Heritage Tree Program
A cooperative program between the City of Seattle and
PlantAmnesty to celebrate Seattle's Special Trees.
The Heritage Tree Program was initiated by PlantAmnesty in partnership with the City of Seattle in 1996. The first Heritage Tree was recognized jointly by the City of Seattle and PlantAmnesty in 1996. There are now many more!
Heritage trees may be on either City or private property. Each candidate tree is assessed by a certified arborist and evaluated by a review committee. Trees can be nominated as an individual or a collection, but must have the owner's approval and meet criteria for health in addition to being selected according to one of the following categories:
Specimen: A tree of exceptional size, form, or rarity.
Historic: A tree recognized by virtue of its age, its association with or contribution to a historic structure or district, or its association with a noted person or historic event.
Landmark: Trees that are landmarks of a community.
Collection: Trees in a notable grove, avenue, or other planting.
Each Heritage Tree is identified by a plaque and the owners are given an owner's tree care manual. A few owners have chosen to place a deed restriction on their property to provide for future tree protection.
Click here to see a list of Seattle’s Heritage Trees (PDF - updated 03/07/11)
Nominate a Tree: Online Format | Word Format | PDF Format
SDOT Urban Forestry Arborist's Office
P.O. Box 34996
Seattle, WA 98124-4996
Fax # (206) 615-0899