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Celebrate Trees in the Yard
Have some green space around your home or business? Consider planting a tree to honor a special person or event in your life. You will help the environment, beautify your yard and have a lasting remembrance that grows year after year!

Tree Planting & Care
In Norfolk, the ideal time to plant a tree is between October 15 and March 31. During these months, weather conditions are cool and allow for root establishment before spring rains and summer sun promote top growth. However, you may plant a tree at anytime, provided you are attentive to its care, particularly watering.

The city does not prune trees around overhead utility lines, such as those for Dominion Power, Cox Communications, etc. This is the responsibility of the utility company whose lines are within that overhead easement. Dominion prunes trees on a an approximate 3 year cycle, and the communications companies only prune when there is a current disruption in the transmission of their data.
Citizens concerned about tree limbs near overhead power lines should contact Dominion Power at 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357).

Detailed instructions for planting, pruning and other tree care topics are set forth by the International Society of Arboriculture.

For individuals and businesses lacking space to plant a tree, donating to the Living Legacy Grove fund is a great way to give back to your community and help the environment. A personalized recognition certificate from the City of Norfolk suitable for framing or scrapbooking is provided to all donors.

Note to Homeowners
Always call Miss Utility before digging, so that utilities such as underground water, sewer and telephone may be marked for damage prevention. Dial 811 or 1-800-552-7001 at least three working days before beginning any digging project.

Recommended Trees for Norfolk
  • Small Ornamental Trees (less than 30 feet)
    • American Smoketree - Cotinus obovatus (native)
    • Dogwood - Cornus florida (native)
    • Eastern Redbud - Cercis canadensis (native)
    • Fringe Tree - Chionanthus virginicus (native)
    • Prariefire Flowering Crabapple - Malus 'Prairiefire' (native)
    • Sweetbay Magnolia - Magnolia virginiana (native)
    • Witchhazel - Hamamelis virginiana (native)
  • Medium to Large Trees (40 to 100 feet)
    • American Elm - Ulmus americana 'Princeton' or 'Valley Forge' (native) 
    • American Persimmon - Diospyros virginiana (native) 
    • Bald Cypress - Taxodium distichum (native) 
    • Black Gum - Nyssa sylvatica (native) 
    • Northern Red Oak - Quercus rubra (native) 
    • Overcup Oak - Quercus lyrata (native) 
    • Pond Cypress - Taxodium ascendens (native) 
    • Sourwood - Oxydendron arboreum (native) 
    • Southern Live Oak - Quercus virginiana (native) 
    • Southern Red Oak - Quercus falcata (native) 
    • Swamp White Oak - Quercus bicolor (native) 
    • Willow Oak - Quercus phellos (native) 
    • Winged Elm - Ulmus alata (native)
  • Windbreaks or Ornamental
    • American Arborviate - Thuja occidentalis (native)
    • American Holly - Ilex opaca (native)
    • Atlantic White Cedar - Chamaecyparis thyoides (native)
    • Dwarf Palmetto - Sabal palmetto / Sabal minor (native)
    • Eastern Red Cedar - Juniperus virginiana (native)
    • Loblolly Pine - Pinus taeda (native)
    • Longleaf Pine - Pinus palustris (native)
    • Southern Magnolia - Magnolia grandiflora (native)