Utah Division of
Forestry, Fire & State Lands

Utah Department of Natural Resources

Heritage Trees

washington square heritage treesUtah's Heritage Tree Program aims to celebrate the State's rich history through trees. Trees played a critical role in the establishment of most Utah communities and continue to stand witness to important historic events. People need trees and, often in Utah, trees need people. The Heritage Tree Program tells this story.

Explore Utah’s Heritage Trees at your computer through this interactive map!

During its 1975 General Session, the Utah Legislature enacted Heritage Tree legislation. The Heritage Tree Act requires the preservation of rare, threatened, or vanishing species of trees in order to preserve Utah's scenic beauty and historic past. In part, the act states that its purpose is to "retain as many heritage trees as possible consistent with the reasonable and economic enjoyment of private property."

According to Utah law, the term 'heritage trees' refers to any tree or group of trees designated by the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands that:

  • Has exceptional national, state, or local historic significance;
  • Has an exceptional size or exceptional form for its species;
  • Has an exceptional age for its species; or
  • Is the sole representative of its species.

The Heritage Tree Act also created a Heritage Trees Advisory Committee comprised of members from the Utah Community Forest Council. In addition to providing program oversight, this committee reviews on-going Heritage Tree nominations.

Nominate a Heritage Tree in your community!

Heritage Tree Nomination Form

For more information contact:
Jeran Farley, Urban & Community Forestry Coordinator
801-538-5505
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Utah Heritage Trees List

Common Name
Species
City
Year Planted
Name of Nominator
American Elm and Giant Sequoia Ulmus Americana, Sequoia dendron giganteum South Salt Lake City 1965, 1890 (respectively) Nick Bosen
American Elm Ulmus americana Mapleton 1885 Orpha Dee Johnson
American Elm Ulmus americana Salt Lake City 1860 Irvin Hull (Zenda)
Austrian Pines Pinus nigra Holladay 1860 Leo J. Henrichsen
Bald Cypress Taxiodium distichum Provo 1941 Lorna Harrison
Black Locust Robinia pseudoacacia American Fork 1860 Darin Nerdin
Robinia pseudoacacia Herriman 1858 Krystal Brklacich
Black Willow Trees Salix nigra Fairfield 1855 Ben White
Blue Spruce Picea pungens Ashley National Forest Unknown A.J. Frandsen, S. Goodrich
Bur Oak Quercus macrocarpa Provo Late 1800s to Early 1900s Lorna Harrison
Catalpa Catalpa speciosa Springville 1856 Margaret Conover
Cercocarpus Alderleaf Cercocarpus montanus Salt Lake City Unknown Tony Dietz
Cercocarpus Alderleaf Cercocarpus montanus Salt Lake City Unknown Hal Jensen
Cercocarpus, Curleaf Mountain Mahogany Cercocarpus ledofolius Fish Lake National Forest Unknown Doug Page, Bruce Bonebrake, and Chris Colt
Cercocarpus, Curleaf Mountain Mahogany Cercocarpus ledofolius Sandy Unknown Brian Challis
Cottam Oak Grove Quercus gambelii x turbinella Salt Lake City Approximately 2993 BC Meridith Perkins
Engelmann Spruce Picea engelmanii Mapleton 1895 Orpha Dee Johnson
English Oak Quercus robur Salt Lake City 1940 Ellis Johnson
European Larch Larix decidua Provo 1847-1920 Lorna Harrison
Fremont Cottonwood Populus fremontii Callao 1859 David Bagley
Fremont Cottonwood Populus fremontii Salt Lake City 1863 Irvin Hull (Zenda)
Fremont Cottonwood Populus fremontii Salt Lake City Early 1880s Irvin Hull (Zenda)
Fremont Cottonwood Populus fremontii Parowan Pre 1847 Patrick Moore
Fremont Cottonwood Populus fremontii Provo Late 1800s to Early 1900s Lorna Harrison
Fremont Cottonwood Populus Toquerville Estimated: 1750s Darlene Maxwell Wilder
Fremont Cottonwood Populus fremontii Uintah County Pre 1833 Wanda Staley
Giant Sequoia Sequoia dendron giganteum Cedar City 1933
Goldenrain Koelreuteria paniculata Springville 1875 Margaret Conover
Horsechestnut Aesculus Hippocastanum Springville 1850 Margaret Conover
Limber Pine Pinus flexilis Uinta National Forest Uknown Thomas A. Walker, W. Crawford, T. Dietz
Littleleaf Linden Tilia cordata Sterling 1900 Merial Hawkins
London Planetrees Platanus x acerifolia Santa Clara 1941-1949 Brad Hays
London Planetree Platanus x acerifolia Salt Lake City Unknown Scott Zeidler
Mulberries Morus Salt Lake City Mid 1800's Robin Gray Bennion
Norway Maple Acer platanoides Salt Lake City 1916 Mitchell Koles
Pecan Nut Tree Carya illinoensis Toquerville 1897 A. N. Jones
Pecan Nut Tree Carya illinoensis Virgin Approx: 1800s Lorinda Rose
Pioneer Honey Locust Gleditsia triacanthos Salt Lake City 1849 Irvin Hull (Zenda)
Red Mulberry Morus rubra St. George 1870's Ron Larsen
Red Oak Quercus rubra Provo 1873 Dorthy Simonsen Nielson
Rocky Mountain Juniper Juniperus scopulorum Cache National Forest Unknown R.P. McLaughlin
Rocky Mountain Jumiper Juniperus scopulorum Springville 1861 Margaret Conover
Rocky Mountain White Fir Abies concolor var. concolor Uinta National Forest Uknown Barbara Gardener
Silver Linden Tilia tomentosa Springville 1880 Wilby Metcalf
Sweet Cherry and Flowering Pear Prunus avium, Pyrus calleryana Bradford West Valley 1964 Darin Nerdin
Washington Square Multiple Species Salt Lake City Late 1800s to Early 1900s Lloyd Siegendorf and Irvin Hull (Zenda)
Weeping American Elm Ulmus americana Provo 1927 Lorna Harrison
Western Boxelder Acer negundo Salt Lake City 1855 Irvin Hull (Zenda)
Winter Pear Pyrus species Springville 1865 Margaret Conover
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