What’s Happening in Morristown?

Memorial Day – Garbage Pick-Up Schedule

The City will be observing the Memorial Day holiday and will not be running routes on Monday. If … [Read More...]

Hamblen County Graduations – MPD

Media Release May 19, 2015 Hamblen County schools are letting out for summer and for seniors … [Read More...]

Sewer Work – Week of May 18th

Sewer work continues around Morristown. For a full list of projects and road closings, click HERE. … [Read More...]

Tree Board

About The Tree Board

The objective of the Morristown Tree Board is to help citizens make informed decisions about the preservation, planting and care of trees within our community.

Responsibilities include developing, reviewing and recommending policies that carry out the intent of the Morristown Tree Ordinance, coordinating publicity concerning trees and tree programs, providing assistance and information to the public, coordinating donations of trees or money to purchase trees, and to hear citizens concerns regarding tree problems during scheduled meetings.

The Tree Board meets at 11:00 AM on the second Wednesday of the month in the Community Room at the Morristown City Center. The board may not meet every month. For more information on the next scheduled meeting, please contact Jennifer Gentry at the Parks and Recreation office at (423) 586-0260

Proud to be a Tree City USA!

Morristown has been recognized as a Tree City for several years by the National Arbor Day Foundation. The Tree City USA program provides direction, technical assistance, public attention, and national recognition for urban forestry programs in thousands of cities across America. The City of Morristown recognizes the importance of trees to our community, both aesthetically and environmentally. We believe working to maintain Tree City USA status indicates our commitment to improving the quality of life for our citizens. In addition to Tree City, Morristown has also won the Growth Award and Morristown Utility Systems has continuously been awarded Tree Line USA.


Activity and Plans

The Tree Board has been hard at work for the City in 2012 and has developed a plan for activities in 2013. The 2012 activity report and 2013 strategic plan are available below.

2012 Activity Report

2013 Strategic Plan


No Tree Topping



Proper tree pruning is vastly different from “tree-topping” where so much of the crown is removed that it weakens the tree and produces many unattractive suckers. Of course, the key to not having to prune a tree is to plant the right type of tree in a place with plenty of room to grow naturally. If you do need to reduce the crown, there are proper ways to do so. Please make yourself aware of proper procedures before employing someone to trim your trees or attempting it yourself. Learn more at the following links:

Washington State Department of Environmental Services

Why Topping Hurts Trees

Five Reasons to Stop Topping Trees


Our City Tree

Did you know that Morristown has an official “City Tree”? The Morristown Tree Board and City Council have recognized the ornamental cherry tree as a symbol of life and a beautiful natural way to honor the individuals who make our community special as well as our diverse international industrial community. Yoshino Cherry trees are among the most popular species. Learn more about this special tree at www.arborday.org/yoshinocherry.

Trees for the City

Trees for the City is a publication from the Department of Community Development and the Morristown Tree Board. It is designed to encourage better tree planting and care practices and to act as a guide for species selection. Also learn why you should NEVER top a tree.

Arbor Day

Arbor Day is an annual observance that celebrates the role of trees in our lives and promotes tree planting and care. As a formal holiday, it was first observed in 1872 in Nebraska. Since then, Arbor Day celebrations have spread across America and around the world. Morristown held it’s first Arbor Day celebration on April 4, 2003 and hosted the Tennessee State Arbor Day on March 7, 2008. For more information on the next Arbor Day event, please contact the Parks & Recreation Department at (423)586-0260.

Legacy Trees

The Morristown Tree Board, in cooperation with Keep Morristown Hamblen Beautiful, developed the Legacy Tree program in which loved ones may be honored and remembered by sponsoring a tree planting in one of the city’s parks. Legacy Trees include a sign identifying the tree species and the person being honored by the donation, which is tax deductible. Please review the Legacy Tree Brochure or explore the existing Legacy Tree Directory.

Mayes Family Services has started their own special memorial tree planting program in partnership with the City of Morristown. Learn more by clicking on this link: Mayes Living Memorial Tree Program.


Contact Us

Morristown Tree Board | P.O. Box 1499 | Morristown, TN 37816-1466

Telephone: 423.586.0260 | Fax: 423.585.4679 | Email: jgentry@mymorristown.com



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