Heritage Trees

As part of their goals, the Tree Committee created the Heritage Tree Program, which was approved by City Council on December 8, 2011. The program was developed to recognize, honor, and foster appreciation of trees on public or private property for their unique history, shape, size, beauty and specie that have cultural, historical and aesthetic value. The program was launched at 2012's Arbor Day event, and since that time, the committee has received nominations of Heritage Trees.

Learn more about the Heritage Tree Program (PDF) here.

Access a fill-in pdf nomination form (PDF) for the Heritage Tree Program here.

A total of 16 trees were designated by City Council as Heritage Trees on March 27, 2014. View pictures of the 2014 Heritage Trees and learn about the 2013 Heritage Trees.

Common Name of Tree

Tree Location

Property Owner / Nominator

Genus / Species

Diameter & Height

Approximate Age

Historical Information

Burr Oak

Side yard of 559 Sutton Drive

Xenia, OH

Actually faces Edison Boulevard

Vera Eaton/Nimfa Simpson

Quercus macrocarpa


DBH: 75 inches, Height: 90 feet

300 to 350 years

According to the owner, the tree was in existence at the time the plat was developed in the 1950s. The house was originally built in the 1950 and was completely rebuilt after the 1974 tornado. Miraculously, the tree survived several wind events. The tree is covered with English ivy. This is considered a Super Heritage Tree by virtue of its size and age.

Red Oak

Front yard of 117 N Patton Street

Donna M. St. Felix

Quercus rubra Fagaceae

DBH: 37 inches, Height: 60 feet

100 to 120 years

House was built in 1963; the tree must have been in existence then along with the remains of another older tree whose trunk, which measures around 200” at the base. The beautiful crown, which turns red in the fall, provides aesthetic beauty and shade to the residential home.

Common Baldcypress

Rear yard of 50 E Church Street

William F. and Poh Y. Medlin/Karl Ian Ransome

Taxodium distichum Cupressaceae

DBH: 37 inches, Height: 72 feet

90 to 110 years

Planting date is unknown but house was built about 1922 so tree may be at least 90 years old. This is a deciduous tree but in the Spring has fresh green leaves turning brown in Autumn. Normally grows in swampy areas in the South but our subsoil is quite a heavy moisture retaining clay which helps. It survived the 1974 tornado.

English Oak (Group of Four)

Parking lot at the corner of Whiteman Street and E Church; 101 E Church

Greene County Board of Commissioners/Kim Hupman

Quercus robur


Diameter at Base: 14 inches

Height: 40 feet (Multi-stem)

25 years

This is a group of 4 oak trees planted in 1994 at the time the lot was converted to a parking lot. At the time of planting, they may have been at least 5 years old. They survive this heavily utilized parking area and demonstrate diversity in the urban forest. With their strong vertical lines, they exemplify the best qualities of their species.

Japanese Maple 'Bloodgood'

431 N West Street

Melissa Sanders/Kim Hupman

Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' Aceraceae

Diameter at Base: 15 inches

Height: 24 feet (Multi-stem)

50 to70 years

The Bloodgood Japanese Maple enhances this landscape with a delightful spring flush of red foliage that changes to dark green in the summer heat, but regains its splendor in the fall with a spectacular display of “blood” red again! Be sure to follow this trees’ progress throughout the year.

London Planetree

Corner of W 2nd Street/Rockwell Street at 1217 Rockwell Drive

Samantha and Aaron Jack/Kim Hupman

Platanus acerifolia Platanaceae

Diameter: 39 inches, Height: 64 feet

100 to 120 years

The size of this tree suggests that it must have been in existence long before the house was built in 1957. The tree majestically stands out on W. Second Street where most trees have been topped. Its trunk has an attractive, light brown bark, exfoliating into creamy, olive and yellow patches. Thankfully, the beautiful crown and trunk were left unscathed by the 1974 and 2000 Xenia tornadoes.

European Hornbeam

(Group of Two)

Front of Xenia Foundry at 252 N West Street

Robert Huston - Xenia Foundry/ Kim Hupman

Carpinus betulus 'Fastigiata' Betulaceae

The 2 trees have Diameter at Base: 16 inches

Height: 40 feet (Multi-stem)

One tree appears larger because it has a broader crown.

25 years

Planted as 5-year old saplings in 1994, the trees have common name of “Iron Wood” which signifies one of the products of the Xenia Foundry pig iron. The strong, gray, smooth bark shields the extremely hard wood. The species is rare in the trade, but forms an outstanding vase shape canopy that is suited for a tight urban environment. Good examples of trees that survive a harsh environment through proper maintenance and care.

Saucer Magnolia

Corner of Stewart and Sheelin Drive

1173 Stewart Avenue

Mona Louderback/Kim Hupman

Magnolia soulangeana Magnoliaceae

Diameter at Base: 22 inches

Height: 32 feet (Multi-stem)

45-50 years

This quintessential tree is as common as fertilizer in every garden store, but a specimen, like this 1, in full flower is one of spring’s greatest spectacles. Bought as a small container seedling at Rink’s at a going out of business sale before the 1974 tornado, the beautiful blooms represent spring more so than any other tree.

Scarlet Oak

Front yard of 1551 Drake Drive

Judy and Roger Martin/Nimfa Simpson

Quercus coccinea


DBH: 43 inches

Height: 80 feet

120 to 140 years

Based on its size, this tree must have been in existence way before the house was built in 1957. Its beautiful and majestic form enhances the landscape of the neighborhood especially when its crown turns scarlet in the fall. Because of its height, the tree can be seen from a distance. The near perfect trunk and branches suggest that it withstood the intensity of the 1974 and 2000 Xenia Tornado.

Group of Trees

Shingle Oak

Black Oak

American Elm

Between bike path and Faith Community Methodist Church parking lot

100 Country Club Drive

Faith Community Methodist Church

Quercus imbricaria


Quercus velutina


Ulmus americana


DBH: 32 inches, Height 68 feet

DBH: 35 inches, Height: 72 feet

DBH: 31 inches, Height: 64 feet

120 to 140 years

110 to130 years

90 to 110 years

The trees are part of the wooded area that provides arching canopied shade along this segment of the bike path in the summer. The bike path was the former route of the Pennsylvania Railroad. The trees demonstrate resilience as they withstood the rail traffic, the bike path construction activities, infestations and major tornadoes. In the fall, they display interesting colors for bikers to behold. The Black Oak which its thick, glossy, pointed lobed leaves turn orange or red. The leaves of the Shingle Oak are shiny and lance-shaped which turn brown to russet in the fall. Even in the coldest of seasons, when most trees provide little interest Shingle Oak retain their leaves and offer interesting feature for the winter landscape. The American Elm’s foliage transforms to a pleasing yellow in the fall. This American Elm has co-dominate trunks with a very large poison ivy vine on its east side. The Dutch elm disease killed most American Elms; to find 1 this size is rare. Together with 1 across that was a Heritage Tree in 2013, this is a unique addition to this group.