Urban Forestry

The Town of Holly Springs provides care and maintenance of the town's public trees and street trees. The Town’s public tree program includes planting, removal and maintenance of trees located on public property and in street rights-of-way. The program is administered by Development Services, in cooperation with the Parks & Recreation and Public Works Departments, and the Holly Springs Tree Advisory Committee.

Tree City USA

Holly Springs is seeking the designation as a Tree City USA. The Tree City USA program is a nationwide movement that guides communities to manage and expand their public trees. To achieve this status, the Town must meet their four core standards of sound urban forestry management. To find out more about the Tree City USA program please visit their website: Tree City USA

Tree Advisory Committee

The recently formed Holly Springs Tree Advisory Committee is here to provide public information initiatives helping residents understand the importance and need for tree preservation and maintenance.  The Tree Advisory Committee plans an annual Arbor Day event.

Tree Care Tips

Identify your tree. There are many online resources to help identify the species of trees or a nursery can help identify the tree by a leaf sample and a photograph.

Different trees = Different care. Each species of tree requires different care, planting needs, lighting, and soil. Taking care to plant trees properly can save on care in the future.

Protect tree roots with mulch. Mulch help keep soil moist, control weed growth, reduces soil erosion, and can release nutrient into the as if organic mulch is used. Keep the mulch at a depth of 2” – 4” inches and aerate to keep it from becoming compacted.

Annual check-up. Check for health issues or weaknesses can be caught early on with an annual inspection. Prune broken branches to protect your property from potential damage.

Food and drink. Amend the soil with organic or synthetic fertilizers to help provide the tree with proper nutrients for healthy growth. When planted correctly, a tree typically only requires water for its first growing season. Once established, fertilizing in the fall is recommended. During dry spells and the summer months, trees may require additional.  Water trees slowly and for a long duration.  Trees drink from their roots. 

Prune. Pruning promotes even and healthy development of trees.

2019 HollyFest Tree Giveaway | Tree Planting Program
Planting trees is vital to improving our community appearance, environment and overall health.  The Town gave away approximately 1,000 trees as part of our ongoing efforts to increase the tree canopy and beauty of our community.  Recipients of the trees are asked to register the tree on an interactive map to assist the Town in monitoring the success of the program.

The following tree species were given away at the 2019 HollyFest Tree Giveway:

Picture of a American Redbud Deciduous TreeAmerican Redbud - Cercis canadensis

Common Name: Redbud
Type: Deciduous shrub/tree
Family: Fabaceae
Zone: 4 to 9
Height 20’ – 30’
Spread 25’ – 35’
Bloom Time: April
Bloom Description: Pink, Purple/Lavender
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low

Picture of a Black Gum Deciduous TreeBlack Gum - Nyssa sylvatica 

Common Name: Black Gum / Black Tupelo
Type: Deciduous tree
Family: Nyssaceae
Zone: 3 to 9
Height: 30.00 to 50.00 feet
Spread: 20.00 to 30.00 feet
Bloom Time: Spring
Bloom Description: Greenish white
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium to wet
Maintenance: Low 
Picture of a Kousa Dogwood Deciduous TreeKousa Dogwood - Cornus kousa

Common Name: Dogwood
Type: Deciduous shrub/tree
Family: Cornaceae
Zone: 4 to 8
Height: 20.00 to 30.00 feet
Spread: 21.00 to 30.00 feet
Bloom Time: April
Bloom Description: Pink, White
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Picture of a Nellie R. Stevens Holly Broadlead Evergreen treeNellie R. Stevens Holly - Ilex Nellie R. Stevens

Common Name: Holly  
Type: Broadleaf evergreen
Family: Aquifoliaceae
Zone: 6 to 9
Height: 15.00 to 25.00 feet
Spread: 8.00 to 12.00 feet
Bloom Time: April
Bloom Description: Greenish-white
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Hedge
Picture of aShumard Oak Deciduous TreeShumard Oak - Quercus shumardii

Common Name: Shumard Oak
Type: Large Deciduous tree
Family: Fagaceae
Zone: 5 to 9
Height: 40.00 to 60.00 feet
Spread: 30.00 to 40.00 feet
Bloom Time: Early Spring
Bloom Description: Green, Cream/Tan
Sun: Full sun
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low