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Memorial Park Tree Donations

The beauty of historic Memorial Park is due, in large part, to the existence of the many and varied trees that have been planted throughout the park.  The Maplewood Memorial Park Conservancy is pleased to offer two programs for community members to participate in the preservation and enhancement of the park’s tree collection — 1) dedication of individual trees and 2) a general tree fund.

Dedication Trees 

The Maplewood Memorial Park Conservancy is honored to work with the Township to continue the tradition of planting dedicated trees in Memorial Park. Donors can create a lasting legacy for a loved one, commemorate a special occasion, or just acknowledge the beauty of our historic park through the donation of a dedicated tree.

Individual trees can be purchased in various sizes and species, for different levels of giving.  A number of smaller trees have recently been planted by the Conservancy and are available for dedication at the $500 level.  Others, not yet been purchased, can be dedicated at any of the levels indicated below.  It is important to note that, since Memorial Park is a local landmark, listed in the National and New Jersey Registers of Historic Places, trees that are to be planted must be carefully researched and chosen for their appropriateness to the original planting plan as well as suitability to today’s environment. An approval by the New Jersey Historic Preservation Office is also required.

Trees can be purchased at the following levels:

$500 – Understory or ornamental tree or small shade tree

$1,500 – Overstory shade tree or large evergreen

$5,000 – Large, specimen shade tree

The purchase price includes the initial cost as well as money set aside to replace the tree if necessary.  A dedication tag will be attached to the tree, giving both the common and scientific name of the tree, date of donation, and a personalized dedication.  In addition, the donor will receive a certificate acknowledging the gift, a map showing the placement of the tree and a listing on the Conservancy website. A one-year membership to the Conservancy is also included (the highest level of donation includes a lifetime membership).

Below is a list of trees that are currently available for dedication. Recently planted trees are shown with their location in the park, and an indication of their size at maturity. Additional trees have been approved and are scheduled for planting in the upcoming season. This list will be updated as additional trees are approved. (Trees that are yet to be planted can be purchased at various sizes.)  To discuss the options for dedicating specific trees, please contact the Conservancy at

info@maplewoodmemorialparkconservancy.org


Trees Currently Available

Recently planted:

Overstory Trees

Golden Larch (Pseudolarix amabilis)

2 Available.   These specimens add to our collection of deciduous conifers and typically grow to 40’ high. The soft light green foliage turns a spectacular golden yellow before dropping in the fall.

 

Silver Linden (Tilia tomentosa)

4 Available.  Beautiful ornamental shade tree with lustrous dark green leaves, silver beneath, and gray smooth bark. Early summer flowers attract pollinators.

 

 

Three-flowered Maple (Acer triflorum)

Three-flowered Maples are small trees with outstanding ornamental features. The grey brown bark peels back to reveal orange brown inner bark and the leaves turn spectacular shades of red and orange in the fall. The flowers for which the trees are named appear in spring, but are rather small.

 

Understory Trees

Black Gum (Nyssa sylvatica)

A native tree with outstanding foliage and brilliant fall color, the Black Gum reaches 30’ to 50’ in height at maturity.

 

 

Crabapple ‘Adams’ (Malus ‘Adams’)

2 Available.  Part of our crabapple grove, these trees have magenta buds that open to single pink flowers. Foliage is red turning to orange red in fall, and the glossy red fruit persists on the trees through winter. These trees grow to 20’ high and 20’ wide.

Crabapple ‘Centurion’ (Malus Centurion)

1 Available.  These spring-flowering trees have red-pink buds that open to single fuschia flowers. The small fruit turns red in the fall and is quickly eaten by birds. Fall foliage is orange red. These small trees typically grow to 20’ high and wide.

Crabapple ‘Prairie Fire’ (Malus ‘Prairie Fire’)

1 Available.  Another addition to our crabapple grove, these trees have pink buds that open to single pink flowers. The small fruit turns red in the fall and lasts through late fall and winter, when they are eaten by birds. Fall foliage on these small trees is an attractive orange.

Crabapple ‘Royal Raindrops’ (Malus ‘Royal Raindrops’)

1 Available.  Another variety in our crabapple grove, these trees have pink buds that open to single bright pink flowers. Foliage is red turning to orange red in fall, and the burgundy small fruit persists on the trees through winter. These trees grow to 20’ high and 15’ wide.

 

Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus)

5 Available.  One of the most beautiful of native pines, the long lived and rapid growing Eastern White Pines are among the tallest trees in North America, reaching 50’ to 80’ in height.

Gray Birch (Betula populifolia)

These multi-trunked trees have attractive white bark and bright green leaves.  They turn an attractive gold in the fall.  They grow quickly to 25’

 

‘Scarlett Fire’ Dogwood (Cornus kousa ‘Scarlett Fire’)

A heavily flowering dogwood with dark, strong pink bracts in summer, Scarlett Fire has red fall color with classic red hanging fruit.

 

 

‘Ace of Hearts’ Redbud (Cercis canadensis ‘Ace of Hearts’)

3 Available. These native woodland trees grow to 12’ tall and 15’ wide.  Their bright pink early spring flowers attract pollinators.  In summer, this variety has glossy heart shaped leaves that turn an attractive yellow in fall.

 

 

Approved for planting:

Overstory Trees

Japanese Red Pine (Pinus densiflora)

These slow growing multi-trunked evergreens grow into an attractive medium tree.  The branches develop reddish flaking bark and the needles are bright green.

 

Kentucky Coffeetree (Gymnocladus diocus)

2 Available. This native woodland tree can grow to become a large specimen (60’ tall by 50’ wide).  Spring flowers are creamy white panicles that attracts insect pollinators and hummingbirds.  Summer leaves turn to yellow brown in the fall.  In winter, the architectural form is rugged and picturesque.

Swamp White Oak (Quercus bicolor)

2 Available. These large shade trees grow to 60’ tall and wide and will join the ranks of some of the largest, most long-lived trees currently in the park.  Young trees have attractive peeling bark, and the lobed leaves are a lustrous green with silvery undersides. Acorns have interesting caps and fall color is an attractive gold.

 

White Oak (Quercus alba)

1 Available. This tree grows slowly, but can reach 80’ tall and 100’ wide at maturity—truly a specimen for future generations.  Bright green leaves give way to wine-red fall foliage and the acorns are sweet and attract many birds.

Understory Trees

Crabapple ‘Walter’s’ (Malus ‘Walter’s’)

1 Available.  Bred by former Superintendent of Parks, Richard Walter, this variety of crabapple has pink buds that open to single white flowers. Foliage is green turning to yellow in the fall, and produces small yellow fruits that are relished by birds. These trees grow to 20’ high and 20’ wide.

Dogwood ‘Cherokee Princess’ (Cornus ‘Cherokee Princess’)

1 Available. An addition to our dogwood grove. This white flowered small tree is native to the Eastern woodlands of the US. Cherokee Princess has particularly large blooms, followed by striking red fruit in the fall.

Dogwood ‘Stellar Pink’ (Cornus ‘Stellar Pink’)

1 Available. Another addition to our dogwood grove. This is a pink flowered cross of our native dogwood with other more disease resistant dogwood species. Stellar Pink displays lovely pink flowers in spring and deep red foliage in the fall.

Gray Birch (Betula populifolia)

These multi-trunked trees have attractive white bark and bright green leaves.  They turn an attractive gold in the fall.  They grow quickly to 25’

 

Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria japonica)

3 Available. The tall slender pyramidal evergreens are the national trees of Japan where they are grown at temples and shrines.  Typically they grow to 50’ tall. Their reddish brown peeling bark is also attractive.

 

Japanese Tree Lilac (Syringa reticulata)

1 Available. This small tree displays lovely white flowers in June. The flaky bark provides winter interest.

 

 

Redbud ‘Rising Sun’ (Cercis canadensis ’Rising Sun’)

3 Available. These native woodland trees grow to 10’ tall and wide.  Their bright pink early spring flowers attract pollinators.  In summer, this variety sports brightly colored leaves that turn an attractive yellow in fall.

Red Maple (Acer rubrum)

These fast-growing medium trees (50’ high by 50’ wide) are best known for their beautiful red foliage in fall.  Spring brings small red flowers which mature into red samaras in early summer. Red maples are native to the Eastern US.

River Birch (Betula nigra)

Attractive peeling salmon and white bark characterize this fast-growing large tree that may reach 80’ tall.  Light green leaves turn golden in the fall.

 

 

General Tree Fund

Donors have the opportunity of giving any amount to a General Tree Fund to support the beautiful tree canopy in Memorial Park. The General Tree Fund will ensure a reliable source of funds to help cover the costs associated with replacement of existing trees, many of which have been affected by disease, storm damage or advancing age.

Various levels of giving have been established:

Up to $100 – Memorial

Up to $250 – Heritage

Up to $500 – Landmark

Over $500 – Legacy

Donors to this fund do not dedicate a specific tree, but receive a certificate acknowledging the gift, a listing on the Conservancy website, and Conservancy membership.  (Memorial, Heritage and Landmark donors receive memberships for one year, Legacy donors receive lifetime membership.)

To donate to the General Tree Fund, please contact:

info@maplewoodmemorialparkconservancy.org