Community Development

City of Cortland Property Owners - FREE TREES! 2016 Program Open

The City is pleased to offer a beautiful tree for your property’s right-of-way.

The City of Cortland’s Landscape and Design Commission (LDC) has chosen several species of street trees for planting under its annual Tree Program. Funding for the trees is provided through a grant awarded to the City under the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Urban and Community Forestry Program. All City property owners may apply for a tree. However, according to the terms of the grant, the emphasis for 2016 will be properties located in the City’s East End.

The species of tree to be planted on your property will be determined by the LDC based on overhead and underground utilities, site conditions, tree availability, grant conditions, and your input. The City’s DPW will plant the trees without cost to you.

If you accept a tree, you must agree to maintain and care for the tree with regular watering. You must also agree not to transplant, disturb or harm your tree. Mulch may not touch the tree, and mowers or string trimmers must not nick the bark. Unfortunately, your tree cannot be guaranteed and may not be replaced if it does not survive. Your assistance in making sure trees remain vibrant and healthy in our community is important.

The planting program will begin in May 2016.

For questions or further information, please contact Diane at 753-0146 or Linda at 753-1433.

The deadline for applications is April 18, 2016.

Photo credit: Urban Horticulture Institute, Cornell University. Click on photos for larger view.

Underwire Trees

'White Shield' Osage Orange

'White Shield' Osage Orange

'White Shield' Osage Orange Leaves

Osage Orange Leaves

'Ivory Silk' Tree Lilac

'Ivory Silk' Tree Lilac

'Sugar Cone' Maple

'Sugar Cone' Maple

'Purple Leafed' Catalpa

'Purple Leafed' Catalpa

Catalpa Leaves

Catalpa Leaves

'Kentucky' Yellowwood

'Kentucky' Yellowwood





Tall Trees

'Glenleven' Linden

'Glenleven' Linden

Hackberry

Hackberry

'Magyar' Ginkgo

'Magyar' Ginkgo (Fall colors)

White Oak

White Oak




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