Corrective Landscape Removal to Affect North End Buffer Along Atlantic Avenue

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

(Virginia Beach, VA) – Starting in mid-June, Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation will be performing extensive removal of dead shrubbery along Atlantic Avenue in the North End section of Virginia Beach. Large flowering Oleander evergreen shrubs that have served as a buffer in this area will be removed due to damage caused by record cold temperatures this past winter.


Because of similar damage from the below freezing temperatures in early 2014, the Oleanders on the west side of Atlantic Avenue from 43rd to 89th Streets (a distance of approximately three miles) were cut back to 2-3 feet in height to stimulate new growth. Although they recovered last year, the low temperatures this past winter, which broke previous records for Hampton Roads, killed most of the existing Oleanders. The removal work is expected to be completed by late-July.


In collaboration with the North Virginia Beach Civic League, plans are under way to replant with different evergreen and flowering species in the fall. For additional information, please contact Shawn Hopson in Landscape Management at (757) 385-8424 or via email at


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