Treasured Trees

Nominate a 2017 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 send us an email to 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.

Verona's 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

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

White Oaks

The 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 former Mayor Teena Schwartz, Brian Farro, Owen Dougherty, homeowners Eugene Corcoran and Marie Corcoran, Brian Dougherty, Colleen Dougherty, Deputy Mayor Frank Sapienza and Jerry Shimonaski, former Verona Environmental Commission Chairman.

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.

Former Treasured Trees

Some treasured trees were removed by property owners due to ice or lighting damage, construction or disease. Students from VHS Environmental Club nominated the pictured majestic Norway Spruce located at VHS (151 Fairview Avenue) to be Verona’s Treasured Tree in 2009. The tree was removed a few years later. From left, students Parisa Hashemi, Edward Gorski, Alicia Petrozzino, Emma Pillette, Melanie Goldstein and Chelsea Stephens.

The Forest Avenue School treasured tree was a Red Oak, nominated in 2004 and removed several years later. Laning Avenue School treasured tree from 2005 was an Ornamental Cherry, removed during construction. We are working with the BOE so all schools in Verona have a treasured tree again!

Photos courtesy of Gloria Machnowski

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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

American Sweetgum, 26 Montrose Avenue

Bur Oaks

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.