LOCAL TREES
LEARN ABOUT OUR LOCAL TREES

You may know about our state tree, the Live Oak (Quercus virginiana), but do you know about all of our other local trees here in Savannah?

Local trees range from iconic natives, such as the Live Oak, to problematic invasives, like Chinese Tallow (Triadica sebifera), and everything in between! In every scenario, we have to make sure we are planting the right tree in the right place. Click the video links below to learn about some of our local tree species!
NATIVE TREES

NATIVE TREES & SPECIES DIVERSITY ARE IMPORTANT

While not all non-native tree species are invasive, promoting native tree species has many benefits. These include habitat for wildlife, adaptation to local climate conditions, and incredible species diversity. Many non-native species that are planted are cultivars (a tree selectively bred for certain characteristics), and do not have the genetic diversity of native species. This is particularly important for resistance to pests and pathogens. Click the links below to learn about some of our native tree species, and where they can be found around Chatham County.


Looking to buy some natives of your own? While some nurseries do carry a selection of native species, each fall the Savannah Tree Foundation holds a native plant sale. Stay tuned for updates on next year’s sale!

IDENTIFY YOUR TREEE

CHECK OUT THIS RESOURCE TO HELP YOU IDENTIFY TREE SPECIES

right tree, right place

The key to a successful tree planting is making sure you plant the Right Tree in the Right Place. With a little bit of research and planning, you can choose the perfect tree for your space. Read our Right Tree, Right Place handout and browse our list of local trees to learn what trees may be right for your property.