Trees in City Park

The pride and joy of City Park

The 5,000th tree since Hurricane Katrina was planted in New Orleans City Park on Dec. 5th, 2012.

The 5,000th tree since Hurricane Katrina was planted in New Orleans City Park on Dec. 5th, 2012.

City Park’s 30,000 trees are the pride and joy of the Park –  one of our most treasured assets. The Park is home to the oldest grove of mature live oaks in the world, including the magnificent Anseman Oak and McDonogh Oak, which are between 750 and 900 years old.

Although the Park lost approximately 2,000 trees after Hurricane Katrina, we have already planted above and beyond. We planted more than 8,000 trees in the past several years, in keeping with our master plan to not only repair damage but to build a better Park.

Inside the Park, you’ll find scores of different tree species, including live oak, bald cypress, magnolia, slash pine and sweet gum. We also have a diverse collection of oak varieties, including cherrybark, cow, nutall, overcup, post, sawtooth, shumard, water, white and willow.

Spanish Moss and Resurrection Fern

Spanish Moss and Resurrection Fern

Friends of the trees of City Park

Spanish Moss and Resurrection Fern are often found growing on the oaks of New Orleans City Park. They are a special part of the atmosphere we've all become accustomed to thinking about when we think 'Deep South Oaks'.

Learn more about the Live Oaks of City Park here

You can help protect the trees with a donation to the City Park Tree Fund. You can also name a tree after yourself or a loved one. Be a tree hugger. 

Tree Facts
* A mature tree absorbs 120 to 240 pounds of pollutants every year.

* The average person consumes about 386 pounds of oxygen per year. The average, healthy tree (say, a 32-foot ash tree) can produce about 260 pounds of oxygen annually. Two trees supply the oxygen needs of one person every year.

* If every American planted just one tree, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere would be reduced by one billion pounds annually. This is nearly 5 percent of the amount that humans pump into the atmosphere every year.

* A mature bald cypress can absorb as much as 880 gallons of water in one day!

“As the poet said, ‘only God can make a tree,’ probably because it’s so hard to figure out how to get the bark on.” – Woody Allen

“Trees are the best monuments that a man can erect to his own memory.  They speak his praises without flattery, and they are blessings to children yet unborn.”  – Lord Orrery, 1749

“The wonder is that we can see these trees and not wonder more.”  – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Song of the Open Road”
I think that I shall never see
A billboard lovely as a tree.
Perhaps, unless the billboards fall,
I’ll never see a tree at all.  – Ogden Nash

“Other holidays repose on the past. Arbor Day proposes the future.” – J. Sterling Morton

“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” – Greek proverb

“Today’s mighty oak is just yesterday’s nut that held its ground.” – Anonymous

"For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.” – Martin Luther’

“One generation plants a tree, the next enjoys its shade.” – Chinese proverb

The beautiful bright green buds on the Louisiana Cypress trees!

The beautiful bright green buds on the Louisiana Cypress trees!