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

 

Thinning

 

El Paso

is the selective removal of live branches to reduce crown density. Thinning is focused at the outside edge of the crown because the majority of small branches are, in that area.  Proper thinning retains crown shape and should result in an even distribution of branches and foliage throughout the crown.

 

Thinning, Selective

 

Kennedale

means the removal of selected trees from within a densely forested area.

 

Lancaster

the removal of selected trees from within a forested area. The purpose of Selective Thinning is to improve the health and natural growth form of remaining trees or remove invasive and sometimes non-native species.

 

Mansfield

the removal of selected trees from within a densely forested area.

 

North Richland Hills

means selective clearing of undesirable trees to allow unrestricted growth of young vigorous trees, especially hardwoods. Fifty to 60 percent shade is more desirable and conducive to all activities. Dense shade is the least desirable. On densely wooded properties selective thinning may be used to accomplish a required tree survey on the property.

 

Oak Point

the removal of selected trees from within a densely forested area.

 

Topping

 

Coppell

is defined as the severe cutting back of limbs to stubs larger than three inches in diameter within the tree's crown to such a degree as to remove the normal canopy and disfigure the tree.

 

Denton

means the severe cutting back of limbs to stubs larger than three inches in diameter within the tree's crown to such a degree that removal of the top canopy disfigures and invites probable disease to the tree.

 

El Paso

is defined as the severe reduction of the tree’s size using heading cuts that shorten limbs or branches back to a predetermined crown size or limit with the result of reducing the natural canopy or disfigure the tree.

 

Grapevine

the severe cutting back of limbs to stubs larger than three inches in diameter within the tree's crown to such a degree so as to remove the normal canopy and disfigure the tree.

 

Highland Village

means the severe cutting back of limbs to stubs within a tree's crown to such a degree so as to remove the normal canopy, thereby disfiguring the tree.

 

Kennedale

means the severe cutting back of limbs to stubs larger than three (3) inches in diameter within the tree's crown to such a degree so as to remove the normal canopy and disfigure the tree.

 

Lancaster

the severe cutting back of limbs to stubs larger than three inches in diameter within the tree’s crown to such a degree so as to remove the normal canopy and disfigure the tree. Trees severely damaged by storms or other causes, or certain trees under utility wires or other obstructions where other pruning practices are impractical, may be exempted from this ordinance at the determination of the Landscape Administrator or designee.

 

Mansfield

the severe cutting back of limbs to stubs larger than three inches in diameter within the tree’s crown to such a degree so as to remove the normal canopy and disfigure the tree.

 

McKinney

the severe cutting back of limbs to stubs larger than three inches in caliper within the tree's crown to such a degree so as to remove the normal canopy and disfigure the tree.

 

Oak Point

the severe cutting back of limbs to stubs larger than three inches in diameter within the tree's crown so as to remove the normal canopy and disfigure the tree.

 

Odessa

means the severe cutting back of limbs to stubs within a tree's crown to such a degree so as to remove the normal canopy, thereby disfiguring the tree.

 

Round Rock

shall mean the severe cutting back of limbs to stubs larger than three inches in diameter within the tree's crown to such a degree that removal of the top canopy disfigures and invites diseases to the tree.

 

Weatherford

the severe cutting back of limbs to stubs larger than three inches in diameter within the tree's crown to such a degree so as to remove the normal canopy and disfigure the tree.

 

Tree

 

Addison

A. A woody plant having one well-defined stem or multi-trunk system and more or less definitely formed crown, and usually attaining a mature height of at least eight feet. B. A plant listed as a tree in any of the following:
Forest Trees of TX, Hortus Third, The Audubon Society's Field Guide to North American Trees, or a list of trees prepared by the town's PARD

 

Alamo Heights

A. A woody plant having one well defined stem or trunk and a more or less definitely formed crown and usually attaining a mature height of at least eight (8) feet. B. A plant listed as a tree in any of the following:
"Forest Trees of Texas," by the Texas Forest Service of Texas A & M University System, Simon and Shuster's "Guide to Trees.", The Audubon Society's "Field Guide to North American Trees."


Austin

means a self-supporting woody perennial plant, excluding a bush or shrub, with a trunk diameter measured at four and one-half feet above grade of: not less than three inches; or not less than two inches if planted by or on behalf of the city.


Baytown

means any self-supporting woody plant with one well-defined trunk two inches in diameter or greater.

 

Bunker Hill Village

shall mean a long-lived, branching, woody plant, usually with one (1) main stem or trunk, and having a diameter of at least five (5) inches.

 

Carrollton

any self-supporting, woody perennial plant which will attain a trunk diameter of two inches or more when measured at a point six inches above ground level.

 

Cedar Hill

A tree shall be defined as follows and will qualify as such if either of the following are met: A woody plant having a present height greater than ten (10) feet and a trunk diameter greater than two (2) inches; A plant listed as a tree in any of the following: A tree listed in the selected plant list provided by the city and A tree listed in "The Trees of North Texas" by Robert Vines.

 

Coppell

for the purposes of article 34, division 2, any self-supporting woody perennial plant which has a trunk DBH of six inches or greater which normally attains an overall height of at least 20 feet at maturity, usually with one main stem or trunk and many branches.

 

Dickenson

shall mean woody a plant having a well-defined trunk, defined crown, and a height at maturity of twenty (20) feet.

 

Duncanville

any self-supporting, woody perennial plant which will attain a trunk diameter of two inches or more when measured at a point 24 inches above natural ground level.

 

El Paso

shall mean any self-supporting woody perennial plant typically having a mature trunk(s) diameter of at least three inches measured at 12 inches above grade.

 

Frisco

any self-supporting woody perennial plant which has one well defined trunk diameter of four and one-half (4½”) inches or more in diameter when measured at a point four and one-half feet (4’-6”) above the natural ground level and which normally attains a height of at least twelve (12’) feet at maturity.

 

Hedwig Village

means a woody plant, having one well-defined stem or trunk and a defined crown, and which is either (i) grown to at least one-third of its projected mature height, or (ii) has a circumference of 20 inches or more.

 

Highland Village

means a woody perennial plant having one or more elongated stems; such term also includes shrubs and bushes.

 

Hidalgo

means any self-supporting woody plant of species that normally grow to an overall height of a minimum of 15 feet in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Palm trees are also included in this category.

 

Hillshire Village

a long-lived, branching, woody plant, usually with one main stem, and, for purposes of this article, with a diameter of at least eight (8) inches.

 

Houston

means any evergreen or deciduous tree which at the time of planting has a caliper equal to or greater than 1 1/2 inches as measured six inches above the root collar, which is not less than six feet in height as measures from the root collar, and which meets the Standard for Nursery Stock Specifications as established by the American Association of Nurserymen (1986 ed.).

 

Ingleside

means a living woody plant having one well-defined stem or trunk and more or less definitely formed crown, and usually attaining a mature height of at least eight feet.

 

Irving

a woody single- or multi-trunk stem, when at maturity will obtain a minimum four (4) inch trunk when measured four (4) feet from base grade; A tree listed in the selective plant list as provided by the City of Irving; or A tree listed in the "Trees of North Texas" by Robert Vines.

 

Jersey Village

A woody plant having one well-defined stem or trunk having a more or less definitely formed crown, and ordinarily attaining a mature height of not less than six feet.

 

Kennedale

means any self-supporting, woody, perennial plant which will attain a trunk diameter of two (2) inches or more when measured at a point four and one-half (4 1/2) feet above ground level and normally an overall height of at least fifteen (15) feet at maturity, usually with one (1) main stem or trunk and many branches. It may appear to have several stems or trunks as in several varieties of oaks.

 

La Marque

any living self-supporting woody plant having at least one well defined stem and growing to a minimum clear wood height of five feet.

 

Lake Dallas

means any self-supporting woody perennial plant which has a trunk diameter of three inches or more when measured at a point of 4 1/2 feet above ground level, and which normally attains an overall height of at least 20 feet at maturity, usually with one main stem or trunk and many branches. It may appear to have several stems or trunks as in several varieties of oak.

 

Lancaster

any self-supporting woody perennial plant, which will attain a trunk diameter of two inches (2") or more when measured at a point four and one-half feet (4.5’) above ground level and normally an overall height of at least fifteen feet (15') at maturity, singular or multi-trunk. The diameter of a multi-trunk tree shall be determined by adding the total diameter of ½ diameter of each additional trunk to the diameter of the largest trunk.

 

League City

shall mean a woody plant having one well-defined stem or trunk, a defined crown and a mature height of at least eight feet.

 

Lockhart

shall be defined and will qualify as such if it is a tree listed in class I in an article entitled "Evaluation of Texas Shade Trees" by Robert S. Dewers and Alan D. Dreesen, which will be on file in the City of Lockhart Inspection Department.

 

Mansfield

any self-supporting woody perennial plant which will attain a trunk diameter of two inches (2") or more when measured at a point four and one-half feet (4.5’) above ground level and normally an overall height of at least fifteen feet (15’) at maturity, usually with one (1) main stem or trunk and many branches. It may appear to have several stems or trunks as in several varieties of oaks.

 

McAllen

means any self-supporting woody plant of a species which normally grows to an overall height of a minimum of 15 feet in the lower Rio Grande Valley of the state.

 

McKinney

any self-supporting woody plant which will attain a trunk caliper of two inches or more when measured at a point four and one-half feet above ground level and normally an overall height of at least 15 feet with a canopy of at least 15 feet in caliper at maturity. A tree may have one main stem or trunk or several stems or trunks.

 

New Braunfels

is a woody plant having a well defined stem, trunk, or multi-trunk and a more or less definitely formed crown, usually attaining a mature height of at least eight feet.

 

Oak Point

any self-supporting woody perennial plant that will attain a trunk diameter of two inches or more when measured at a point four and one-half feet above ground level and normally an overall height of at least 15 feet at maturity, usually with one main stem or trunk and many branches. It may appear to have several stems or trunks as in several varieties of oaks.

 

Odessa

means a woody perennial plant having one (1) or more elongate stems; such term also includes shrubs and bushes.

 

Paris

a tree shall be defined and will qualify as such if either of the following is met: A woody plant having one well-defined stem or trunk and a more or less definitely formed crown, and usually attaining a mature height of at least eight (8) feet; or A plant listed as a tree in any of the following: Forest Trees of Texas, by the Texas Forest Service of the Texas A and M University System. Simon and Schuster's Guide to Trees. The Audubon Society's Field Guide to North American Trees. A list of trees prepared by the city parks department.

 

Pearland

a woody plant having one well-defined stem or trunk, a defined crown and a mature height of at least eight (8) feet.

 

Pharr

means any self-supporting woody plant of a species which normally grow to an overall height of a minimum of 15 feet in the lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Palm trees are also included in this category.

 

Roanoke

any self-supporting, woody perennial plant which will attain a trunk diameter of two inches (2") or more when measured at a point six inches (6") above ground level.

 

Rockport

means a woody plant having one well-defined stem or trunk and more or less definitely formed crown, and usually attaining a mature height of at least eight (8) feet.

 

Round Rock

shall mean any self-supporting, woody perennial plant usually having a single trunk with a diameter of no less than two inches at maturity, measured at one foot above grade, and which normally grows to an overall height of no less than twelve (12) feet in central Texas.

 

Sealy

shall mean any self-supporting wood plant of a species that normally grows to an overall height of a minimum of 15 feet in Austin County.

 

Spring Valley

shall mean a long-lived, branching, woody plant, usually with one main stem, which may attain a height of fifty feet (50') or more.

 

Stafford

means any evergreen or deciduous tree which at the time of planting has a caliper equal to or greater than two inches as measured six inches above the root collar, which is not less than six feet in height as measured from the root collar, and which meets the standard for nursery stock specifications as established by the American Association of Nurserymen (1986 Ed.).

 

Tomball

shall mean any self-supporting wood plant, evergreen or deciduous, which at the time of planting has a caliper equal to or greater than two inches as measured six inches about the root collar, which is not less than six feet in height as measured from the root collar, and shall be of a species that normally grows to an overall height of a minimum of 15 feet in the county.

 

Weatherford

any self-supporting wood perennial plant which will attain a trunk diameter of two inches or more when measured at a point four and one-half feet above ground level and normally an overall height of at least 15 feet at maturity, usually with one main stem or trunk and many branches. It may appear to have several stems or trunks as in several varieties of oaks.

 

Webster

means a woody plant having one well-defined stem or trunk not less than 3 1/2 inches in diameter at a point six inches from the ground, having a more or less definitely formed crown, and ordinarily attaining a mature height of not less than eight feet, provided that on lots in residential zoning districts, the stem or trunk shall be not less than two inches in diameter at a point six inches from the ground and the plant shall ordinarily attain a mature height of not less than six feet. Trees planted to satisfy the density (number of trees per specified square feet of area) requirements of this article should be of the following types: any type of oak, pecan, Texas redbud, sweet gum, southern magnolia, any type of pine, sycamore, flowering maple, bald cypress, winged elm, cedar elm, crape myrtle, Louisiana palm and Texas palm.

 

West University Place

means a woody plant having one well-defined stem or trunk, a defined crown and a mature height of at least eight feet.

 

Tree Health

 

Lancaster

the condition of the tree, including structural integrity, pest and/or pathogen related problems.

 

Tree List, Qualified

 

Dickenson

shall mean a list of acceptable trees as shown on attachment "A"* hereof.

 

League City

only those trees designated in this list are considered desirable and fall under this chapter. The city may designate additional trees at the request of the developer. Replacement trees shall be of the same species: Pecan, Cedar, Magnolia, Oak, Elm, Red Bud, Pines, Hickory, Maples.

 

Seabrook

means a list of acceptable trees approved by the city as shown on Attachment A to Ordinance No. 98-30. This list may be amended from time to time and approved by city council without amendment to this article. The most current list shall be made available to the public at all times.

 

Tree Mitigation Plan

 

Oak Point

a plan that requires replacement or payment of funds into a tree mitigation fund for those areas/trees that is subject to tree protection.

 

Tree Preservation Analysis

 

Conroe

means the field inspection performed by the city's urban forest professional which determines the number, type and location of specimen trees within tree preservation zones located upon commercial property within the city.

 

Tree Preservation Zone

 

Conroe

means the area adjacent to a street, side or rear property line which is designated under Section 102-61 for tree preservation or replacement planning.

 

Tree Technical Manual

 

Round Rock

shall mean the standards and specifications based on generally accepted practices developed by the Forestry Manager for sound arboricultural practices, techniques and procedures which shall serve as guidelines for trees regulated by this Section 3.1100, including but not limited to tree selection, planting, pruning, alteration, treatment, protection, and removal, as approved by City Council, maintained by the City Secretary and available through the Forestry Manager.

 

Tree Value/Appraised Value

 

Addison

means the appraised value of a tree based on the latest edition of the Guide for Plant Appraisal by the Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers.

 

Coppell

means the monetary value for a tree based on the formula established by The Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers (CTLA) and published by the International Society of Arboriculture.

 

Little Elm

an established value set by the National Arborist Association per the tree valuation schedule, set forth herein (see section 106-137) to be used for all purposes of this article.

 

Rowlett

means as established by the National Arborist Association per the Tree Valuation Schedule (appendix C) which is on file in the city secretary's office and made a part of this division by reference.

 

Tree, Champion

 

Round Rock

shall mean the largest tree of a species that is registered by the Forestry Manager in the Champion Tree Registry, is designated as a Monarch Tree by the City Council and shall serve as the benchmark for the designation of other Monarch Trees of that same species.

 

Tree, Corridor

 

Houston

means a tree of a species listed on the street tree list that has a caliper of 20 inches or more and is situated in the building setback area along a local street or along a major thoroughfare, other than a portion of a major thoroughfare that has been designated as a green corridor.

 

Tree, Deciduous

 

Houston

means those which shed their leaves at one time each year, usually in autumn.

 

Stafford

means those which shed their leaves at one time each year, usually in the autumn.

 

Tree, Designated (Landmark)

 

Denton

means a tree that has been determined to be of unique community value because of its size, specie, age, form, historical significance, or other unique characteristics.

 

Houston

means a specific tree designated by the city council as having particular historical or arboricultural significance under section 33-103 of this code.

 

Tree, Diversity

 

Lancaster

a condition wherein no single species of tree or plant material comprises more than 30% of the cumulative total of plantings on a site or of replacement trees required due to mitigation and remediation.

 

Tree, Evergreen

 

Dallas

means a tree of a species that normally retains its leaves throughout the year.

 

Duncanville

a tree of a species that normally retains its leaves throughout the year.

 

Houston

means those that do not lose all of their leaves at one time, though they shed their old leaves intermittently, as new leaves come out.

 

Rockwall

means a tree of a species which normally retains its leaves throughout the year.

 

Stafford

means those that do not lose all of their leaves at one time, though they shed their old leaves intermittently, as new leaves come out.

 

Tree, Existing

 

Baytown

means a tree which is located on the property prior to a new construction permit being issued by the city.

 

Helotes

large or mature trees, as herein defined, or live oak and native cedar elm trees having a nominal caliper of six inches or if branched below four and one-half feet measured at the narrowest trunk segment between the lowest branch and the natural grade, is considered in this article as an "existing tree".

 

Richland Hills

means a tree that exists on a development site prior to the construction of proposed improvements.

 

Tree, Healthy

 

Oak Point

a tree that is vigorously growing and is free of structural problems such as hollows or voids, free of disease, or insect problems and has a root system that is large enough to support its above-ground mass.

 

Tree, Heritage

 

Austin

means a tree that has a diameter of 24 inches or more, measured four and one-half feet above natural grade, and is one of the following species: Ash, Texas, Cypress, Bald, Elm, American, Elm, Cedar, Madrone, Texas, Maple, Bigtooth, All Oaks, Pecan, Walnut, Arizona, and Walnut, Eastern Black.

 

Lancaster

any tree planted and related to the heritage of the community, individual or homestead.

 

New Braunfels

means any tree attaining a circumference of one-half of the state record for that tree species as defined by the Texas Forest Service or having a trunk circumference of 75 inches or more (about 24 inches in diameter) measured four and one-half feet above the ground.

 

Pearland

means a significant tree located on a state designated historical site, within the Old Town Site, or within the floodplain.

 

Tree, Historic

 

Coppell

means any tree that has been so designated by the city council, after public hearing and due notice to the owner, as a tree of notable historical interest or value to the city because of its location within or historical association to the community. A listing and map of all designated historic trees shall be maintained and updated by the department of leisure services and made available to the public upon request.

 

Grapevine

a tree which has been found by the city to be of a notable historic interest because of its age, type, size or historic association and has been so designated as part of the official records of the city.

 

Lake Dallas

means a tree which has been found by the city to be of notable historic interest because of its age, type, size or historic association and which has been so designated as part of the official records of the city.

 

Lancaster

any tree that has been identified as having historical value (species, history, uniqueness) by the Tree Advisory Board and/or Landscape Administrator. The nomination for certification shall have a public hearing and be forwarded to the Council for confirmation. A listing of all trees so designated shall be maintained and updated by the Landscape Administrator and made available upon request to the public. (Tree Champion List is listed with Texas Forest Service.)

 

Oak Point

A healthy tree or tree stand that stands at a place where an event of protected/historic significance occurred that had local, regional, or national importance; or at the home of a citizen who is famous on a local, regional, or national basis. A tree or tree stand that has taken on a legendary stature to the community; is mentioned in literature or documents of protected/historic value; or is considered unusual due to size, age or has landmark status.

 

Tree, Large

 

Dallas

means a tree of a species that normally reaches a height of 30 feet or more upon maturity.

 

Duncanville

a tree that is a minimum of three inches in caliper [measured 24 inches above natural grade] and seven feet in height at the time of planting. At maturity, large trees shall have an average spread of crown of greater than 15 feet, and normally reaches a height of 30 feet or more. Trees having a lesser average mature crown span of 15 feet may be substituted by grouping the same so as to create the equivalent of 15 feet crown of spread.

 

Fort Worth

a tree twenty-seven (27) inches in diameter (84.82 inches in circumference) for the entire city or eighteen (18) inches in diameter (56.55 inches in circumference) for Post Oaks and Blackjack Oaks east of Interstate Highway 35 West.

 

Helotes

any tree having a nominal caliper of 24 inches or larger, or if branched below four and one-half feet measured at the narrowest trunk segment between the lowest branch and the natural grade, is considered in this article as a "large tree".

 

Jersey Village

a tree with an expected mature height of more than 50 feet, including most oaks, maples, pines, elms, hickories, and pecans.

 

Lake Jackson

means a tree of a species which normally reaches a height of at least thirty (30) feet or more upon maturity.

 

Paris

means a tree having a trunk circumference of at least ten (10) inches but less than sixty (60) inches measured four and one-half (4 1/2) feet above natural grade level.

 

Pearland

means a tree with a circumference of nineteen (19) inches or more. In case a tree is removed, it is presumed to have been a large tree if the diameter of the stump is six (6) inches or greater, measured in any direction.

 

Rockwall

means a tree of a species which normally reaches a height of thirty (30) feet or more upon maturity.

 

San Antonio

a tree of a species which normally reaches a height of thirty (30) feet or more upon maturity.

 

West University Place

means a tree with a circumference of 19 inches or more. In case a tree is removed, it is presumed to have been a large tree if the diameter of the stump is six inches or greater, measured in any direction.

 

Tree, Marginal

 

Kennedale

means a tree which the city has determined may or may not be worthy of preservation depending on the individual characteristics of the tree.

 

Mansfield

a tree which the City has determined may or may not be worthy of preservation depending on the individual characteristics of the tree.

 

Oak Point

a tree that is not listed as a protected/quality tree within this division and is not required to be preserved in accordance with this division.

 

Weatherford

a tree which the city has determined may or may not be worthy of preservation depending on the individual characteristics of the tree.

 

Tree, Monarch

 

Round Rock

shall mean a tree of a specific size or species that is specifically designated as a Monarch Tree by the Forestry Manager; a Champion Tree; or a tree of historic or unique significance that is specifically designated as a Monarch Tree by the City Council.

 

Tree, Multi-stem

 

Pearland

means a tree with two (2) or more trunks visibly connected above the ground.

 

Rowlett

means a tree with more than one trunk arising at or near the ground.

 

West University Place

means a tree with two or more trunks visibly connected above the ground.

 

Tree, Nonaesthetic

 

Bridge

means a woody perennial plant having one or more main stems less than two inches in diameter.

 

Tree, Ornamental

 

Addison

deciduous or evergreen tree planted primarily for its ornamental value or for screening purposes; tends to be smaller at maturity than a shade tree.

 

Balch Springs

means a deciduous or evergreen tree planted primarily for its ornamental value or screening purposes. Such tree tends to be smaller at maturity than a shade tree.

 

Little Elm

a relatively low growing tree at least seven feet at planting, that may grow to a mature height of up to 25 feet and a mature spread of up to 25 feet and provide color due to its fruit (berries), flowers or leaves. See the recommended plant materials chart for a listing of acceptable small ornamental tree varieties.

 

Tree, Park

 

Coppell

are trees, shrubs, bushes, and all other woody vegetation in public parklands within the city, all areas owned by the city, or to which the public has free access as a park.

 

Euless

means trees, shrubs, bushes and all other woody vegetation in public parks having individual names, and all areas owned by the city, or to which the public has free access as a park.

 

Grande Prairie

are herein defined as trees, shrubs, bushes and all other woody vegetation in public parks, having individual names, or to which the public has free access as a city park.

 

Kennedale

means trees in public parks and all areas owned by the city to which the public has free access to as a park.

 

Killeen

shall mean any trees, shrubs, bushes and all woody vegetation in city parks, and in all areas owned by the city and to which the public has access.

 

Lancaster

trees located in public parks and all areas owned by the City to which the public has free access to as a park.

 

Mansfield

trees in public parks and all areas owned by the City to which the public has free access to as a park.

 

Oak Point

trees in public parks and all areas owned by the city to which the public has free access to as a park.

 

Waco

shall mean trees, shrubs and all other woody vegetation in public parks having individual names and all other areas owned by the city or which the public has free access to as a park.

 

Weatherford

tree, shrubs, and all other woody vegetation in public parks and all areas owned by the city to which the public has free access as a park.

 

Tree, Parking Lot

 

Houston

means a tree of a species listed on the parking lot tree list and includes both large and small parking lot trees as provided on the list.

 

Tree, Parkway

 

Houston

means a tree of a species listed on the street tree list that is situated in the parkway area adjacent to any tract or parcel of land that has a caliper of 20 inches or more if the street right-of-way is not in a green corridor, or a caliper of 15 inches or more if the street right-of-way is in a green corridor.

 

Tree, Preserved

 

Fort Worth

any healthy tree retained for the purpose of meeting the requirements under Section 6.302

 

Lancaster

a protected tree shall be considered preserved only if a minimum of 75% of the critical root zone is maintained at undisturbed natural grade and not more than 25% of the canopy is removed due to building encroachment. The canopy shall retain its natural form and integrity.

 

Richland Hills

means a tree that is existing on a site prior to development and remaining on site after the development is complete.

 

Tree, Protected

 

Austin

means a tree with a diameter of 19 inches or more, measured four and one-half feet above natural grade.

 

Carrollton

a tree as listed in the Approved Plant List, section 155.11, Figure 1, that has a diameter of four inches or greater measured at 4 1/2 feet above ground. For a multi-trunk tree, the diameter shall be the total diameter of the largest trunk plus one-half of the diameter of each additional trunk.

 

Cedar Hill

a tree(s) designated by the owner or the city which may have historical designation, act as a local landmark, or provide soil stability in existing streams or creek beds, or have a trunk circumference of sixty (60) inches or more, measured four and one-half (4 1/2) feet above natural grade.

 

Coppell

means any living tree species, six inches DBH or larger, which is not on the "unprotected tree list" that shall be subject to the preservation, protection, and replanting requirements of article 34, division 2.

 

Dallas

a tree that has a caliper of eight inches or more and is not one of the following: silver maple, tree of heaven, mimosa, hackberry, sugarberry, Arizona ash, eastern red cedar, bois d'arc, chinaberry, mesquite, black willow, Chinese tallow, Siberian elm, an eastern red cedar or mesquite tree that has a caliper of at least 8 inches and falls within 120 feet of a floodplain, wetland, or escarpment zone, an eastern red cedar or mesquite tree that has a caliper of at least 12 inches, and a tree planted as a replacement tree.

 

Duncanville

any tree having a caliper of six inches or more that is not one of the following: mesquite, bois d'arc, thorny honey locust, hackberry, cottonwood, cedar, china-berry (common), native black willow, and native red/white mulberry.

 

Frisco

trees that meet one of the following requirements and determined to be healthy by the Director of Planning or his/her designee: Any tree eight (8") inches or larger in diameter when measured at a point four and one-half feet (4’ 6”) above the ground level and which normally attains a height of at least twelve (12’) feet at maturity, and located within the Protected Area; A tree(s) 20.1 caliper inches and larger; A Stand of Trees. The following trees shall not be included in the above definition of Protected Trees: Silver Leaf Maple, Sugarberry, Honey Locust, Bois d’ Arc, Mimosa, Mulberry, White Poplar, Cottonwood, Mesquite, and Willow.

 

Grapevine

any self-supporting woody perennial plant which has a caliper of three inches or more when measured at a point of 4 1/2 feet above ground level and which normally attains an overall height of at least 20 feet at maturity, usually with one main stem or trunk and many branches. It may appear to have several stems or trunks as in several varieties of oaks.

 

Helotes

trees having a nominal caliper of 12 inches or, if branched below four and one-half feet, measured at the narrowest trunk segment between the lowest branch and the natural grade. All species of woody plants attaining a mature height over 15 feet and meeting the nominal caliper of 12 inches requirement are "mature trees" for the purposes of this article, except those listed immediately hereafter as not protected. The following genus or species are not protected: Ash juniper, Cottonwood, Sycamore, Hackberry, Mulberry, Chinaberry, Boxelder, Chinese Tallow, Mesquite, and Huisache.

 

Highland Village

means any tree which has been designated to be preserved.

 

Houston

means a corridor tree, designated tree, green corridor tree or parkway tree.

 

Hunters Creek Village

shall mean any existing tree or trees on a subject site, which has a circumference of twenty inches (20") or more.

 

Ingleside

means any oak, cedar, elm, hackberry, or mesquite tree with a trunk diameter greater than six inches, measured at D.B.H.

 

Jersey Village

a tree on public property, a large street tree, or a large tree in the front or side street-facing yard of private property with a trunk diameter larger than six inches (measured at four feet off the ground) that is not an undesirable tree or a tree having replaced a protected tree.

 

Kennedale

means a quality tree that has a diameter of six (6) inches or greater; An understory tree that has a diameter of two (2) inches or greater; and A marginal tree that has a diameter of six (6) inches or greater that the landscape administrator has determined should be saved due to individual characteristics and/or location of the tree.

 

Lancaster

a tree listed on the recommended tree list (Appendix A), which has a caliper of six (6”) inches or greater measured in accordance with standards established by this ordinance. The caliper of a multi-trunk tree shall be determined by adding the total diameter of the largest trunk to one-half (1/2) diameter of each additional trunk (refer to ANSI).

 

Little Elm

any tree that has a trunk DBH of six inches or greater at a height of four and one-half feet above the ground or which is otherwise noteworthy because of species, age, size or rarity.

 

Lockhart

means any tree having a trunk circumference of 72 inches or more, measured 4 1/2 feet above natural grade level.

 

Mansfield

a quality tree that has a diameter of six inches (6”) or greater; an understory tree that has a diameter of two inches (2”) or greater; and a marginal tree that has a diameter of six inches (6”) or greater that the Landscape Administrator has determined should be saved due to individual characteristics and/or location of the tree. The diameter of a tree shall be determined by measuring at four and one-half feet (4.5’) above ground. For a multi-trunk tree, the diameter shall be the total diameter of the largest trunk plus half (½) the diameter of each additional trunk.

 

McKinney

a quality tree with a trunk six inches or greater in caliper at four feet six inches above the ground. The caliper of a multi-trunk protected tree shall be determined by adding the total caliper of the largest trunk to one-half the caliper of each additional trunk.

 

Mesquite

protected tree means any tree named in 1A-500 Tree Schedule which is at least of the size indicated as protected size for the category in which the tree is listed.

 

New Braunfels

is any tree, on the approved plant list (appendix A), having a trunk circumference of 25 inches or more (about eight inches in diameter) measured four and one-half feet above the ground. As used in the text of this chapter, the term "protected tree" includes all heritage trees.

 

North Richland Hills

means any self-supporting woody perennial plant which has a caliper of four inches or more when measure at a point of 4.5 feet above ground level and which normally attains an overall height of at least 15 feet at maturity, usually with one main stem or trunk and many branches. It may appear to have several stems or trunks as in several varieties of oaks.

 

Oak Point

a tree that is listed within this division in section 9.207.32 and has a diameter of six inches or greater measured at four and one-half feet above ground; an under story tree that has a diameter of two inches or greater measured at 18 inches above ground. For a multi-trunk tree, the diameter shall be the total diameter of the largest trunk plus half the diameter of each additional trunk

 

Paris

a protected tree means any tree having a circumference of sixty (60) inches or more, measured four and one-half (4 1/2) feet above natural grade level.

 

Pearland

means: a.any tree within:
(i) The front yard or front of the building site, (ii) The side yard (of corner sites), (iii) Right-of-way area. b. Any significant tree within the city. c. When there is a permit in effect for development or predevelopment activity on any subject site, "protected tree" includes all large trees located on that subject site.

 

Roanoke

a tree as listed in the Approved Tree List, as reflected in Figure 1, that has a diameter of four inches (4) or greater measured at four and one-half feet (4 1/2') above ground level. For a multi-trunk tree, the diameter shall be the total diameter of the largest trunk plus one-half ( 1/2) of the diameter of each additional trunk.

 

Rockport

means any trees, whether on public or private property having a trunk diameter of six inches measured at D.B.H.

 

Round Rock

shall mean a tree, including a Monarch Tree, that due to its size, species or unique characteristics is protected from arbitrary removal, as provided in Sec. 3.1105 below.

 

Rowlett

means a tree the trunk of which has a DBH of eight inches (approximate 25-inch circumference), that is not one of the following trees: Tree of Heaven, Mimosa or Silk tree, Sugarberry, Horse apple/Bois D'Arc, Chinaberry, Black Willow, Chinese Tallow, Siberian Elm, Cotton Wood, Hackberry (11-inch DBH or smaller), Lotus (Buckthorn Family).

 

Sealy

shall mean a living tree with a trunk size of at least 12 inches in diameter. Furthermore, the term "protected tree" shall only apply to all types or varieties of oak trees and pecan trees.

 

The Colony

any existing living tree that is not on the prohibited tree list, whose trunk is ten-inch caliper or greater, measured twelve (12) inches above natural grade, and at least twelve (12) feet high; or a multi-trunk having a total caliper of eight (8) inches, measured by combining the caliper width of the largest stem or branch with one-half ( 1/2) the caliper width of each individual stem or branch, all measured twelve (12) inches above natural grade.

 

Weatherford

(1) A quality tree that has a trunk with a diameter of six inches or greater at four and one-half feet above the ground, or (2) a marginal tree that has a trunk with a diameter of six inches or greater at four and one-half feet above the ground and that the landscape administrator has determined should be saved due to individual characteristics of the area. The diameter of a multi-trunk tree shall be determined by adding the total diameter of the largest trunk to one-half the diameter of each additional trunk.

 

West University Place

includes: (1) A significant tree anywhere in the city; (2) A large tree located within any of the following: a. A front yard; b. A street side yard (of corner sites); or c. A right-of-way area ; and (3) When there is a permit in effect for development or pre-development activity on any subject site, "protected tree" includes all large trees located on that subject site.

 

Tree, Public

 

Austin

means a tree with at least two-thirds of its trunk diameter on public property.

 

Boerne

shall include all trees now or hereafter growing on any street or on any public land where otherwise indicated.

 

Coppell

are herein defined as trees, shrubs, bushes, and all other woody vegetation on public land along either side of all streets, avenues, or other rights-of-way within the city.

 

El Paso

shall mean any tree with at least two-thirds of its trunk on public property.

 

Euless

means trees, shrubs, bushes and all other woody vegetation on land lying between the curb, pavement line and the property lines on either side of all streets, avenues or ways within the city.

 

Grande Prairie

are herein defined as trees, shrubs, bushes and all other woody vegetation on land lying between property lines on either side of all dedicated streets, avenues or ways within the city.

 

Houston

means a tree of a species listed on the street tree list.

 

Ingleside

means trees now or hereafter growing on any street, highway or public place.

 

Jersey Village

a tree on a public street right-of-way with[in] the city.

 

Keller

is defined as all trees and shrubs having fifty (50) percent or more of their diameter, measured at existing grade, resting on public property.

 

Kennedale

means a tree, or any part of the tree trunk located on land lying within the public right-of-way.

 

Killeen

shall mean any trees, shrubs, bushes, and all woody vegetation on city parks or city-owned property and right-of-ways.

 

Lancaster

trees, shrubs, and all other woody vegetation on land lying between property lines planted at recommended intervals with consideration of visibility triangle on either side of all streets, avenues, right-of-ways or entrances to the City. Tree species and planting techniques shall be selected to create a unified image for the street, provide an effective canopy, avoid sidewalk damage and minimize water consumption.

 

Mansfield

trees on land lying between property lines on either side of all streets, alleys, avenues, lanes or ways within the City.

 

New Braunfels

mean all trees and shrubs having 50 percent or more of their diameter, measured at existing grade, resting on public property.

 

Oak Point

trees located adjacent to streets within the rights-of-way or within landscaping easements.

 

Rockport

shall include any trees now or hereafter growing on any street or any public areas.

 

Sonora

means all trees, plants or shrubs having 50 percent or more of their diameter, measured at existing grade, resting on public property.

 

Waco

shall mean trees, shrubs and all other woody vegetation on land lying between the curb, pavement line, and the property lines on either side of all streets, avenues or ways within the city.

 

Weatherford

trees, shrubs, and all other woody vegetation on land lying between property lines on either side of all streets, avenues, or ways within the city.

 

Tree, Quality

 

Kennedale

means a tree which the city has determined typically has significant positive characteristics worthy of preservation.

 

Mansfield

a tree which the City has determined typically has significant positive characteristics worthy of preservation.

 

McKinney

a tree species which typically has significant positive characteristics worthy of preservation, as listed in this section.

 

Pearland

any tree listed in Class I or II of the Criteria Manual which has a trunk diameter of at least two (2) inches measured six (6) inches above ground.

 

Weatherford

a tree which the city has determined typically has significant positive characteristics worthy of preservation.

 

Tree, Replacement

 

Carrollton

a tree as listed in the Approved Plant List that has a minimum caliper required per section 155.08 of this chapter, and a minimum height of seven feet, measured at ground level, at the time of planting.

 

Coppell

means a nursery-grown tree of a protected tree species, as defined in article 34, division 2, with a minimum DBH of three inches and height of seven feet.

 

Dallas

means a tree that is planted in accordance with Section 51A-10.134, a listed tree and has a caliper of at least 2 inches.

 

Duncanville

a tree as listed in the approved tree replacement list that has a minimum caliper required per section 12-146 and a minimum height of seven feet, measured at ground level, at time of planting.

 

Frisco

any tree that is listed under Section 2.07 of the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance No. 00-11-01, as it exists or may be amended, and/or utilized for mitigation of Protected Trees that have been or are required to be removed and replaced or transplanted under the requirements of the Ordinance. A Replacement Tree is one that has been planted to mitigate the removal of a tree from the property. A Transplanted Tree is one that exists on the property and is relocated within the property. Replacement/Transplanted Trees will have a minimum size of three inches (3”) when measured at a point twelve inches (12”) above the natural ground level and will normally attain a height of at least twelve feet (12’) at maturity.

 

Hunters Creek Village

shall mean any tree with a caliper of at least one and one-half inches (1-1/2"), which is listed in the approved tree appendix (Appendix A) and which is planted under the requirements of Section 3.1402(f) hereof.

 

Mesquite

replacement trees are those species acceptable for use in fulfilling the tree replacement requirements of 1A-403E. Replacement trees are marked with an asterisk (*) in 1A-500 Tree Schedule.

 

Pearland

means any tree meeting the minimum criteria for replacement trees as set out in the criteria manual.

 

Roanoke

a tree as listed in the Approved Tree List, as reflected in Figure 1, that has a minimum number of caliper inches, pursuant to Subsection G of this Ordinance and a minimum height of seven feet (7'), measured at ground level, at time of planting.

 

Rockport

means a tree meeting the minimum criteria for replacement trees as set out in this ordinance.

 

Rowlett

means a self-supporting woody perennial plant listed on the Approved Replacement Trees (Appendix "B") grouping at the end of the ordinance; a single tree, or multiple trees, at least four-inch caliper each, when added together equals one and one-half times the DBH measurement of the protected tree removed, measured 12 inches above the root ball per current Texas Nurserymen's Association specifications, as amended, as approved by the director of planning and community development and or the director's designee. Trees in any proposed street or alley right-of-way shall be replaced when added together at one-half of the diameter of the trees removed.

 

West University Place

means a tree meeting the minimum criteria for replacement trees as set out in the criteria manual and this chapter.

 

Tree, Shade (Canopy)

 

Addison

sometimes evergreen, usually deciduous tree planted for its high crown of foliage or overhead canopy; a large woody perennial having one or more self-supporting stems and numerous branches reaching a mature height of at least 25 feet and a mature spread of at least 20 feet. 

 

Balch Springs

means a sometimes evergreen, usually deciduous tree, planted for its high crown of foliage or overhead canopy; a large woody perennial having one or more self-supporting stems and numerous branches reaching a mature height of at least 25 feet and a mature spread of at least 20 feet.

 

Baytown

means any self-supporting woody plant with one well-defined trunk and a distinct definite formed crown.

 

Burleson

a perennial woody plant single or multiple trunk, contributing to the uppermost spreading branch layer of a forest and may be commonly referred to as a shade tree.

 

Cleveland

means any self-supporting woody plant with one well-defined trunk and a distinct and definite formed crown that attains a height of at least 30 feet at maturity.

 

Dallas

means a species of tree that normally bears crown foliage no lower than six feet above ground level upon maturity.

 

Duncanville

a species of tree that normally bears crown foliage no lower than six feet above ground level upon maturity.

 

Jersey Village

any self-supporting woody plant with one well-defined trunk and a distinct and definite formed crown which attains a height of at least 30 feet such as Oaks, Pecans, Sweet Gum, Southern Magnolia, Slash Pine, Loblolly Pines, Sycamore, Bald Cypress, Winged Elm, Cedar Elm, and Chinese Elm.

 

Lancaster

canopy or Shade Tree means a species of tree which normally bears crown foliage no lower than six feet above ground level upon maturity.

 

Little Elm

sometimes evergreen, usually deciduous tree planted for its high crown of foliage or overhead canopy, a large woody perennial having one or more self-supporting stems and numerous branches reaching a mature height of at least 30 feet and a mature spread of at least 25 feet. See the recommended plant materials chart for a listing of acceptable large canopy tree varieties.

 

Marble Falls

the largest plants in the landscape which provide overhead structure needed for shading and under which other plants live and grow.

 

Rockwall

means a species of tree which normally bears crown foliage no lower than six (6) feet above ground level upon maturity.

 

Tree, Significant

 

Dickenson

shall mean any tree having a trunk diameter of nineteen (19) inches or greater, and that is not diseased, dying, or dead, as determined by an urban forester or ISA certified arborist.

 

Pearland

means a tree with a circumference of thirty-six (36) inches or more. In case a tree is removed, it is presumed to have been a significant tree if the diameter of the stump is twelve (12) inches or greater, measured in any direction.

 

Seabrook

means any tree or trees of a type listed on the qualified tree list of the city other than a palm tree, and having a caliper of 16 inches or greater and that is not diseased, dying or dead.

 

West University Place

means a large tree with circumference of 36 inches or more. In case a tree is removed, it is presumed to have been a significant tree if the diameter of the stump is 12 inches or greater, measured in any direction.

 

Tree, Small (Noncanopy)

 

Baytown

means any self-supporting plant with one well-defined trunk and a distinctly defined formal crown and achieving a maximum height of twenty feet. A crepe myrtle tree will be considered a small tree if the diameter of all of its trunks combined is at least two inches. A list of small trees is available in the Planning Department.

 

Cleveland

means any self-supporting woody plant with one or more trunks that attains a height of at least 15 feet at maturity.

 

Dallas

means a tree of a species that normally reaches a height of less than 30 feet upon maturity.

 

Duncanville

a tree that is a minimum of one inch in caliper and five feet in height at the time of planting.

 

Jersey Village

any self-supporting woody plant with one or more trunks which attains a height of at least 15 feet such as Eastern Redbud, Southern Golden Raintree, and Flowering Pear.

 

Lake Jackson

means a tree of a species which normally reaches a height of not less than fifteen (15) feet upon maturity.

 

Rockwall

means a tree of a species which normally reaches a height of less than thirty (30) feet. 

 

Tree, Specimen

 

Conroe

means a tree located within a preservation zone which is eight inches in caliper or greater and has scored at least 30 points on the evaluation system established by this article.

 

Coppell

means a tree that has been designated as a tree of notable value because of its type, size, or other professional criteria. Any tree which has grown to at least 75 percent of the DBH or circumference size of the champion tree of its species, as determined by the most current edition of the Texas Big Tree Registry or the Listing of Metroplex Champions published by the Texas Forestry Service, shall be so designated. A listing and map of all designated specimen trees shall be maintained and updated by the department of leisure services and made available to the public upon request.

 

Grapevine

a tree which has been determined by the city to be of high value because of its type, size, or other professional criteria, and which has been so designated as part of the official records of the city.

 

Houston

means an exemplary tree of good health and true to species habit and form, containing a minimum caliper of 1 1/2 inches.

 

Lake Dallas

means a tree which has been determined by the city to be of high value because of its type, size or other professional criteria, and which has been so designated as part of the official records of the city.

 

Lancaster

any tree, including under story trees, of a species not listed or not on the recommended tree list, but which the City determines significant positive characteristics, such as size, age and/or historical importance, and is worthy of preserving.

 

Stafford

means a tree approved for planting in or adjacent to the public rights-of-way which meets the American Standard for Nursery Stock Specifications as established and published by the American Association of Nurserymen (1986 ed.), 1250 I Street, N.W., Suite 500, Washington, D.C. 20005 (on file in the office of the city secretary).

 

Tree, Undesirable

 

Jersey Village

a tree planted or existing in violation of the spacing requirements of this article, a tree that is dead or dying as determined by the director of public works or a professional arborist, a tree that is a hazard to public health, or a tree that has damaged and will continue to damage property.

 

Tree, Unprotected

 

Coppell

means a tree of an undesirable species, as determined by article 34, division 2, which does not require preservation, protection measures, or replanting.

 

Tree, Urban

 

Little Elm

a tree specifically selected for its ability to withstand harsh urban conditions, its relatively low maintenance, its suitability for use in the streetscape through its noninvasive root system and upright branching habit, and its associated imagery and overtones. See the recommended plant materials chart for a listing of acceptable urban tree varieties.

 

Trees, Stand of

 

Frisco

a group of six (6) or more protected trees that have a combined caliper measurement of forty-eight (48) inches or greater and each tree is within twenty (20) linear feet of another tree within the group. The distance measurement shall occur at natural grade from edge of trunk to edge of trunk.

 

Oak Point

contiguous trees whose canopies are generally clustered together.