DUMONT SHADE TREE COMMISSION

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Adopt-A-Tree Program:

If the Dumont Shade Tree (DSTC) or the Borough deems that a new Tree or replacement Tree shall be planted, then the Borough may plant within the ROW as determined by the DSTC. Property Owners shall be given the opportunity to participate in the Adopt-a-Tree Program, which shall be reviewed periodically by the DSTC and shall, at a minimum meet the following criteria:

  1. The Property Owner request a tree from the DSTC approved list.

  2. The Property Owner shall water the Tree after planting once a day for a week, once a week for a month and once a month for a year.

  3. Approved DSTC guidelines for watering shall be followed.

The Borough of Dumont shall maintain the tree.

Voluntary Planting and Maintenance Expenses Private Property Owners may apply to the Commission to voluntarily plant or maintain a Tree or Trees in the ROW abutting the Private Property. Permission shall be granted, provided the planting complies with this ordinance and other policies as approved by the Commission under an “Adopt-a-Tree Program.” Voluntary plantings or maintenance costs may be borne by the Property Owner at one point in time, but this event does not obligate the Property Owner to bear future costs of maintenance or removal.

Which Tree and Where?

The right tree, planted in the right location, is the most important decision.  Pretty young trees will someday tower anywhere from 20’ to 100’ above, and can spread shade over an area up to 50’ wide.  Some hate salt; some love shade; some are tall or short; some will drop fruits, pods or “itchy balls.” Still, with all this, we plant trees because we love the shade, the flowers, the oxygen, the beauty, the improvement to our property value, the reduction in our cooling expenses, and any number of other great reasons.

This page is to assist you in selecting approved Dumont Shade Trees. Dumont will be responsible for these trees, and as a result, the Shade Tree Commission has selected trees that will thrive in difficult street and park locations, and will not cause unnecessary maintenance problems. The following trees are approved for planting in Dumont . If you would like to propose an alternate tree, contact the Dumont Shade Tree Commission through the Borough Administrator’s Office or feel free to attend one of the monthly meetings.

Tall Shade Trees (may be planted in 48” lawn strips by curbs but not under wires).  Must plant at least 20’ away from other trees, overhead wires & buildings. In addition, if possible, plant at least 4’ away from walkways, driveways, curbs, sewer inlets or sewer mains, water mains, gas mains. Call before you dig for free marking of the underground pipes: 800-272-1000. Ideally, plant tall trees in open areas with nothing over or under them.

Ginkgo Biloba (male only)
Honeylocust -- Gleditsia tricanthos inermis "Shadedmaster"
Little Leaf Linden -- Tilia cordata
Red Oak -- Quercus rubra
White Oak -- Quercus alba
Zelkova -- Zelkova serrata "Village Green"

Medium & Flowering Shade Trees (May be planted in 30” lawn strips by curbs but not under wires): Plant at least 15’ away from other trees, overhead wires & buildings. In addition, if possible, plant at least 4’ away from walkways, driveways, curbs, sewer inlets or sewer mains, water mains, gas mains.  Call before you dig for free marking of these underground pipes: 800-272-1000.

American Yellowwood -- Cladrastit kentukea (lutea)
Cherry -- Prunus serrulata "Kwanzan"
Goldenrain Tree -- Koelreuteria paniculata fastigata
Ironwood (Hornbeam) -- Carpinus caroliniana
Redbud -- Cersis canadensis
Serviceberry -- Amelanchier

Small Shade & Flowering Trees: (May be planted in 30” lawn strips by curb under wires):  Plant at least 10’ away from other trees, buildings, and at least 3’ away from walkways, driveways, curbs, sewer inlets or sewer mains, water mains, gas mains.  Call before you dig for free marking of these underground pipes: 800-272-1000.

Crape Myrtle -- Lagerstroemia
Hackberry celtis occidentalis
Hawthorn -- Crataegus exyacantha
Silverbell -- Halesia carolina "Jersey Belle"
Korean Stewartia


CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE DSTC Adopt-a-Tree Application

DSTC MISSION STATEMENT:

To promote a sustainable and productive community forest and shade tree resource that will subsequently improve the quality of life for the residents of the Borough of Dumont NJ.

 

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