Tree Dedication

Dedicate a tree and support its role in the ecosystem of The Green. Tree dedications, which are $10,000 and renewable after 10 years, include a digital certificate for your species of choice and onsite signage with donor or honoree name with an opportunity for a special inscription. Please note that there are limited quantities of each tree species. Once purchased, we will be in touch to determine where your dedication signage will be placed and what the message will say. Limited quantities of each tree species below are available.

Tree Species Available

Close-up image of American holly leaves.
American Holly

A beloved native known for decking the halls, this native tree offers high wildlife value to pollinating insects, is a larval host to Henry's elfin butterfly and provides a good source of winter food for birds. Latin name: Ilex opaca.

Overhead forest image with circle detail show black typelo tree.
Black Tupelo

This native species provides exceptional fall color. Bees produce tupelo honey from its nectar. The tree hosts 25 species of caterpillars and is a popular tree for cavity nesting birds such as the brown thrasher, Bicknell's thrush, wood thrush and northern flicker. Latin name: Nyssa sylvatica.

Image of multiple common persimmon trees.
Common Persimmon

The Green will include a male and female of this native species so that the tree will grow edible fruit for humans as well as songbirds and small mammals. The fruit matures in fall, becoming an orange to reddish-purple color, and is used in syrups, jellies and ice cream. Latin name: Diospyros virginiana.

Flowering Eastern redbud tree with bright pink flowers.
Eastern Redbud

This native–selected for its early blooming flowers and fall cover–provides high value to pollinating insects, including native bees and early season butterflies. The tree offers a nesting site, nesting materials and shelter for birds and mammals. Latin name: Cercis canadensis.

Flowering dogwood tree in bloom on the side of a small hill.
Flowering Dogwood

The Virginia state tree selected for showy white and pink flowers and fall colors attracts pollinators and fall birds, which feed on its berries. This native is the larval host to 115 native caterpillar species, including spring azure and summer azure. Latin name: Cornus florida.

Serviceberry in bloom with white flowers
Serviceberry

Sometimes called juneberries, this native species offers exceptional fall color, showy white flowers and attractive fruit that sustains wildlife. At least 40 bird species feed on the tree's berries including towhees, cedar waxwing and cardinals. Latin name: Amelanchier canadensis.

Close-up image of a sweetbay magnolia tree bloom
Sweetbay Magnolia - SOLD OUT

This native evergreen tree produces solitary, velvety-white, fragrant flowers in early to mid-summer followed by dark red fruits exposing bright red seeds in the fall. The fruit, seeds and insects the tree attracts all provide valuable food sources for birds like the eastern kingbird, eastern towhee and northern flicker. Latin name: Magnolia virginiana.

Image of tulip poplar tree in a large field.
Tulip Poplar

This native tree's flowering branches attract hummingbirds, serve as a favorite nesting spot for birds and function as a larval host to the eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly. Latin name: Liriodendron tulipifera.

Photo of neighborhood street lined with Willow Oaks
Willow Oak

The stately native willow oak will form The Green’s prominent allée. Willow oaks have narrow willow-like leaves with a bristle-like hair at the end of the foliage that turn a bronze color in fall. It is a long-lived tree often used as a shade tree in parks, golf courses and as a street tree. This tree is a high-value wildlife tree for birds and mammals. Latin name: Quercus phellos.

Ready to Make a Dedication?

For information on larger naming opportunities, please contact Kinsey Peeler at 804.864.1542 or kpeeler@smv.org.

Photo credits: American holly: ©MarinoDenisenko | Adobe Stock; black tupelo: ©Plant Image Library | Flickr; eastern redbud: Getty Images; flowering dogwood: Getty Images; persimmon: ©torjrtrx | Adobe Stock; serviceberry in bloom: ©Marc | Adobe Stock; sweetbay magnolia: ©tamu | Adobe Stock; tulip poplar: Getty Images; willow oak: Getty Images.

Other Ways to Support The Green

Your gift of any size in support of The Green is a gift to the entire city. Together we will create a free, urban park for all that will support the health of our planet and ourselves.

Rendering of what the Science Museum campus will look like when the green is complete.