Charlotte Tree Resources

We're All In This Together

Preserving and protecting trees is absolutely a collaborative effort, and there are many agencies, ordinances, programs, studies and services committed to the protection of trees and other natural resources. We feature some of these here, but if you need additional resource information, please contact us.

Charlotte’s Tree Ordinance

Charlotte’s Tree Ordinance plays a vital role in protecting and growing the city’s nationally recognized tree canopy. First adopted in 1978, the ordinance sets requirements for saving and planting trees on public and private property impacted by development. Learn more about the Charlotte Tree Ordinance on the City of Charlotte & Mecklenberg County web site.

Neighborhood breakdown of trees and their health

Charlotte maintains some 150,000 street trees across the city. But age is catching up to many of them. Click on this interactive map to see the of health of trees in specific neighborhoods.

Emerald Ash Borer is coming

The emerald ash borer (EAB) is a metallic green beetle that bores into ash trees eating the tissues beneath the bark, eventually killing the tree. The EAB is now found in many Midwestern and Eastern states and has already killed millions of ash trees. The City of Charlotte’s tree management group is working on an action plan to manage public trees and to provide information for citizens. Click here for additional EAB resources.

The Queen’s Crown

The Queen’s Crown is recognition of the majesty of our area tree canopy and an effort to change an idea to an entity. On this site, you will find several trees of note, their location on a Google map, and statistics such as height, diameter and spread. Additionally, there are many wonderful stories about these trees, some drawn from written records, others from urban legend, and perhaps a few that are total fabrication.

The Queen’s Crown also provides helpful tree care education, such as how-to information about Tree Pruning, Root Collar Excavations, and Healthy Soils.

Tree Canopy Study & Analysis for Charlotte/Mecklenburg County

With funding from the City of Charlotte, a detailed analysis of the region’s existing and potential tree canopy was conducted by the Spatial Analysis Laboratory at the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of the Environment and Natural Resources. Utilizing data from 2012, the study was a collaborative effort with Mecklenburg County, the City of Charlotte, SavATree, and the USDA Forest Service’s Northern Research Station. Download a PDF of this study.

Tree Owner’s Manual

From planting to ongoing maintenance, this guide from the North Carolina Urban Forest Council provides tips on caring for your trees and ensuring that they will thrive for many years to come. Download or print the manual.