If you would like to nominate a tree to be designated as a Treasured Tree, please e-mail us. Inclusion in the Treasured Tree program does not preclude a homeowner from caring for a tree, should it be damaged or become diseased. Homeowners whose trees are designated as Treasured Trees receive a plaque from the Commission that they may display on their tree.
And this is why, this tree happened to be in the way of the current road and due to the good will of a neighbor who donated part of his property to allow construction, the street was diverted, the tree was saved and today it is more charming than ever!
Norway Spruce, 10 Fairview Avenue
Sycamore, 132 Sunset Avenue
Red Oak, Forest Avenue School
Our first Treasured Tree for 2009 belongs to Eugene and Marie Corcoran, located in their front yard at 92 Pease Avenue in Verona. The tree is a White Oak, approximately 125 years old and 80 feet height.
Pictured from left, Marykate Dougherty, AJ Farro, Tom Dougherty, Verona Mayor Teena Schwartz, Brian Farro, Owen Dougherty, homeowners Eugene Corcoran and Marie Corcoran, Brian Dougherty, Colleen Dougherty, Deputy Mayor Frank Sapienza and Jerry Shimonaski, Verona Environmental Commission Chairman.
A beautiful Japanese Maple tree is the second Treasured Tree designated by the VEC this year. The tree is located in the front lawn of a wonderful house from 1919 located at 82 Morningside Road. It belongs to Pamela and David Blake who moved to Verona in 1981.The specimen is a large Acer palmatum, a species native to Japan, Korea and China.
From left, Francesca Cortese, Verona Mayor Teena Schwartz, VEC Co-Chair Cinzia Cortese, homeowners David and Pamela Blake and VEC Chairman Jerry Shimonaski.
Students from VHS Environmental Club nominated the pictured majestic Norway Spruce to be Verona’s Treasured Tree. Located in Verona High School at 151 Fairview Avenue, these trees support a wide variety of wildlife.
From left, students Parisa Hashemi, Edward Gorski, Alicia Petrozzino, Emma Pillette, Melanie Goldstein and Chelsea Stephens.
Photos courtesy of Gloria Machnowski
Pictured right is our second 2011 Treasured Tree, a magnificent Bur Oak (a fire-resistant tree) located at 51 Afterglow Ave. Also, a majestic Red Oak located at 21 Anne Street in Verona received Treasured Tree status this year. New Jersey designated the red oak (Quercus borealis maxima) as the official state tree in 1950.
And the third 2011 Treasured Tree is an American Sweetgum located at 26 Montrose Ave. near the entrance of the Children's House School (pictured below). A deciduous tree native to warm areas of eastern North America and tropical regions of Mexico and Central America. This is a good shade tree easily recognized by its star-shaped leaves and its woody, spiny, ball-like fruit.
The tree secretes an aromatic fluid, which when processed is called styrax. The Aztecs believed styrax to have medicinal properties. Pioneers once peeled the bark and scraped the resin-like solid to produce chewing gum. Sweetgum is second in production only to oaks among hardwoods and it is a favorite landscape tree due to its beautiful, glossy leaves and brilliant fall color.
See pictures of all our treasured trees below and check out our map to see their location.
View Verona Treasured Trees in a larger map
Horse-chestnut, 10 South Prospect Street
Japanese Maple, 82 Morningside Road
Ornamental Cherry, Brookdale School
Pin Oak, 320 Bloomfield Avenue
Red Oak, 42 Martin Road