To be considered for Heritage status, a nomination for the tree must be submitted to the Tree Commission with approval of the owner. Trees can be nominated as an individual or a collection. Final selection is determined by the Heritage Trees Committee based on specific criteria as well as recommendations of professional arborists or foresters. Heritage Tree status is granted if the tree meets any or all of the following criteria:
Specimen: A tree of exceptional size, form, or rarity.
- A nominated tree that has a point total that meets or exceeds 75% of the current NC Champion tree’s point total. Point totals are determined by this equation:
[vertical height + trunk circumference (4.5 ft. above ground) +avg. crown spread = point total]
- Any tree with a trunk diameter measured at breast height (dbh) of at least 36 inches.
- Form or rarity:
- The tree is an outstanding specimen of exemplary form for the species;
- The tree is one of the largest or oldest trees in Wilmington as compared to others of its species;
- The tree is of distinctive form an unusual species for the area, or is otherwise unique;
- Any tree or grove of trees that have horticultural significance, including but not limited to those which are:
Historic: A tree recognized by virtue of its association with or contribution to a historic structure or district, or its association with a noted person or historic event.
- The tree has a documented association with an historical event important to the City or region;
- Any tree or grove of trees which have historical significance, including but not limited to those which were/are:
- Planted as a commemorative;
- Planted during a particularly significant historical era or event; or
- Marking the spot of an historical event.
- The tree was standing at the home of a person who played a role in Wilmington’s history as a leader, writer or other significant contributor; or
- The tree is illustrated in historical sketches, journals, photographs, or writings, related to a
Landmark historical event.:
- at are landmarks of the City, a neighborhood, or community;
- Trees that mark a special site location
- Trees in a notable or significant grove, avenue, or other planting.
- Trees that provide a valuable habitat