Native Trees

Trees are critical to the health of our watershed.  Deep root systems control erosion and absorb pollutants that would otherwise enter the Bay.  Leaf canopies intercept and slow rain as it falls.  The forest floor with its layers of twigs, leaves, and understory vegetation, acts like a sponge for stormwater.

Trees provide important wildlife habitat—many animals and birds depend on trees for a place to live and for food. Trees also store carbon and intercept airborne pollutants.  Trees can contribute to energy savings, too. The shade from trees planted at a proper exposure near a home can reduce summer cooling costs by 40%.

More than 60 species of trees are native to Anne Arundel County. Some of the most common choices are red and white oak, willow oak, redbud, eastern red cedar, yellow poplar, sweet gum, sycamore and red maple.

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How to plant a tree and Proper Mulching Techniques

Anne Arundel County Forestry Board

Bringing Nature Home: Doug Tallamy on the value of planting native trees and plants

Forests for the Bay

Trees are GOOD - tree care information

Watershed Forestry Resource Guide

Virginia Tech Tree Identification Tool

Maryland Department of Natural Resources Leaf Key

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