The Value of Street Trees
In 2016, as part of the TD Green Streets Grant, the City of Hollywood added 57 new street trees to the Hollywood Gardens West neighborhood. (Project Summary)
The City-managed street trees in the medians and circles of this neighborhood alone have an annual value of
Once they are full grown, the trees added by this grant will annually add another
How do street trees translate to dollar value? See below to find out.
What is the value of street trees?
- Increase property values
- Reduce energy and water bills
- Absorb storm water to reduce flooding
- Reduce driver speeds
- Improve safety
- Encourage walking
- Improve health and wellbeing of residents
- Improve neighborhood aesthetics
- Enhance ecosystems and benefit wildlife
- Absorb storm water
- Reduce ambient temperature
- Improve air quality
- Absorb carbon
How can I learn the value of my trees?
You can measure the value of your own trees using the very simple tool at the National Tree Benefit Calculator. It's easy!
- Step 1: Identify your tree species.
- Step 2: Measure the diameter at 4.5 feet above ground. To get diameter, take a regular measuring tape and measure around the trunk (circumference) and divide by 3.14 (π)
- Step 3: Answer a basic question about the tree's location.
How do I choose a tree to maximize value?
In the iTree suite of tools, used to measure the value of the street trees above, there is an application called iTree Species. Enter details about the planting location, target-specific pollution reduction goals and the importance of other benefits. The tool will produce a species list. Compare that to this native plant database to find the native trees on the list or choose the trees recommended by the City's landscape architect.
To find a native plant nursery where you can find your tree, check out this list created by the Broward Native Plant Society.