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Approved, Recommended & Not Approved Trees

APPROVED JAMESTOWN STREET TREE LIST

Street trees are those on the town's right-of-way, generally 10 feet back from the street curb, and on public land. They’re intended to provide shade and cover for paved surfaces, reducing run-off and reflected heat. Street trees also improve the curb appeal of a neighborhood and increase real estate values (as much as 20%).

Landowners need a permit from the Town's Tree Warden to plant, trim or remove trees on their property's right-of-way. The following list of street trees are for use in Jamestown. Selections were derived from past experience and various technical publications

 

TALL TREES OVER 40' TALL

Mature street trees should provide a canopy of shade and have a mature height of 45 feet or more. Where road width permits, tree selection will be made from the following list of tall trees.

FOR USE ANYWHERE ON THE ISLAND (Native trees):

FOR USE ONLY IN THE VILLAGE OR JAMESTOWN SHORES (Non Native):

FOR USE ONLY OUTSIDE THE VILLAGE OR JAMESTOWN SHORES (Native):

MEDIUM TREES 20' TO 40' TALL

For use only on narrow streets or where overhead wires pose a problem. Landowners should trim trees as per the Town's ordinances to permit parking and pedestrian traffic.

FOR USE ANYWHERE ON THE ISLAND:

FOR USE ONLY IN THE VILLAGE OR JAMESTOWN SHORES:

THE FOLLOWING ARE NOT RECOMMENDED FOR USE ON THE ISLAND

  • Acer platanoides, Norway Maple – highly invasive non-native of federal concern. It out-competes native species in woodlands. It is now, illegal to sell this tree in Connecticut or Massachusetts.

  • Acer pseudoplatanus, Sycamore Maple -- has demonstrated an invasive tendency, meaning it may escape from cultivation and naturalize in minimally managed areas.

  • Acer ginnala, Amur Maple – another tree with invasive tendencies.

  • Cornus florida, American Dogwood – this attractive tree is dying off in the area due to a fungus, Discula destructiva.

  • Fraxinus ssp. Ash – alien Emerald Ash Borer is killing trees in the mid-west and is rapidly spreading to the east. It is expected to reach New England.

  • Ginkgo biloba ,Ginkgo - Although popular, this tree is out of character in a traditional New England village.

  • Koelreuteria paniculata, Goldenrain Tree – has demonstrated an invasive tendency.

  • Phellodendron amurense, Amur Cork Tree – has demonstrated an invasive tendency.

  • Quercus robur, English Oak – this species is in decline in Southern Rhode Island.