Shade Tree Commission

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"Beautiful Belmar", Resident Tree Buying Program Form

Spring 2022 Tree Program

“Beautiful Belmar”

The Belmar Shade Tree Commission has procured the following pricing for
Belmar homeowners (order as many as you’d like!):

$325 per tree through Fernwood Nursery
*Includes tree delivery and installation*

Guaranteed for 1 year *Trees will be ~2 1⁄2” caliper (approximately 10’-12’ tall)

Permit ($10) required to plant between sidewalk and curb.

(Permit not required to plant elsewhere on your property).

Smaller Flowering Trees

(under utility wires, smaller areas)

Questions? Interested?

Email us at

Stay tuned! More details will be available in the Spring.


Belmar Shade Commission Continues Branching Out

Congratulations to the Belmar homeowners who took advantage of the Shade Tree Commission’s tree buying opportunity this Spring! Homeowners planted various species: Trinity Pear, Red Sunset Maple, Eastern Redbud, Green Vase Selkova, Leyland Cypress and even a few Privets, although the Okame Cherry took the top spot for favorite. Several trees were planted in the ‘planting strip’ - the area between the sidewalk and curb - and several in yards. The Commission was excited to offer this program through Fernbrook Farms Wholesale Nursery of Bordentown, NJ, whose hardworking professionals certainly earned their pay this day. We hope these trees will thrive for many decades and bring pleasure to the homeowners and our neighbors, while improving Belmar’s overall tree canopy and adding shade and color to the community. If you’d like to see this program offered again, email the Commission at

Speaking of Belmar’s tree canopy, the Shade Tree Commission applied for and was awarded a Stewardship Grant from NJ Urban and Community Forestry to conduct a professional tree inventory. Mr. Kevin Scibilia, a NJ-licensed tree expert and professional forester, has already begun documenting the trees in the planting strips and parks throughout the Borough. Over the next few weekends, look for Kevin and his assistant walking the streets and noting the species, size, health, and locations of our trees. With this inventory, the Borough will qualify for grant assistance and better understand the composition, structure and maintenance needs of our urban forest and better allocate resources to it. The findings of the inventory will be posted on the STC webpage. The STC will use the results of the inventory to update and implement forestry goals and objectives that are outlined in our Community Forestry Management Plan.

Expanding our tree canopy and maintaining the health of our tree population is a top priority for the Belmar Shade Tree Commission. Trees are a major line of defense against greenhouse gas emissions and the heat island effect. Canopy cover cools our streets, prevents urban flooding, cleans our air, expands wildlife habitats, prevents soil erosion, and increases the population of pollinators and birds and beautifies our town. A diverse urban forest is better able to resist pests and diseases and has the best chance for good growth and long-term survival.

Did you know that Belmar has been recognized as a Tree City USA for the last 8 years?! Check out our new signs around town! Questions or suggestions about the trees in our town? Email us at or visit the STC webpage.



Checking Tree Health and Safety

The Belmar Shade Tree Commission reminds property owners that tree health can be difficult to determine, but checking your tree yearly may help you notice problems as they appear. Even healthy trees can fall down. A tree may be green and lush, but that does not guarantee that it is structurally safe. Inspect trees any time, but especially after storms. Examine the crown, branches, trunk and area around the roots for these common dangers: Broken, dead or hanging branches; Cracks, fungi and cavities; Weak trunk or branch unions; Encircling root compressing the trunk (a flat-sided trunk at the ground level is a good indicator); Recent lean, especially if the soil or grass has lifted on one side. See these examples below – if your trees have similar problems, we suggestconsulting a professional. Pruning can be dangerous work, but it can encourage trees to develop a strong structure and reduce the likelihood of damage during severe weather. Winter is the best time to prune because branches are easy to see, diseases cannot spread, and there is minimal stress on the tree. Never prune trees within 10’ of utility lines; instead contact the local utility company. If pruning cannot be done with both feet on the ground or if power tools are required, hire an arborist. When hiring a professional to assess your tree, look for a New Jersey licensed tree expert with proof of insurance. Remember that a $10 permit application is required for pruning or removing trees in the planting strip between the sidewalk and curb. Permits are available at Borough Hall and at the Forms and Applications link For more information, see the Tree Owners Manual , Forest Service, US Department of Agriculture.



Duties of the Shade Tree Commission:

a.     Exercise full and exclusive control over the regulation, planting and care of shade and ornamental trees and shrubbery now located, or which may hereafter be planted, in any public highway, park or parkway, except such as are excluded pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:64-10 in the Borough, including the planting, trimming, spraying, care and protection thereof;

b.     Regulate and control the use of the ground surrounding the same, so far as may be necessary for their proper growth, care and protection;

c.     Move or require the removal of any tree, or part thereof, dangerous to public safety;

d.     Care for and control such parks and parkways; encourage arboriculture; make, alter, amend and repeal, in the manner prescribed for the passage, alteration, amendment and repeal of ordinances of the Borough Council, any and all ordinances necessary or proper for carrying out the provisions hereof:

e.     Administer treatment to or remove any tree, situated upon private property, if the tree is believed to harbor a disease or insects readily communicable to neighbor-ing healthy trees in the care of the Borough and enter upon private property for that purpose, with the consent of the owner thereof, provided the suspected condition is first confirmed by certificate issued by or on behalf of the Department of Agriculture.

f.      Study the problems and determine the needs of the Borough in connection with its shade tree program. Assist the properly constituted officials of the Borough, including the Mayor, Borough Council, and citizens of the Borough, in the dissemination of news and information regarding the selection, planting and maintenance of trees within the Borough, whether the same be on private or public property, and to make such recommendations as it may deem appropriate to the Mayor and Borough Council as to desirable legislation concerning the tree program and activities for the Borough.

g.     Provide regular and special meetings as which the subject of trees insofar as it relates to the Borough may be discussed by the members of the Shade Tree Commission, officers and personnel of the Borough and its several divisions, and all others interested in the tree program.

h.     Have the authority to promulgate the rules and regulations of the Arboricultural Specifications and Standards of Practice governing the planting, main-tenance, removal, fertilization, pruning, and bracing of trees on public areas in the Borough, and direct, regulate and control the planting, maintenance and removal of all trees growing now or hereafter in any public area of the Borough. The Shade Tree Com-mission, its designated agent, or a qualified alternate designated by the Mayor shall cause the provision of this Chapter to be enforced.

i.      Formulate a Master Street Tree Plan, following a hearing and the approval of the Mayor and Council of the Borough. This Plan shall specify the species of tree to be planted on each of the streets or other public sites of the Borough. From and after the effective date of the adoption of the Master Street Tree Plan, or any amend-ment thereof, all planting shall conform thereto.

            Consideration shall be taken of all existing and future utility and environmental factors when recommending a specific species for each of the streets and other public sites of the Borough.

j.      Until such time as a Municipal Arborist is engaged by the Mayor and Borough Council, the Shade Tree Commission or its designated agent shall:

1.     Supervise or inspect all work done under a Permit issued in accordance with the terms of this Chapter.

2.     Affix reasonable conditions to the granting of a Permit in accordance with the terms of this Chapter.




Belmar’s Preferred Tree-planting list for homeowners


Suggested Street Trees

 (for planting between sidewalk and curb or “planting strip”)


Trees must be: 2” – 2½” in diameter (caliper)


High branched

Nursery grown, Quality A grade, and free of disease and insects

Balled and burlapped (B&B) using natural fiber rope and burlap

Newly planted trees must be watered deeply for the first 2 years

“Gator bags” may be used during the summer months



Smaller Trees – for locations under the utility wires

Common Name Latin/Botanical Name

Downy Serviceberry Amelanchier arborea

Serviceberry, shadblow, cumulus Amelanchier canadensis or laevis

Serviceberry, apple Amelanchier x grandiflora

Amur maackia Maackia amurensis

Japanese lilac, ivory silk Syringa reticulata

Japanese flowering/Amanogawa cherry Prunus serrulata

Cornelian cherry Cornus mas

Carolina silverbell - Rosea Halesia tetraptera

Eastern redbud – Forest pansy Cercis canadensis

Amur and Trident Maple Acer ginnala and beurgerianum


Large Trees – for locations without overhead utility wires


Common Name Latin/Botanical Name

London planetree, Yarwood or Bloodgood Platanus x acerifolia

Red maple Acer rubrum

Swamp white oak Quercus bicolor

American basswood linden Tilia americana

Thornless honey locust Gleditsia triancanthos inermis

Kentucky coffeetree (males) Gymnocladus dioicus


CLICK HERE to download /print the suggested tree list


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