'Espresso'

Height: 50' Spread: 35'

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‘Ivory Silk’ Japanese Tree Lilac

Syringa reticulata 'Ivory Silk'

Height: 25' Spread: 20'

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Diane Witch Hazel

Diane Witch Hazel Hamamelis × intermedia 'Diane' Height: 10' Spread: 15'

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Celebration® Maple

Acer x freemanii 'Celzam' Height: 50' Spread: 35'

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River’s Purple European Beech

Fagus sylvatica 'Riversii'

Height: 50' Spread: 30'

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“The trees along the streets are numerous, and arranged in a manner which is not usual in American cities. They rather generally overhang the street from the front or side yards of the houses. A large part of the quality of the more agreeable Newport streets, both in the poorer quarters and in the more fashionable, depends upon the very irregular disposition of the trees, and their variation in kind and size, giving a delightful play of light and shade. The fact that these trees are so frequently to be found growing in the side yards of houses indicates a…fact of considerable importance, namely, that there are generally side yards in which the trees can grow.” – Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., Proposed Improvements for Newport, 1913

Newporters are replanting all four corners of their city.

Each year, 65 to 75 specimen-quality trees are given to Newport residents who agree to plant them on their private property and care for them.

The City of Newport currently plants trees up to 20’ onto private property through its Bare Root Tree Planting Program — but this program can only plant trees on a fraction of land area that will require replanting to maintain Newport’s unique character. The new Specimen Tree Restoration Program is a model program designed to widely distribute specimen trees across a city: with the support of donors, trees will be given away at no charge to property owners without restrictions on placement (aside from site suitability). In return, property owners commit to planting and maintaining the tree.

Members of the Newport Tree Society will confirm site suitability, and property owners will sign an agreement with the NTS to act as a Tree Steward and to plant the trees in the identified locations. A tree planting clinic will be conducted this spring for all tree recipients.

The Newport Arboretum, New England's first citywide arboretum, is a special project of The Newport Tree Society of Newport, Rhode Island.