Commemorative Tree Donation Program

Commemorative TreesAvailable Sites | Application

By planting a tree in honor of a special event or a special person, you can provide a remembrance that is important to you, your family and your community. The Borough of Haddonfield is pleased to work with individuals interested in giving a dedicated tree. This information is offered to help you in your planning.

  • Freedley-Commemorative-Tree-Street-sceneA $1,000 minimum donation is requested to establish a dedicated tree. This covers the cost of acquiring the tree and the commemorative plaque as well as the planting and maintenance cost. Please make your request in writing to the Haddonfield Shade Tree Commission at 242 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield, NJ 08033. An application form including the requested wording for the plaque and the preferred planting site is available through the Borough website, below.
  • Tree types and planting sites will be selected by the Haddonfield Shade Tree Commission in consultation with the Department of Public Works. This insures that the sites are appropriate to support the tree, are in locations where plantings are needed by the borough, and that the tree species are consistent with the street trees planted successfully throughout the borough. All sites are provided on a first come, first served basis, based on a completed application, including payment.
  • Trees acquired for dedication are approximately 8-12 feet tall or measure 1.5 to 2.5 inches in diameter. Size will depend on the type of tree selected and its availability. The Department of Public Works will acquire, plant and maintain the dedicated tree.
  • Donors may request an engraved brass plaque through the Shade Tree Commission, to be placed near the dedicated tree. This approved plaque is approximately 5 inches by 8 inches and includes commemorative wording as well as the tree's scientific and common names. Contact the Shade Tree Commission for further information and to determine the wording for the plaque.
  • Bynum-Commemorative-Tree-Street-SceneIf a dedicated tree dies within 3 years of being planted, it will be replaced with no additional donation. The replacement tree will be of the type and size being planted by the borough that year as part of its spring planting program. After 3 years, if a dedicated tree dies, an additional donation will be requested to replace the tree and maintain the engraved plaque in the tree well.  If no further donation is made, the engraved plaque will be given to the donor and a new donor sought for that location.. Dedications are made for the life of the dedicated tree, not the location itself.
  • Most species of trees are best planted only in the spring. Scheduling the planting of dedicated trees will be planned based on the best planting time. The borough reserves the right to transplant or, if necessary, remove dedicated trees if required for future public works efforts. If this becomes necessary, the Department of Public Works will attempt to contact the donor about any such necessary changes.
  • Contact the Shade Tree Commission by the March meeting date for a Spring planting that year and to gather for further information about possible sites and tree species, as well as details regarding the desired plaque. For a spring planting, please inquire of the Shade Tree Commission by March meeting date, by the September meeting date for a fall planting.


Freedley-plaqueSuggested wording for plaque:

  • Line 1
    Reason for commemoration and date (letter height of 5/16", approximately 24-30 letters and/or spaces)
  • Line 2
    Name of honored person or event (letter height of 8/16", approximately 16-20 letters and/or spaces)
  • Line 3
    Information about honored person or event (letter height of 6/16", approximately 18-25 letter and/or space maximum)
  • Line 4
    Information about honored person or event or donor (letter height of 6/16", approximately 18-25 letter and/or space maximum)
  • Line 5
    Common and botanical name of commemorative tree (letter height of 5/16", approximately 24-30 letters and/or spaces) This tree species information is required on all commemorative plaques.

Examples of commemorative plaques:

In Loving Memory of 
John A. Smith
Good friend to All
May 2007
Willow Oak (Quercus phellos)

With Much Thanks to
Richard Schwab
Borough Administrator
25 Years of Service
Sawtooth Oak (Q. accustissima)

Sample size of bronze plaque - 8" wide by 5" high - with ½ inch double-lined border around the plaque. Available space is 7" by 4". The plaque will be attached to a display stone, to ensure that it is not easily removed or vandalized, and placed in the planting site.


Sites Available for Commemorative Trees
Sites are available for commemorative tree plantings. Sites will be allotted on a first come, first serve basis, based on the date that the completed application and accompanying payment is received. Applications are available on-line and through the Borough Hall, and should be returned to the Shade Tree Commission at 242 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield, NJ 08033. 

Following is a list of sites that are available

    Location   Availability
Site 1   216 Kings Hwy E   future donor identified
Site 2   5 Kings Hwy N    
Popular sites are generally locations along Kings Highway and adjacent areas along Tanner Street and
Haddon Avenue, however, Commemorative Tree locations may be identified across various Borough park strips and other public property in Haddonfield with Shade Tree Commission approval.

Following is a list of sites for which trees have already been donated.  These sites have been selected since March 2008 when this program began.
    Name   Tree
Location   Honored Donated By   Species Common Name
210 Kings Hwy East   John H. Adler, III Mary and Carol Previte   Acer rubrum 'Franksred' Red Maple
27 Kings Hwy N   All Angel Babies Kumor Family   Ginkgo Biloba ‘Magyar’ Ginkgo
143 Kings Hwy N   Mary Angelina Kumor Family   Nyssa sylvatica Black Tupelo
131 Kings Hwy East   Robert J. Barrett Todd Marthins   Quercus acutissima Sawtooth Oak
8 Tanner Street   Wayne O. Betz Gretchen Betz   Acer rubrum 'Franksred' Red Maple
124 Kings Hwy E   William H. Bromley Haddonfield Rotary Club   Quercus acutissima Sawtooth Oak
19 Kings Hwy East   Margaret M. Bynum Grace Episcopal Church   Quercus acutissima Sawtooth Oak
19 Kings Hwy East   William "Bill" Davison Louann Eastwick,Barbara   Acer rubrum 'Franksred' Red Maple
      Jon & William Davison      
110 Kings Hwy East   Marie and Guy Elzey   The Loving Family     Zelkova serrata      Japanese Zelkova
16 Kings Hwy East   Howard D. Frazier Borough   Acer saccharum Sugar Maple
6-8 Kings Hwy East   Robert P. "Rusty" Freedley Denise Freedley Elliott   Quercus phellos Willow Oak
101 Kings Hwy East   Haddonfield Garden Club Garden Club   Quercus acutissima Sawtooth Oak
208 Kings Hwy East   Haddonfield Lions Club - 60 years Haddonfield Lions Club   Tilia cordata Littleleaf Linden
151 Kings Hwy East   Sarah O'Rourke LeCates Mary O'Rourke LeCates   Acer rubrum Red Maple
Library Point   Diane Maslowski Maslowski family   Picea abies Norway Spruce
202 Kings Hwy East   Mary Margaret Master PruFox & Roach Hlfd staff   Quercus phellos Willow Oak
206 Kings Hwy East   Val Monshaw Harriet Monshaw   Quercus alba White Oak
51 Kings Hwy East   Charles and Gail Poliero The Poliero Family   Tilla cordata 'Greenspire' Littleleaf Linden
101 Kings Hwy East   Richard J. Quigley, Jr. Kathleen Quigley   Acer rubrum 'Franksred' Red Maple
33 Kings Hwy East   Doug Rauschenberger   Haddonfield Rotary   Zelkova serrata    Japanese Zelkova
232 Kings Hwy East   C. Carlton Read Grace Parsons   Tilla cordata 'Greenspire' Littleleaf Linden
20 Kings Hwy   Edmund H. Reeves, Jr Reeves Family   Quercus phellos Willow Oak
Little League field   Walter "Buck" Russell Hfld Little League   Acer rubrum 'Franksred' Red Maple
123 Kings Hwy East   Michael Russo Vincent Russo   Acer rubrum 'Franksred' Red Maple
Little League field   Donald S. Ryan Borough   Tillia americana 'Redmond' American Linden
26 Kings Hwy East   Richard B. Schwab Borough   Fraxinus americana White Ash
132 Kings Hwy   Richard B. Schwab Borough   Quercus phellos Willow Oak
3 S Haddon Ave   Bonnie Lea Simonson Simonson Family   Ulmus parvifolia Lacebark Elm
12 Tanner Street   James David Spinelli Anonymous   Acer campestre 'Evelyn' Hedge Maple
250 Kings Hwy East   Bette & Nathan H. Zauber Interlink Media / Gregg Meister   Acer rubrum Red Maple


Application (PDF 40K)