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The Lower Merion Shade Tree Commission is composed of residents of the Township who are appointed by the Board of Commissioners and the Township Arborist. The Commission meets once a month in the Lower Merion Township Building. The meetings are open to the public. The dates and times of the Shade Tree Commission meetings are posted on the Township website.

STC logoOur logo, representing the joyful connection between people and trees, was created from a wood cut designed by Lower Merion High School art student Joanna Odorisio, and was chosen through a competitive selection process to celebrate Arbor Day 2012. The Lower Merion Shade Tree Commission hopes the use of this logo throughout our website will inspire people to know their trees, understand their value, and strive to protect our community forest.

Benefits of Trees

Trees have a positive effect on many aspects of people’s lives, including their health, homes, businesses, drinking water and air quality.

Tree Lists

Township Recommended List of Trees
The Lower Merion Shade Tree Commission encourages Township residents to plant trees on private property to sustain the diversity of Lower Merion’s urban forest and to enhance the character of the Township.

Township List of Trees to Avoid Planting
Trees on the following list are not recommended by the Shade Tree Commission because they are not appropriate as street trees, prone to disease or may become invasive in the landscape.

Tree Planting and Care

Planting a New Tree 
The ideal time to plant trees and shrubs is during the dormant season – in the fall after leaf drop or the early spring.

Instructions for Care of New Township Trees
Newly planted trees need special care until they are established.

Caring for Your Mature Trees
With proper care the life of your trees can be extended and their appearance and health improved.

Special Summer Tree Care
Don't forget to water newly planted trees during hot dry weather. Apply 20 gallons of water twice a week using a soaker hose or hand held hose.

Planting Memorial Trees
The Gifts for Parks program enables residents to support their favorite park or remember a loved one by donating funds for the purchase and installation of a tree in the park of their choice.

Management of Trees in Lower Merion Township
The Lower Merion Shade Tree Commission has exclusive custody and control of all trees on Township property and is authorized to plant, remove, maintain and protect all trees on public streets.

Facts and Alerts

  • Emerald Ash Borer
    Since 2002, the Emerald Ash Borer has killed millions of American Ash trees in the Upper Midwest and Northeast. It now is present in Eastern Pennsylvania.

Local Arboretums to Visit
Lower Merion Township boasts a handful of beautiful arboretums to explore.

Philly Tree Map

Tree Links

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