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Great Trees of New York City

Trees

New York City is home to millions of trees, but only a few can lay claim to being the "Great Trees of New York City." In 1985, the city embarked on its first Great Tree Search, seeking nominations from citizens in each borough for trees of unusual size, species, form or historical association. The heritage trees that were selected best represent the diversity and scale of New York City's urban forest.

Ecological Benefits of Great Trees

Not only are these trees symbols of the city, but they also provide great ecological benefits. Mature trees such as these heritage trees help cool the air, remove air pollution, capture rainfall, and save energy. In all, these trees are valued at more than $24 million.

Tree Stewardship

Many of these Great Trees are older, and need your help in order to ensure their future. Join MillionTreesNYC and become a tree steward, to help these trees and many others thrive for generations to come.

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American BeechMaple Grove Cemetery, by the grave of Elizabeth Riis
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American BeechMaple Grove Cemetery, by the grave of Elizabeth Riis
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Bald Cypress138-10 Northern Boulevard, Queens (in front of Flushing High School)
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Bald Cypress143-66 Sanford Avenue at Parsons Boulevard, Queens
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Cedar of LebanonNear the comfort station
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GinkgoBehind the baseball fields, near the comfort station
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Katsura15 Shore Road, Queens
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Manchurian LindenImmediately adjacent to the tennis courts - 75 feet north of the comfort station
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Persian ParrotiaThirty feet south of the comfort station
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American Elm72nd Street and Ridge Boulevard (near Owl's Head Park)
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American HornbeamAcross from the camperdown elm where three trails intersect.
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Camperdown elmSouth of the Boathouse and east of the Lullwater bridge
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Camperdown ElmGreenwood Cemetery at the intersection of Garden Path and Pink Avenue
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Caucasian Wing NutOn the Flatbush Avenue side of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden just north of the Rock Garden
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Chinese Parasol TreeBrooklyn Botanical Garden - South of the Rock Garden
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Common PawpawBrooklyn Botanical Garden
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Dawn Redwood151 Willow Street
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English ElmAlong the west drive, north of the Garfield entrance
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Japanese PagodatreeBeside the camperdown elm south of the Boathouse
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Kansas HawthornAcross from the Lily Pond
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Mountain WinterberrySouth side of the Rock Garden
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Southern MagnoliaMagnolia Tree Earth Center, 677 Lafayette Avenue
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American ElmAt the top of the lawn just southeast of the Wave Hill House.
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American SycamoreEast side of Corlear Avenue just south of West 231st Street
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Common Horsechestnuts (3)On the east lawn of Van Cortlandt Mansion.
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European Cutleaf BeechNortheast of the Jerome Ave entrance to Woodlawn Cemetery in the Woodbine Plot
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Japanese Red PineBy Glyndor Terrace
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Lacebark PineAt the top of the lawn just southeast of the Wave Hill House.
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Littleleaf LindenAt the War Memorial
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Osage Orange601 Kappock Street (in front of the Presidential Apartments near the Knolls Crescent intersection)
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River BirchesNew York Botanical Garden behind the oak stand along the east drive, just south of the magnolias
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Royal PaulowniaNew York Botanical Garden, South of the Howell Family Garden
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Slippery Elm710 West 246th Street
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Sugar MapleAt the top of the lawn just southeast of the Wave Hill House.
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Sweetgum2151 Newbold Avenue, Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars
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Umbrella PineWoodlawn Cemetery - corner of Parkview and Chestnut Avenues, northeast of the Joseph Paterno mausoleum
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Weeping BeechWoodlawn Cemetery - Jay Gould plot, north of the intersection of Observatory and Central Avenues
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White AshEast side of the entrance to the cross country trail
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White OakAlong the Palisades Avenue hiking trail
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White OakWoodlawn Cemetery
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White PineNear the Jerome Avenue entrance of Woodlawn Cemetery
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American ElmGrowing at rock outcrops just east of the mall
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American Elmgrowing at rock outcrops just east of the mall
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American ElmGrows by the retaining wall at the northeast corner of the intersection of Central Park West and West 77th street
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American ElmEast 97th Street entrance to Central Park, aproximately 500 feet west of 5th Avenue
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American ElmsThe Mall (located just north of the intersection of the east and north drives, at about 66th street)
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Black Tupelo (Sourgum)Near the center of the Ramble
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English ElmNorthwest corner
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English ElmWestern gate
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English ElmApartment complex on east side of St. Nicholas Ave at 163rd Street
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EvodiaBy the Heckscher Playground near Columbus Circle
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GinkgoSoutheast corner at Broadway and West 211th Street
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London PlaneNortheast corner of reservoir
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VariousArthur Ross Pinetum at the north end of the Great Lawn
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Yoshino CherriesEast side of reservoir
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American SycamoreIn the meadow south of the Alice Austen House
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American SycamoreBehind the Conference House
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Cedar of Lebanon4515 Hylan Boulevard - 35 feet off the left corner of the house (three feet off the driveway)
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Common Horse ChestnutsNear Canal Street
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Eastern Cottonwood184 Sprague Avenue, Staten Island
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London PlaneRichmond Terrace near Alaska Street - inaccessible
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Osage Orange GroveMultiple trees along Seguine Avenue from Hylan Boulevard across from the Staten Island University Hospital
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Royal Paulownia914 Richmond Terrace (on the west side of the Veterans Memorial Hall Playhouse, off Chapel Road)
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Tulip TreeNear the corner of Clove Road and Forest Avenue
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Willow OakOn the shore of Clove Lake, 150 feet north of Victory Boulevard, near the basketball courts.
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