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West U Trees Available

October 15, 2014 By:Anne Marie Kilday

Local News

This fall and winter, West U once again will be planting trees from the Tree Trust.
The West University Place Tree Trust was established as a means to preserve and diversify the city’s urban forest. The Tree Trust is funded by payments from residents and contractors who remove trees for the construction of homes, garages, pools or other structures, when there is not enough space for the minimum required replacement plantings.
The West University Tree Trust is maintained by Trees for Houston a volunteer non-profit 501(c)(3) organization in Houston dedicated to the orderly planting of street trees along Houston’s major arterial streets and freeways.
Funds donated to the West U Tree Trust are only used in the City of West University Place.
The current donation rate is $125 per diameter inch and $1150 for each 4″ tree required.
Residents who wish to apply to receive a tree can stop by Development Services at 3826 Amherst and fill out an application, or download the application at www.westutx.gov, fill it out and mail it in. The deadline for applications is Friday, November 28.
Trees from the Tree Trust may only be planted in the street right-of-way.The tree will be approximately 10 feet tall and 2 inches in caliper.
Larger trees may be purchased at the rates included on the Tree Trust application.
Contact Craig Koehl, Urban Forester, at (713) 662-5313 or ckoehl@westutx.gov for more information.

2 Responses to “West U Trees Available”

  1. Y Not? Says:

    Great project.

    Sure wish however this community could use this to replace the invasive non-native Chinese Tallow trees that still appear on many street curbs in West U.

    From the Houston Chronicle: “This fall I have been seeing a tree with beautiful red leaves and someone told me it is a Chinese tallow tree. Can you tell me where I might buy one of these trees? Thank you.

    Answer:Triadica sebifera (syn. Sapium sebiferum), Chinese tallow, a native of China and Japan, does produce beautiful fall foliage; but, unfortunately, it is considered very invasive, and is listed right up there with the worst invasives such as hydrilla, kudzu, and tamarisk by Texas and other government entities. You can read an article, Chinese Tallow Tree Invades Texas Prairies, to learn about current research on the reason for its invasiveness and research on how to control it. So, obviously, we would not recommend purchasing and/or planting this tree.

  2. Bonnie Perry Says:

    My name is Bonnie and I work for Alliance for Community Trees, a
    nonprofit that supports tree planting across the country.

    This October is National NeighborWoods® Month, our annual campaign to plant
    and care for trees. Since 2005, over 170,000 volunteers have planted
    over 300,000 trees in all 50 states during National NeighborWoods
    Month!

    I’d read that you will be planting trees this month and next month.

    I want to invite you to participate in this year’s celebration by posting your October (and November) tree plantings on http://www.NeighborWoodsMonth.org. The site is a valuable source for volunteers to learn about opportunities locally.

    Please let me know if you have any questions or need any assistance.
    Thank you for being a tree advocate!
    Best regards,
    Bonnie

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