Native Tree Information

Philadelphia & Pennsylvania Native Tree Information

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HELP. DON'T HURT.

We all play an important role in conserving the trees and forests that give Philadelphia its name. Take the time to learn more about these action steps:

✓ Plant native trees and plants where you live.
✓ Care for your trees to ensure their long-term health.
✓ Identify and manage invasive species on your property.
✓ Plan for and manage your forest or woodlot.
✓ Consult a qualified professional before harvesting or pruning trees.

TREE IDENTIFICATION TIPS

Here are some tips to help you learn about Philadelphia's most common trees:

✓ Carefully study the tree you want to identify. Look at leaves, twigs, buds and any flowers or fruits.
✓ When the leaves have fallen, you can still identify trees. It takes careful study of their twigs, buds, leaf scars and bark, and a little practice.
✓ Individual trees vary in their characteristics. The amount of sun a leaf receives affects its shape. And bark often varies with the age of the tree—younger trees are often smoother and more lightly colored.
✓ Species that look similar can often be distinguished by their typical habitat.

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WHY SHOULD I CARE ABOUT NATIVE TREES?

Native trees create beautiful landscapes that provide native wildlife with the best habitat and food they need to survive. Native trees also help to protect watersheds and maintain the unique natural heritage of an area. In Philadelphia, and the state of Pennsylvania, our native trees lend a sense of place that is recognized and enjoyed by citizens and visitors from all over the world. If our native trees continue to be replaced with species from other places, the area will lose the natural beauty and resources that define the city of Philadelphia, and the state of Pennsylvania. 

Not only do native trees provide benefits to the environment as a whole, they also provide value to you and your backyard. Because these native trees are meant to grow here, they thrive with less maintenance in the right conditions, thereby reducing the need to water, fertilize, and provide care for them. They also serve as pollinators and attract wildlife. 

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