Community Development

City of Cortland Property Owners - FREE TREES! 2015 Program Completed

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 2015 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. Tree choices can be viewed here after April 1st. 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 2015.

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

The deadline for applications is April 20, 2015.

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

Underwire Trees

Fort McNair Red Chestnut

'Fort McNair' Red Chestnut

Produces dark pink flowers; 40’ in height, 30’ in spread

European Hornbeam

European Hornbeam

Pyramidal, branched up form; 40’in height, 25’ in spread

State Street Miyabei Maple

'State Street' Miyabei Maple

Rounded; 45’ in height,’ 30’ in spread

Ivory Silk Japanese Tree Lilac

‘Ivory Silk’ Japanese Tree Lilac

Produces cream-colored blossoms in June; 20’ in height, 15’ in spread  

Harvest Gold Linden

‘Harvest Gold’ Linden

Glossy, dark green summer foliage turns bright golden yellow in autumn; pyramidal in form; 40’ in height, 30’ in spread

Tall Trees

Magyar Ginkgo Biloba

'Magyar' Ginkgo Biloba

Narrowly pyramidal with fan-shaped leaves; 60’ in height, 30’ in spread

Skymaster English Oak

'Skymaster' English Oak

Dark green foliage, pyramidal in form; 50’ in height, 25’ in spread