Tree City USA
In 2013, the City of St. Augustine commemorated its 30th year of receiving the prized designation of Tree City USA from the National Arbor Day Foundation. There are over 160 cities in the State of Florida which have received the designation of Tree City USA, but only 10 have received the designation longer than St. Augustine. In addition, the Foundation presented the city with the Tree City USA Growth Award, an honor it has received every year since 1991.
While National Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday in April, individual states hold ceremonies on dates better suited to their own tree-planting season. Florida’s Arbor Day is celebrated on the third Friday in January. The site for the annual Arbor Day ceremony and the type of tree planted changes from year to year.
Over the last decade, ceremonies have included planting Holly, Live Oak, Red Maple and Sycamore trees at Sebastian Inland Harbor, Francis Field, Joseph Pomar, Jr. Recreational Facility, Eddie Vickers Recreational Facility, Government House, J. Edward “Red” Cox Recreational Facility, the Plaza de la Constitución and Davenport Park.
For a list of the trees planted in St. Augustine the past 32 years, click here. On October 24, 2011, with the passage of Resolution 2011-28, the City Commission designated the Red Cedar as St. Augustine's official tree.
The Official Tree
On October 24, 2011, with the passage of Resolution 2011-28, the City Commission designated the Red Cedar as St. Augustine's official tree.