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Heritage Trees

Auburn is recognized by the National Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA, which recognizes communities that effectively manage their urban forest and meet four TREE CITY USA standards. The standards including having a tree governing body; maintaining a comprehensive community forestry program that spends at least $2 per capita on the urban forest; maintaining a tree care ordinance; and holding an annual celebration related to Arbor Day.

The City seeks to protect any unique, rare or endangered species of plants found within the City as part of its Comprehensive Plan and the Urban Tree Board works with the community to nominate tree stewards for their community service of preserving unique trees within the City of Auburn. Promoting the preservation and beautification of trees assists in enhancing wildlife habitat, improving air quality, and reducing soil erosion.

Tulip Tree

Tulip Tree
2005 Heritage Tree
321 – 4th St SE

Oak Tree

 Oak Tree
2007 Heritage Tree
901 E Main

Oak Tree 2008

Oak Tree
2008 Heritage Tree
5000 Auburn Way S 

London TreesLondon Plane Trees (2)
2009 Heritage Tree
12 G St NW

2012 Oak TreeOak Tree
2012 Heritage Tree
37th & R St SE

Alaskan Cedar TreeAlaskan Cedar Tree
2013 Heritage Tree
Les Gove Park 910 – 9th St SE

Oregon Myrtle TreeOregon Myrtle Tree
2014 Heritage Tree
1008 4th St NE

Weeping WillowWeeping Willow Tree
2014 Heritage Tree
400 – 15th St SW (GSA)
Tree blew over in windstorm

Chinese Empress Tree

Chinese Empress Tree
2018 Heritage Tree
405 E St NE

Douglas FirDouglas Fir Tree
2019 Heritage Tree
Auburndale Park 31802 108th Ave SE

Red OakRed Oak Tree
2023 Heritage Tree
201 R St NE

What is a heritage tree? A heritage tree is typically a large, individual tree with unique value, which is considered irreplaceable. The major criteria for heritage tree designation are age, rarity, and size, as well as aesthetic, botanical, ecological, and historical value. To be considered for heritage tree status, please email Thaniel Gouk.