Heritage Tree Plaques & Competition

Magruder Park Champion Oak1

To celebrate the 135th anniversary of the 1886 founding of Hyattsville, the Tree Board and City Council invite residents to identify trees on their property that were likely growing when Christopher Clark Hyatt began incorporating our city.

Citizens who have a Heritage Tree can apply to receive a commemorative plaque! Send an email to heritagetrees@hyattsville.org with your address, tree variety, and it's circumference. A member of the Tree Board will contact you to come verify the information. Submissions accepted until April 30, 2021.

How do you know if you have a Heritage Tree? Measure the tree's circumference at 4.5 feet above ground. Check your measurement against the chart below:



 120-140" River Birch, Silver Maple, Pin Oak, Linden, Tulip
Elm, Green Ash, Red Oak, Sweet Gum, Willow Oak, Walnut, Red Maple, Blue Spruce,  Sycamore
Sugar Maple, White Birch, Black Cherry, Douglas Fir, White Oak, Shagbark Hickory,  Ironwood (Hophornbeam), Beech


Middle and high school students living in Hyattsville can submit an essay or art project responding to the question: “If trees could talk, what would yours say about the events it has lived through?” Art projects may include drawings, paintings, sculptures, digital artworks or other artistic responses to the question. 

One essay and one art project will each be selected to receive a $150 prize!

Submissions will be accepted between March 1 - April 30, 2021. Essays are limited to 500 words and up to three photos or scans of art projects will be accepted.