Urban Forestry

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Urban Forestry

Schedule of Tree Maintenance


  • Remove dead or dangerous trees

  • Shape and prune young trees

  • Supervise tree removals


  • Stumps are ground deeply and cleaned up from trees recently cut

  • Receive bare root trees and pot (trees ordered in May/June for planting one year forward)


  • Plant trees grown previous year in TP nursery


  • Identify trees for removal for next two winters

  • Order replacement trees for next year delivery (planting two years out)

  • Water this year’s street plantings during drought

  • Care for spring potted trees for one growing season in the nursery

  • Trees are evaluated and marked for winter removal


  • Trees marked for winter removal go out for bids 

  • Deadwood prune at least 1/6th of the streets

  • Residents notified of pending removal, grinding and new plantings

Trees to Avoid Planting

As you are looking in your garden catalogs, do yourself a favor and skip these trees for your yard. They are food for the Asian longhorned beetle that is heading our way.  Trees to avoid are: All maples including their relatives box elder sycamore and London plain, buckeyes, horse chestnuts, birches, willows, elms, mimosa, Katsura, hackberry, ash, golden rain trees, poplars, aspen, mimosa and mountain ash.

Suggested Trees to Plant

Residents often request a list of recommended trees for their own property that will not be affected by the Asian Longhorn Beetle or the Emerald Ash Borer. The list below is of recommended trees currently planted by the village but is only a fraction of trees available to the homeowners from nurseries.

Please remember to ask about the soil requirements before purchasing. Terrace Park soil is generally an alluvial mix south of Wooster Pike, and ‘Hamilton County’ clay over limestone north of Wooster Pike. Generally the PH level here is generally 7.3 (mildly alkaline) but can vary. Acid loving trees and plants are to be avoided.


Allegheny Serviceberry (Ammelanchier laevis)

American hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)

American hornbeam (Carpinus Carolina)

Blackgum/Tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica)                                        

Black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) 'Frisia' or "Purple Robe' thornless

Catalpa x erubescens 'Purpurea'

Crab apple (Malus)  

Carolina Silverbell (Halesia tetraptera) species or 'Arnold Pink'            

Cherry (Prunus) varieties: bird, black, choke, sweet and five flowering cultivars same as Washington DC; 'Akebono' 'Kwanzan' 'Mount Fuji' 'Accolade' 'Snow Goose'

Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides)

Dogwood (Cornus) many cultivars

Eastern Redbud (Cercis candensis) "Alba' 'Forest Pansy' 'Appalatian'               

Hawthorn (Crataegus) many cultivars

Hardy Rubber Tree (Eucommia ulmoides)

Hickory (Carya) Varieties:  Pignut, shellbark, shagbark, mockernut,

Japanese Lilac Tree (Syringa reticulate) Cultivars:  Ivory Silk, Pillar or Snow cap

Kentucky Coffeetree (Gymnocladus dioicus) "Espresso' for male trees                 

Linden [Basswood] (Tilia) Varieties: silver, little leaf, American

Locust (Gleditsia tricanthos) 'Skyline' or 'Shade Master'

Maackia (Maackia amurensis)

Oaks (Quercus), Varieties: Black, Bur, Chestnut, Chinquapin, Red, Willow, Sawtooth, Scarlet, Shingle, Shumard, Swamp White, White (NOT PIN OAKS).   

Pecan (Carya illoinensis)

Sassafras (Sassafras albidum)

Seven Son Flower Tree  (Heptacodium miconoides)

Service Berry (Amelanchier)  Varieties: canadensis and arborea 

Smoke Tree  (Cotinius coggygria)  we have planted 'Grace'            

Thornless Honeylocust (Gleditsia triacanthos inermis)  

Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera)

Yellowwood (Cladratis kentukea)

Zelkova  (Zelkova)



Terrace Park’s Urban Forestry initiative began with the planting of 1600 trees in the late 1890’s.  Although there was some criticism of species selection, spacing and even utility pruning as early as 1911, these trees continued to flourish. Given care, protection and good growing conditions a large number of these specimens were recorded in an inventory prepared in 1982.The average life of a tree under urban conditions is about 50 years. There may still be a few village trees that have passed a century mark and continue to contribute to the quality of life in Terrace Park.  We had to remove two originals; one sugar maple in 2014 and one black oak in 2017; each had over 130 rings!!!


A comprehensive Urban Forestry Program, initiated in 1983, will continue to provide the Village with the many benefits it has received from the original plantings.

What is a village tree?

A computerized tree inventory is maintained by the Village of Terrace Park. Information contained in the database includes location, species, size, and condition of over 3,300 street trees. The program allows for the tracking of work requests through completion, providing a complete work history of individual trees. All of these trees are located in the Village right-of-way and are part of a comprehensive forestry management plan. Both public and private streets are valuable resources and contribute significantly to the quality of life in Terrace Park.  The right-of-ways in Terrace Park vary form 30-60 feet but do not always evenly parallel the streets.  If you wish to see where your property line abuts the right-of-way and also where Village trees can be placed, refer to the Cincinnati Area Geographic Information System (CAGIS) website. http://cagisonline.hamilton-co.org/cagisonline/index.html

1. Find Terrace Park and zoom in on your street.

2. Look at the four scrolls in the top left, click on the right one marked “property”.

3. Right above that scroll is a bar labeled Basemap Blender, move the triangle on the bar to the center of that bar.

4. You should be able to see trees and property lines at the same time. Adjust this and zoom further to what is easiest for you to view.


Email Terrace Park Urban Forester Mark Castator trees@terracepark.org

Village Arborist and Urban Forester Mark Castator accepts our 34th Tree City USA Award from the Arbor Day Foundation.