Shade Tree Commission

The Upper Dublin Shade Tree Commission (STC) was established by Ordinance, #870, passed by the Upper Dublin Board of Commissioners on June 14, 1994.
Agendas and minutes for meetings of the Shade Tree Commission are available as downloadable PDFs. Minutes are posted after they have been approved and signed.

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The Ordinance:

  • Establishes the STC as comprising 5 members, residents of Upper Dublin, who are appointed by the Commissioners, and who serve without compensation.
  • Defines "Shade Tree" as "any tree having more than fifty percent (50%) of its trunk diameter at breast height within the right-of-way of a public street or on Township property."
  • Vests in the STC "exclusive custody and control" of all Shade Trees.
  • Requires anyone who wishes to plant, remove, trim or spray a Shade Tree or that portion of any tree, which extends over the right-of-way to obtain STC approval by making a written request to the Township's Director of Public Works, which is submitted to the STC for investigation and approval or disapproval. Use the Tree Pruning-Removal Form for any of these requests.

Since its inception, the Shade Tree Commission has:

  • Planted, or given to Township residents to plant, almost 4,000 trees through our Annual Planting, Arbor Day and Community Day Programs.
  • Compiled a count of Shade Trees on those Township roads designated as "scenic" by the Board of Commissioners.
  • Inspected numerous potentially hazardous tree sites.
  • Established contact with shade tree commissions in other municipalities and joined the Pennsylvania Urban & Community Forestry Council.
  • Initiated several beautification projects, including those at the Dresher Triangle and the Maple Glen Shopping Center.
  • Approved tree trimming and removal after careful consideration of the condition of the tree as determined by our tree "experts".
  • Created guidelines and permit applications for Public Utilities to prevent unnecessary or improper trimming of street trees in our township.
  • Arranged for Upper Dublin to be awarded the prestigious "Tree City USA" designation.
  • Continued to meet with interested parties seeking approvals for tree pruning or removal, and replacement tree planting as required by township ordinance.
  • Reviewed architect plans and suggested changes to increase the planting of street trees.

Form-Tree Pruning Removal Application (14.1 KiB)


The Shade Tree Commission usually meets the third Thursday every month at 3:30pm. In person meetings are at the Upper Dublin Public Library, 520 Virginia Drive, Fort Washington, PA 19034. All meetings are open to the public and we, as the STC, encourage you to attend. Visit the Township Meeting Calendar to check on meeting days, dates, times and locations.


Agendas and minutes for meetings of the Shade Tree Commission are available as downloadable PDFs. Minutes are posted after they have been approved and signed.

Contact the Shade Tree Commission

Email: Shade Tree Commission
Upper Dublin Shade Tree Commission
370 Commerce Drive
Fort Washington, PA 19034


The Upper Dublin Shade Tree Commission has an “Adopt a Tree” Day twice a year in the spring and the fall. The event has been held in the past in front of the Upper Dublin Township building, at 801 Loch Alsh Avenue, (near the Field of Dreams).  A new location for the adoption day will be determined.  The container trees available range in height from three (3) to five (5) feet and consist of native species.  The trees are given free (one tree per property), first come--first served--to Upper Dublin residents, business operators and property owners who would like to adopt a tree for planting in Upper Dublin Township. We invite adoptees to come to the township building, pick out a tree, and transport it to the planting site on the adoptee’s property for them to planting.

Although the trees will be offered without charge, to enable the Shade Tree Commission to continue this program, a donation per tree is greatly appreciated at the time of adoption.  Cash or Checks (payable to "Upper Dublin Township") only.

2021 ADOPT-A-TREE UPDATE: All one hundred and twelve (112) native species trees that are available for the adoption event can be reserved online through the Upper Dublin Parks and Recreation website at You may reserve your choice of tree starting April 5, 2021 until Thursday April 22, 2021. Just click on Shade Tree, then adoption, and choose the tree of your choice. Pick up date and time for your tree will be held on Saturday April 24, 2021 from 8:30 am to 10:00 am in the Upper Dublin Township parking lot. Although the trees will be offered without charge, in order for the Shade Tree Commission to continue this program donations are requested and greatly appreciated at the time of adoption. The current cost per tree is about $14. A donation option is available when you reserve your trees. If you like to make an additional donation via check to the Shade Tree Commission directions will be included on your receipt.

Since 1996, over 1,300 trees have been adopted and planted through the Adopt-A-Tree program. See this map for their locations.

Annual Tree Planting Program

The Upper Dublin Shade Tree Commission has planted several hundred trees throughout the Township in its Annual Tree Planting Program. It seeks suggestions from Upper Dublin residents and property owners for locations for future plantings. You may suggest your own property, public or other private property. The Shade Tree Commission is especially interested in locations where a mature tree will shade sidewalks and streets. Please mail your suggestions to the address listed or send via email to either person listed above.

Arbor Day Foundation/Tree City USA

Upper Dublin achieved Tree City USA recognition over twenty (20) years ago by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. The Shade Tree Commission holds an annual Arbor Day event at an Upper Dublin school. A tree is planted on the school grounds by students, faculty, and members of the Upper Dublin Shade Tree Commission. The ceremony includes remarks by school officials, shade tree commissioners, and presentation of the Tree City USA Recertification Award is given to the Upper Dublin Shade Tree Commission by the PA Bureau of Forestry.

“Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand,” said Dan Lambe, President of the Arbor Day Foundation.  Additionally, recognition brings residents together and creates a sense of community pride, whether it’s through volunteer engagement or public education.”

Trees provide multiple benefits to a community when properly planted and maintained.  They help to improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants, and provide wildlife habitat among many other benefits.

More information on the program is available at

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Heritage Trees

Heritage trees are trees having magnificent size, significant age, or that are unusual species. The Upper Dublin Shade Tree Commission (STC) seeks to promote public appreciation and general awareness of such trees. Click here to view a list of Heritage Trees in Upper Dublin Township.

In addition, the Pennsylvania Forestry Association maintains a list of Champion Trees in Pennsylvania at  Its compilation includes over 1700 Pennsylvania trees listed by location, species and size.

The STC wants to collect data on significant trees in Upper Dublin to add to our Heritage Tree Registry.  If you are aware of any tree that you think may qualify because of size, significant age, or species, please contact the STC by e-mail at  We are interested in trees on both public and private property, your own or someone else’s. If a tree is on private property, we will not publish any information about its location on our website or elsewhere without the written consent of the property owner.

Heritage Trees In UDT

Champion Tree Program

The National Register of Big Trees is a non-profit group that maintains a list of the largest living specimens of each tree variety found in the continental United States. A tree on this list is often called a National Champion Tree. This list has been maintained since 1940. Each state has its own list of Champion Trees.

Upper Dublin Township's Shade Tree Commission (STC) is proposing to collect data on historic township trees and create a Historic Tree Registry. A tree qualifies when it is of magnificent size, significant age, or unusual species. More information on the STC efforts and how you can help will be coming soon.

Download the Specimen Tree Inventory Consent to Publish Form. Details on form.

Form-Specimen Tree Inventory Consent

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