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Environmental programs

In order to encourage growth and nature in our community, we have multiple programs to compensate those who help preserve our beautiful community

Private Canopy Tree Maintenance Program

The undersigned, a current homeowner in the Town, wishes to participate in the Private Canopy Tree Maintenance Program. By participating, I understand and agree to the following:

  • Program participants must be a homeowner in the Town.

  • Maintenance work completed on private Canopy Trees is eligible for reimbursement. Maintenance work includes pruning and cabling of Canopy Trees. A Canopy Tree is defined hereunder as a tree with a trunk that measures at least twenty four (24) inches in circumference at four and one-half (41/2) feet above ground.

  • The Program will reimburse a homeowner fifty percent (50%) of the costs associated with eligible tree maintenance activities, up to a maximum of $1,000 per homeowner.

    • The maintenance must be performed by a Maryland licensed tree expert/arborist.

    • If approved, the undersigned acknowledges that reimbursement may take up to eight (8) weeks from the date an invoice is submitted to the Town.

    • In consideration for making the Private Tree Maintenance Program available and providing financial assistance thereunder, the undersigned hereby certifies and agrees that you (a) have read this document in its entirety, and (b) understand and agree that the Town will not be responsible for the work of your chosen contractor or the Town Consulting Arborist, and (c) agree to abide by all of the terms and agreements of the Program, and (d) hereby release, indemnify, and hold harmless the Town and all of its officers, employees, contractors, and agents from all suits, actions, damages, and costs which may result from the work, or other information or opinions, provided by the contractor, or the Town Consulting Arborist, to the undersigned or the undersigned’s agents.

Private Canopy Tree Maintenance Program

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Private Tree Planting Program

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Alternate Leaf Pagoda (Dogwood) (Cornus alternifolia)

Small tree that can be grown as single or multi trunked specimen. General crown form is oval to round but it has a unique horizontally layered branching structure. Flat clusters of small white flowers in spring. Small blue-black berries readily eaten by birds. Does well in full sun or shade. Does not tolerate hot dry sites.

American Holly (flex opaca)

Dense, pyramidal in youth, opening up with age. Plant in moist, well drained soil. Full sun or partial shade. Many cultivars. Foliage provides cover for songbirds and ma mm el 5.

American Hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana)

Also known as blue beech, musciewood, and ironwood. Small, medium to slow growing tree with beechlike leaves and silver bark. Not a showy bloomer. Upright rounded canopy, grows to 20 feet, some grow taller.

American Wild Plum (Prunus Americana)

Hundreds of fruiting and non-fruiting varieties available. Rounded vase shape with dense canopy. Flowers appear before leaves, in May.


Crab Apple (Malus)

Homeowners should pick a variety that is both upright in form and bred for disease resistance. Gorgeous in bud, flower, and fruit, although dropped fruit can be messy.Suitable street tree varieties include Adirondack, Autum Glory, Donald Syman, Narrangansett, and Professor Sprenger, all white flowering. Prairifire has magenta flowers. Thunderchild is a 15 footer with pink blossoms.


Eastern Redbud (Cercis Canadensis)

Native woodland tree functions nicely as a street tree, growing to 15 to 20 feet when pressed into curbside duty.


Fig (Ficus carica)

Flowers are invisible and fruit wasp enters fruit to pollinate it. Trees provide a tropical look in the northern landscape. Large rough textured, bright green leaves. Up to 20 feet in protected location


Flowering Cherry (Prunus)

Classic variety around Washington’s Tidal Basin is Yoshino, fine for street use and rarely grows to more than 20 feet. Kwanzan, with magenta-pink double flowers, is another stalwart. Snow Goose is white-flowered and upright, grows to just 20 feet.


Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida)

Like the redbud, this native tree is unlikely to reach great spreading age if planted at the roadside. It is particularly suited to front yards near power lines. An alternative is the more upright and larger kousa dogwood (Cornus kousa).

Fringe Tree (Chionanthus virginicus)

Slow-growing tree (to 20 feet) that prefers moist, fertile soils and full sun. Excellent specimen tree or in groups and borders. Limited wildlife value.


Japanese Tree Lilac (Syringa reticulate)

Upright, this tree form of lilac blooms in early June with white flowers. Although it isn’t particularly fragrant, it is a sturdy tree suited for street use.


Pawpaw (Asimina triloba)

Can grow up to 35 feet, leaves do not do well in strong windy areas. Dark green, oblong, drooping leaf that can grow up to 12 inches long. Flowers mid to late spring.


Persimmon (Diospyros ebenaceae)

Can be multi stem or single stem trunk. Glossy, simply, leaves up to 7 inches long and 4 inches wide. Flowers mid to late spring.


Serviceberry (Amelanchier)

Serviceberries grow as large shrubs or small trees, depending on species and individual form. Select one that has a single trunk. The Autumn Brilliance hybrid is favored for its tree form and red fall color.


Silverbell (Halesia Carolina)

Clusters of bell shaped white flowers in early spring. Good tree for shady corners or woodland borders. Requires high acidity. Can grow to 40 feet.


Snowbell (Styrax americanus)

White bell shaped flowers in late spring and early summer. Narrow leaves. Attracts nectar insects and fruit birds. Needs wet soil.


Sourwood (Oxydendrum aboreum)

Can grow to 25 feet. Drooping 10 inch long fragrant white flowers in mid June to late July.


Sweetbay Magnolia (Magnolia virginiana)

This small native magnolia grows to 20 feet with attractive gray-green leaves. White blossoms appear in late spring. It likes moist conditions, but can endure drought once established. An alternative is the Galaxy magnolia, which is stouter and symmetric but still upright and short enough for street use. Its pink blossoms appear in early spring.


Trident maple (Acer buergerianum)

This Asian maple grows to about 20 feet with great fall color. An alternative is the paperbark maple (Acer griseum), which is slow-growing with beautiful peeling cinnamon bark but is hard to find and somewhat expensive.


Washington hawthorn (Crataegus phaenopyrum)

This heattolerant species of hawthorn grows to about 20 feet in a street setting. Princeton Sentry is an almost thornless variety, A suitable alternative is the Winter King variety of green hawthorn, which is sharply thorny. Dense thorns make excellent nesting sites for songbirds. Should not be used in high traffic areas.

This list was compiled from several sources that identified understory trees suitable for our location and does not reflect the personal interest of the Citizens’ Committee. Please contact the Citizens’ Committee if you would like further information on the sources relied upon to compile the list. Please choose your trees with care, considering your location, the growth habit shape, consequences of fruiting trees, etc. The Oakmont Special Taxing District is not responsible for the health and maintenance of trees selected from this list. Trees not on this list are not eligible for the Oakmont understory tree reimbursement program.

Private Tree Planting Program

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Electric Leaf Blower Program

If you own a gas powered leaf blower, you can receive up to $300 towards an electric one. Simply turn in your gas blower and provide a receipt for the purchase of the electric one.

Composting Program

We cover the costs of the Veteran Compost Program ( they provide weekly collection of your "green bin" food scraps and deliver a bag of compost to each participant twice per year.

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