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Texas Municipal Tree Definitions
(Accuracy not guaranteed - please check with individual communities for updates)

 

Damage

 

Austin

means injury to a tree including: uprooting; severance of the root system or main trunk; storage of material or compaction of surrounding soil; a substantial change in the natural grade above a root system or around a trunk; pruning or removal of more than 25 percent of the living tissue; or surrounding with impervious paving materials.

 

Bunker Hill Village

shall mean any action that will, in reasonable probability, result in the tree's death, either immediately or within a period of three (3) years. Without limiting this definition, some examples are: severing the main trunk or large branches or large roots, girdling, poisoning, carving, mutilating, touching with live wires, piercing with nails or spikes, crushing or exposing the roots, digging or drilling any hole or trench larger than three (3) cubic feet within the critical root zone, covering with over three (3) inches of soil, or compacting the soil in the critical root zone.

 

El Paso

shall include, but not be limited to, the uprooting of a tree, severance of the root or branch system, the compaction of soil around a tree, a substantial change in the natural grade above a root system or around a trunk, or excessive pruning of living tissue.

 

Hedwig Village

means any action to a tree which would reasonably be expected to result in a tree's death, either immediately or after a reasonable period of time. Without limiting this definition, some examples of damage are severing the main trunk or large branches or large roots, girdling, poisoning, carving, mutilating, touching with live wires, and piercing with nails or spikes, crushing or exposing the roots, covering a substantial part of the critical root zone, or compacting a substantial part of the soil in the critical root zone.

 

Hillshire Village

to take any action which will result in a tree's death, either immediately or within a period of three (3) years, without limiting this definition, some examples of damages are: Severing the main trunk or large branches or large roots, poisoning, carving, mutilating, touching with live wires, piercing with nails or spikes, crushing or exposing the roots, digging or drilling any hole or trench larger than three (3) cubic feet within the Critical Root Zone, covering with over three (3) inches of soil or compacting the soil in the Critical Root Zone.

 

Hunters Creek Village

shall mean to take any action which will in reasonable probability result in the death of a tree either immediately or after a reasonable period of time. Some examples of damage include (without limitation): severing a main trunk or large branches or large roots, girdling, poisoning, carving, mutilating, touching with live wires, piercing with nails or spikes, crushing or exposing the roots, digging or drilling any hole or trench larger than three (3) cubic feet within the critical root zone, covering over a substantial portion of the critical root zone with two inches (2") or more of soil or other nonporous material or compacting a substantial part of the soil in the critical root zone (e.g. driving or parking a vehicle in the critical root zone, or otherwise placing heavy objects within the critical root zone).

 

League City

shall mean any action undertaken which causes injury, death or disfigurement to a tree. This includes, but is not limited to, cutting, poisoning, over-watering, relocation or transplanting a protected tree, or trenching, excavating or paving within the protected zone of a tree.

 

Pearland

to "damage" a tree means to take any action which could result in a tree's death, either immediately or after a period of two (2) years. Some examples of such action, which are not intended to limit this definition, are as follows: severing the main trunk or large branches or roots, girdling, poisoning, carving, mutilating, touching with live wires, piercing with nails or spikes, crushing or exposing the roots, digging or drilling any hole larger than three (3) cubic feet (a trench) within the critical root zone, covering a substantial part of the critical root zone or compacting a substantial part of the soil in the critical root zone.

 

Rockport

means to take any action which could cause a tree's death, either immediately or after a reasonable period of time, such as severing the main trunk or large branches or large roots, girdling, poisoning, carving, mutilating, touching with live wires, crushing or exposing roots, digging or drilling a hole larger than three cubic feet (or a trench) within the critical root zone, covering a substantial part of the critical root zone or compacting a substantial part of the soil in the critical root zone. The above are examples and are not intended to limit this definition.

 

West University Place

means to take any action which could result in a tree's death, either immediately or at any time within two years following the action. Some examples of such action, which are not intended to limit this definition, are as follows: severing the main trunk or large branches or large roots, girdling, poisoning, carving, mutilating, touching with live wires, piercing with nails or spikes, crushing or exposing the roots, digging or drilling any hole larger than three cubic feet (or a trench) within the critical root zone, covering a substantial part of the critical root zone or compacting a substantial part of the soil in the critical root zone.

 

Deadwood

 

Dickenson

shall mean limbs, branches, or a portion of a tree that contains no live foliage or living tissue during a period of the year when such foliage or tissue should be present.

 

League City

shall mean limbs, branches or a portion of a tree that contains no live foliage during a period of the year when they should be present.

 

Developed Land

 

Baytown

means that portion of real property which has been altered from its natural landscape by the construction or reconstruction of any structure, parking lot, or other improvement.

 

Burleson

the changing of the existing topography in order to promote the construction or structures or infrastructure to accommodate any improvements necessary to erect facilities for dwelling or commercial or industrial uses resulting in developed property.

 

Development Review Committee

 

Carrollton

a committee comprised of staff members from city departments as designated by the City Manager.

 

Diameter (DBH)

 

Bunker Hill Village

of a tree shall mean the trunk of a tree measured at a point on the tree four and one-half (4 1/2) feet above the surrounding ground level.

 

Carrollton

diameter at breast height (DBH), is the tree trunk diameter measured in inches at height of 4 1/2 feet above ground level.

 

Cleveland

means average diameter of a tree measured four feet above the ground level.

 

Coppell

means the diameter, in inches, of a tree as measured through the main trunk at a point four and one-half feet above the natural ground level.

 

Denton

of a tree shall mean the trunk of a tree measured at a point on the tree four and one-half (4 1/2) feet above the surrounding ground level.

 

Dickenson

diameter at breast height (DBH), is the tree trunk diameter measured in inches at height of 4 1/2 feet above ground level.

 

Fort Worth

means average diameter of a tree measured four feet above the ground level.

 

Ingleside

means diameter at breast height, which is the standard forestry practice of measuring a tree's diameter, circumference or caliper at an average height for 4 1/2 feet above natural grade level.

 

Lake Jackson

means the measurement of a tree at one (1) foot above ground level.

 

Lancaster

the DBH is measured four and one-half (4.5) feet from natural ground level.

 

Little Elm

diameter-at-breast-height (caliper) is calculated by measuring the tree trunk diameter in inches at a height of four and one-half feet above the ground. If a tree splits into multiple trunks below four and one-half feet, the tree shall be measured in two places, the narrowest point beneath the split and sum of the calipers of the trunks immediately above the split. Whichever is the greater measurement is to be the measurement applied. This measurement is used for existing trees.

 

McKinney

diameter-at-breast-height is tree trunk diameter measured in inches at a height of 4.5 feet above the ground. If a tree splits into multiple trunks below 4.5 feet, the trunk is measured at its most narrow point beneath the split. 

 

Oak Point

the tree trunk diameter measured in inches at a height of four and one-half feet above existing ground level. For single-trunk trees, the width shall be measured at four and one-half feet above existing ground level.
For multi-trunk trees, combine the diameter of the largest stem or trunk with one-half of the diameter of each additional stem or trunk, all measured at four and one-half feet above ground level.

 

Pearland

the diameter of the tree measured four and one-half (4 1/2) feet above the ground using a diameter tape.

 

Roanoke

the diameter at breast height (dbh) is the tree trunk diameter measured in inches at height of four and one-half feet (4 1/2') above ground level.

 

Rockport

means the diameter at breast height, or 4 1/2 feet above grade level. Divide circumference by 3.142 to calculate diameter. This is the standard forestry practice of measuring a tree's diameter or circumference.

 

Round Rock

shall mean the tree trunk diameter measured in inches at a height of 4.5 feet above natural grade or the DBH measurement according to the latest edition of the Guide for Plant Appraisal as published by the Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers, when the tree trunk branches out at a point lower than 4.5 feet.

 

Rowlett

means tree trunk diameter measured in inches at a height of four and one-half feet above the ground. If a tree splits into multiple trunks below four and one-half feet, the tree shall be measured in two places, the narrowest point beneath the split and one-half the sum of the calipers of the trunks immediately above the split. Whichever is the greater measurement is to be the measurement applied. If there is no single trunk above ground level to measure, the measurement shall be the sum of the main trunk, plus one-half of all other branches of the calipers of the various trunks at breast height.

 

Sealy

shall mean the measurement of a tree at 4 1/2 feet above ground level.

 

Tomball

shall mean the minimum diameter of a tree as measured six inches about the root collar for trees up to and including four inches in diameter and 12 inches above the root collar for trees having a larger diameter.

 

Director

 

Addison

means the director of parks and recreation who is the actual individual or his agent assigned to enforce this article. 

 

Baytown

means the director of planning, community development and inspections.

 

Denton

means the City of Denton Director of Planning and Development, or the director's designee.

 

Duncanville

shall mean the director of public works of the City of Duncanville or his designee

 

Houston

means the director of parks and recreation or the director's designee.

 

Little Elm

the Director of Community Development of the Town of Little Elm and includes his or her designee.

 

Dripline

 

Alamo Heights

the periphery of the area underneath a tree which would be encompassed by perpendicular lines projected down from the farthest edges of the crown of the tree.

 

Beaumont

a vertical line extending from the outermost edge of the tree canopy or shrub branch to the ground.

 

Cedar Hill

periphery of the area underneath a tree which would be encompassed by perpendicular lines dropped from the farthest edges of the crown of the tree.

 

Coppell

means the periphery of the area encompassing a tree determined by dropping imaginary vertical lines from the outermost portion of its canopy to the ground.

 

Denton

means the area beneath the canopy of a tree defined by a vertical line extending from the outermost edges of the tree branches to the ground.

 

Dickenson

shall mean the outermost edge of a tree's canopy.

 

Duncanville

a line on the ground equal to the spread of crown of the tree.

 

Fredericksburg

the periphery of the area beneath a tree that would be encompassed by perpendicular lines dropped from the farthest edges of the crown of the tree.

 

Grapevine

a vertical line run through the outermost portion of the crown of a tree and extending to the ground.

 

Houston

means an imaginary circle drawn around a tree, extending to the tree's branching limit.

 

Hunters Creek Village

shall mean an imaginary circle drawn around a tree extending to the outer tips of the largest branches.

 

Jersey Village

the periphery of the area underneath a tree which would be encompassed by perpendicular lines dropped from the farthest edges of the crown of the tree.

 

Kennedale

means a vertical line run through the outermost portion of the canopy of a tree and extending to the ground.

 

Lake Jackson

means the periphery of an area underneath a tree which would be encompassed by the perpendicular lines dropped from the outermost edges of the crown of the tree.

 

Lake Dallas

means a vertical line run through the outermost portion of the crown of a tree and extending to the ground.

 

Lancaster

a circular line, which follows the outermost portion of the canopy of a tree and extending to the ground.

 

League City

shall mean the outermost edge of a tree's canopy. When depicted on a map or plan, the drip line of a tree will generally appear as an irregularly-shaped circle that follows the contour of the tree's branches as seen from overhead.

 

Little Elm

a vertical line run through the outermost portion of the canopy of a tree and extending to the ground.

 

Mansfield

a vertical line run through the outermost portion of the canopy of a tree and extending to the ground.

 

McKinney

whichever is greater: A vertical line running through the outermost portion of the canopy of a tree and extending to the ground, or if the tree is damaged or deformed, a circular area with a radius equal to two feet per inch of caliper.

New Braunfels

means a vertical line extending from the outermost portion of the tree canopy to the ground.

 

North Richland Hills

means a vertical line run through the outermost portion of the canopy of a tree and extending to the ground.

 

Oak Point

a vertical line run through the outermost portion of the canopy of a tree and extended to the ground.

 

Pearland

an imaginary circle drawn around a tree, extending the same distance outward from the trunk to the trees branch limit.

 

Richland Hills

means a vertical line run from the outermost portion of a tree and extending to the ground forming a circular zone.

 

Roanoke

a vertical line run through the outermost portion of the canopy of a tree and extending to the ground, as reflected in Figure 2, or, if a tree is damaged or deformed, a circular area with a radius equal to two feet per caliper inch.

 

Round Rock

shall mean the periphery of the area underneath a tree which would be encompassed by perpendicular lines dropped from the farthest edges of the crown of the tree.

 

Rowlett

means a vertical line run through the outermost portion of the canopy of a tree and extending to the ground.

 

Sealy

shall mean the periphery of an area underneath a tree, which would be encompassed by the perpendicular line dropped from the outermost edges of the crown of the tree.

 

Stafford

means an imaginary circle drawn around a tree, extending to the tree's branching limit.

 

Tomball

shall mean the periphery of an area underneath a tree, which would be encompassed by the perpendicular line dropped from the outermost edges of the crown of the tree.

 

Weatherford

whichever is greater of: (1) a vertical line run through the outermost portion of the canopy of a tree and extending to the ground, or (2) if the tree is damaged or deformed as a result of tree growth or other cause, a circular area with a radius of one-half the height of the tree extending outward from the center point of the tree.

 

Webster

means the periphery of the area underneath a tree which would be encompassed by perpendicular lines dropped from the farthest edges of the crown of the tree.