Treasured Trees

Do you have a treasured tree?

Do you have one of Verona's great trees in your yard? The Verona Environmental Commission is looking to expand its Treasured Tree program. This program recognizes beautiful, mature trees and the homeowners who care for them. These trees add great beauty to Verona and improve our environment.

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.

Current Treasured Trees

This is one of the oldest Treasured Trees in Verona, a  150 year old American Black Walnut located at 14 Manor Road. If you walk by you will notice that the street turns around the 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!

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Norway Spruce, 10 Fairview Avenue


Red Oak, 21 Ann Street




Sycamore, 132 Sunset Avenue


Red Oak, Forest Avenue School

Pin Oak, 11 Stonewood Parkway


Douglas Fir, 243 Fairview Avenue



Ornamental Cherry, F.N.Brown School


American Black Walnut, 14 Manor Road


Bur Oak, 51 Afterglow Avenue

American Sweetgum, 26 Montrose Avenue

2009 Treasured Trees

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

2011 Treasured Trees

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.

The Treasured Tree Map

View Verona Treasured Trees in a larger map



Willow Oak, 66 Oakridge Road


Scarlet Oak, 44 Mountain Road


Horse-chestnut, 10 South Prospect Street

Japanese Maple, 82 Morningside Road

Ornamental Cherry, Brookdale School

White Oak, 92 Pease Avenue


Pin Oak, 320 Bloomfield Avenue


Red Oak, 42 Martin Road

American Beech, 22 Chestnut Road

Norway Spruce, 151 Fairview Avenue


2010 Treasured Trees

Verona’s first Treasured Tree for 2010 was a large Horse-chestnut located on 10 South Prospect Street just few steps from Bloomfield Avenue. This deciduous tree native to the Balkans Mountains in southeast Europe is also known as Conker tree. Its white flowers are the symbol of Kiev, capital of Ukraine. In spring the tree produces green fruits containing nut-like seeds called conkers. The nuts are not edible but children in Britain and Ireland use it to play a popular game called “Conkers”. Horse-chestnuts can also be used as beads to make jewelry. A famous specimen was the Anne Frank Tree located in the center of Amsterdam. The following trees also received "Treasured Tree" status in 2010: a Scarlet Oak at 44 Mountain Road and a Willow Oak at 66 Oakridge.




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