Community Development

City of Cortland Property Owners - FREE TREES!

The City of Cortland’s Landscape and Design Commission, in conjunction with the NYS DEC, is again pleased to offer a beautiful tree to be planted on residential and commercial property owners’ right-of-way (between the sidewalk and curb) this May. The tree species will be determined by the Commission based on overhead and underground utilities, site conditions, grant restrictions, and tree availability. The City reserves the right to determine which tree will be planted at each site. You will be informed of the tree selection; however, the City will attempt to address your tree preference or other concerns. The City DPW will plant the trees without cost to you.

If you accept a tree, you must agree to maintain and care for the tree and to water it regularly. You may not transplant, disturb, or harm your tree. Mulch or additional soil may not touch the base of the tree. Unfortunately, your tree cannot be guaranteed and may not be replaced if it does not survive.

Your City property and school tax payments must be current.

If you are interested in being considered for a tree, applications are due no later than April 1, 2013.

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

This Project has been funded in part by a grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Urban and Community Forestry Program, through appropriations from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund (EPF).

Thanks to Nina Bassuk at Cornell University for descriptions and photos.

Accolade Elm Accolade Elm


A deciduous tree with good resistance to Dutch Elm disease.


See description.

Skymaster OakSkymaster Oak


Deciduous tree with oval shape.


See description.

Sugar Cone MapleSugar Cone Maple


Growth Habit – Conical shape
Height: 25’
Spread: 10-12’
Foliage: Medium green
Fall Foliage: Yellow, orange
Hardiness Zone: 3
Cultural Requirements: Adaptable to alkaline conditions. Prefers moderately
moist, fertile soils. Tolerates some shade.


It is a dwarf and compact tree which is very dense in leaf and outstanding
twiggy winter form.

Winter King HawthorneWinter King Hawthorne

Deciduous tree, 20-30 feet tall, with white flowers and purple or scarlet fall color.


See description.

London PlanetreeLondon Planetree


Deciduous tree, 70-100 ft. Resistant to drought and flood.


See decription.


Please, one entry per household. All fields required. Submit by April 1, 2013

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