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Urban Forest Plan: first street tree inventory completed!

The public street tree inventory is complete! Take a look at the most common species in your neighborhood.

Earlier this year, the City of Boston launched its first ever Urban Forest Plan. Our hope is that this Urban Forest Plan will help prioritize, preserve, and grow the tree canopy throughout Boston for decades to come. 

The Boston Urban Forest Plan is a year-long effort made up of several phases. The first part of our work was the urban forest street tree inventory — an assessment of the existing conditions of the public street trees throughout Boston. The data collected during this tree inventory provides an important snapshot in time of the condition of Boston’s street trees. Now that the inventory is complete, we'll be diving into the data to see what it tells us about this piece of the urban forest. 

Interested in becoming an arborist or learning more about tree care professions? This planning process will include community conversations around workforce development and how the Urban Forest Plan can support careers in tree care. Stay up-to-date on each phase of the Urban Forest Plan by signing up for our Healthy Places newsletter! 

Here’s what WE'vE FOUND:

Allston-Brighton tree inventory
The top 10 most-common trees in Allston-Brighton includes: honeylocust at 19.2%, littleleaf linden at 16%, Norway maple at 14.8%, red maple at 9.1%, pin oak at 8.8%, northern red oak at 8.2%, Japanese zelkova at 6.6%, London planetree at 6%, hedge maple at 5.9%, and accolade elm at 5.5%.
Back Bay/Beacon Hill Street Tree Inventory
The top 10 most-common trees in Back Bay/ Beacon Hill includes: honeylocust at 34.8%, Callery pear at 16.7%, littleleaf linden at 15.4%, Norway maple at 6.5%, ginkgo at 6.3%, red maple at 5.9%, Japanese zelkova at 4.0%, American elm at 3.8%, accolade elm at 3.6%, and the pin oak at 2.9%.
Central Boston tree inventory
The top 10 most-common trees in Central Boston includes: honeylocust at 41.5%, littleleaf linden at 13.6%, pin oak at 8.8%, ginkgo at 6.9%, red maple at 6.7%, accolade elm at 5.7%, Callery pear at 5.5%, London planetree at 5.5%, freeman maple at 3.2%, and Japanese pagoda at 2.7%.
Charlestown tree inventory
The top 10 most-common trees in Charlestown includes: honeylocust at 35.0%, littleleaf linden at 11.4%, pin oak at 10.8%, Callery pear at 8.4%, green ash at 6.9%, Norway maple at 6.6%, red maple at 6.6%, Japanese zelkova at 5.1%, London planetree at 4.2%, and ginkgo at 3.9%.
Dorchester tree inventory
The top 10 most-common trees in Dorchester includes: honeylocust at 23.1%, green ash at 14.3%, Norway maple at 12.8%, red maple at 11.4%, littleleaf linden at 9.2%, pin oak at 7.2%, Callery pear at 7.0%, Japanese zelkova at 6.0%, crabapple at 5.0%, and gingko at 4.0%.
East Boston tree inventory
The top 10 most-common trees in East Boston includes: honeylocust at 24.5%, littleleaf linden at 17.4%, Norway maple at 10.7%, green ash at 9.8%, Freeman maple at 9.0%, crabapple at 6.2%, red maple at 5.7%, London planetree at 5.2%, and Japanese zelkova at 4.7%.
Fenway-Longwood tree inventory
The top 10 most-common trees in Fenway/Longwood includes: honeylocust at 34.0%, littleleaf linden at 10.2%, red maple at 9.6%, Japanese zelkova at 7.9%, gingko at 7.5%, accolade elm at 7.1%, green ash at 6.8%, sweetgum at 5.9%, American elm at 5.7%, and Callery pear at 5.4%.
Hyde Park tree inventory
The top 10 most-common trees in Hyde Park includes:Norway maple at 28.7%, littleleaf linden at 20.4%, honeylocust at 18.8%, pin oak at 6.4%, red maple at 5.3%, crimson kind oak at 4.8%, Callery pear at 4.5%, crabapple at 4.1%, Japanese tree lilac at 3.9%, and hedge maple at 2.8%.
Jamaica Plain tree inventory
The top 10 most-common trees in Jamaica Plain includes: littleleaf linden at 21.6%, honeylocust at 19.8%, Norway maple at 15.4%, Callery pear at 8.6%, red maple at 7.5%, green ash at 6.6%, crabapple at 5.2%, head maple at 3.8%, and northern red oak at 3.6%.
Mattapan tree inventory
The top 10 most-common trees in Mattapan includes: Norway maple at 22.2%, honeylocust at 19.8%, littleleaf linden at 16.5%, red maple at 9.4%, pin oak at 7.0%, crimson king maple at 6.0%, Japanese tree lilac at 5.0%%, northern red oak at 4.8%, American sycamore at 4.7%, and Japanese zelkova at 4.4%.
Mission Hill tree inventory
The top 10 most-common trees in Mission Hill includes: honeylocust at 10.3%, Callery pear at 9.7%, red maple at 7.0%, Japanese zelkova at 6.0%, northern red oak at 5.6%, ginkgo at 4.6%, London planetree at 4.1%, Norway maple at 4.0%, sweet gum at 2.9%, and littleleaf linden at 2.7%.
Roslindale tree inventory
The top 10 most-common trees in Roslindale includes: Norway maple at 21.7%, honeylocust at 21.2%, Callery pear at 8.9%, Kwanzan cherry tree at 7.9%, red maple at 7.7%, littleleaf linden at 6.8%, green ash at 6.8%, American elm at 6.4%, Japanese tree lilac at 6.3%, and pin oak at 6.0%.
Roxbury tree inventory
The top 10 most-common trees in Roxbury includes: honeylocust at 31.8%, green ash at 10.0%,Callery pear at 8.5%, northern red oak at 7.8%,London planetree at 7.8%, red maple at 7.6%, littleleaf linden at 7.3%, Norway maple at 7.0%, Japanese zelkova at 6.4%, and pin oak at 5.7%.
South Boston tree inventory
The top 10 most-common trees in South Boston includes: honeylocust at 28.4%, Norway maple at 16.0%, littleleaf linden at 10.0%, red maple at 9.6%, Callery pear at 9.2%, Japanese zelkova at 8.4%, green ash at 7.2%, accolade Elm at 4.5%, pin oak at 3.5%, and American elm at 3.1%.
South End tree inventory
The top 10 most-common trees in South End includes: honeylocust at 20.6%, littleleaf linden at 19.8%, Norway maple at 11.4%, accolade elm at 9.5%, Callery pear at 8.7%, Japanese zelkova at 7.6%, ginkgo at 6.7%, red maple at 6.4%, green ash at 5%, and pin oak at 4.4%.
West Roxbury tree inventory
The top 10 most-common trees in West Roxbury includes: Norway maple at 30.5%, littleleaf linden at 12.9%, honeylocust at 10.8%, red maple at 10.8%, pin oak at 8.2%, crimson king oak at 5.8%, Japanese tree lilac 5.7%, crabapple at 5.6%, hedge maple at 5.2%, and Callery pear at 4.5%.

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