Municipal Center Tree Replacement Project scheduled for late November

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

​(Virginia Beach, VA) - Many Bradford Pear trees that line the streets within the City of Virginia Beach Municipal Center have required removal in recent years due to utility line conflicts, safety concerns, and structural impairment. Bradford Pear trees often demonstrate poor branch structure, detrimental invasiveness, and age-related failure. The City of Virginia Beach has previously designated the trees as unacceptable for new plantings on City property, and is beginning to make replacements based on tree condition and location.

Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation’s Landscape Management Division will implement a phased plan for removal of the Bradford Pear trees and replacement with a more acceptable tree species along Courthouse Drive, Princess Anne Road, Nimmo Parkway, and George Mason Drive in late November 2014.

Traffic may be impacted when tree work begins on Courthouse Drive and Princess Anne Road during the Thanksgiving holiday, November 27 – 30, 2014. Replacement tree planting is scheduled to occur the following weekend, December 6-7, to eliminate disruption to City business. Future phases will include replacement of Bradford Pear trees along George Mason Drive and Nimmo Parkway.

The replacement tree species to be planted on Courthouse Drive is the Cathedral Live Oak, an upright cultivar well-suited as a street tree and tolerant of urban environments. The Live Oak is designated as the official tree of Virginia Beach. For tree replacements along Princess Anne Road, the Valley Forge American Elm will be planted, a new disease-resistant cultivar which has been successfully planted in Washington, D.C. Implementing this proactive urban forest management approach prevents costly unscheduled hazard tree removals and potential property damage. Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation strives to provide residents with the benefits of maintaining a healthy urban forest which includes homeowner energy cost savings, environmental well-being, and economic vitality.

For additional information, please contact Symsi Houser at (757) 385-4461 or via email at

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