Layout - Left Frame
Sunday, February 7, 2016

Heritage Tree Program

2015 List of Heritage Trees
2014 Heritage Trees Presentation
2013 Heritage Trees Presentation
2012 Heritage Trees Presentation

 About the Program

The Heritage Tree Program is dedicated to the identification and preservation of heritage trees within the City of Wilmington, North Carolina. Heritage trees are those, which because of their age, rarity, grouping, overall beauty or historical significance represent an important aspect of the City’s history or natural landscape.

Specific objectives of the program are:

  • Identify and catalogue “Heritage” trees within the City of Wilmington.
  • To increase public awareness and appreciation of the value of Heritage and other trees that may add to the beauty and ecology of the City’s natural and urban landscape.

Heritage Tree Selection

The City’s Urban Arborist and members of the Wilmington Tree Commission are responsible for setting specific criteria for designation, receiving nominations, maintaining the program’s database and providing appropriate recognition to heritage tree owners. Nominations and selections are reported at regular monthly meetings of The Tree Commission.

Heritage Tree Categories


  • Specimen:  A tree of exceptional form or rarity
  • Historical Significance:  A tree recognized by virtue of its association with or contribution to a historic structure, district or its association with a noted person or historic event
  • Landmark:  Trees that are landmarks of the city of Wilmington
  • Grouping:  Trees in a notable grove, avenue or other planting



To be considered for Heritage Tree status, a nomination for the tree must be submitted to the Wilmington Tree Commission with approval of the owner.  


September 1st  annually

Signed Forms may be emailed or mailed to: 

Aaron Reese, City Arborist
1702 Burnett Blvd, Wilmington, NC  28401

Angela Faison

Layout - Right Frame
Layout - Footer Top Left Corner Layout - Footer Top Right Corner
Terms of Use  Privacy  ADA Policy  ©2009 City of Wilmington 
102 North Third Street - Post Office Box 1810
Wilmington, North Carolina 28402-1810
Questions, Comments? Email Us!