Remembrance Trees

Current tree purchases will be for the 2021 planting season.
Remembrance Tree

Centre Region residents are invited to mark a personal milestone with a living reminder by placing a donation for a shade tree to be placed in a local park. Donors may choose their trees from lists created for each park.

The Remembrance Tree Program is a cooperative effort by Centre Region Parks and Recreation and five Centre Region municipalities, including the Borough of State College, and the Townships of College, Ferguson, Harris, and Patton.

Due to the popularity of some parks and the amount of Remembrance Trees already planted, as well as changing master plans for some of our municipal-owned parks, some parks are not available for the 2020 and 2021 planting seasons.  At this time, Remembrance Trees will not be planted at Haymarket Park, Holmes-Foster Park, Spring Creek Park, Sunset Park, and Tom Tudek Memorial Park. This list is not all-inclusive; please contact our office to inquire about available parks.

We would like to encourage Remembrance Trees to be planted at Ambleside Park, Bernel Road Park, Circleville Park, Graysdale Park, Greenbriar-Saybrook Park, Homestead Park, Marjorie Mae Park, Oak Hall Regional Park, and Whitehall Road Regional Park.

Whitehall Road Regional Park will be under construction soon, the park will provide for many tree planting opportunities.  We have a special promotion for Whitehall Road Regional Park going on now.  Trees will be planted during the Spring 2021 planting season, but you can purchase your tree now and lock in the price of $300 in 2020 (2021 spring planting).  This purchase will include a regular 1.5” caliper Remembrance Tree with a tree tag.  If you’d like a bronze plaque, there would be an additional $170 required.


Standard 1.5" - 2" caliper Remembrance Tree

The donation will be noted in the CRPR Remembrance Tree Roster, located on this website. The donor will receive a letter of acknowledgment and a Remembrance Tree Program Certificate. An engraved plastic donor tag will be secured to the tree; the longevity of the tag can only be guaranteed for 12 months from the planting date. Please note that certain specialized species, if requested by the donor, may increase the donation amount based upon the increased purchase price from the commercial nursery. The donation for this tree is $385.  Trees are guaranteed for one-year; anytime after this period, trees can be replaced by the purchaser at the cost of the replacement tree.  Tree location is at the sole discretion of the Department’s Horticulturist and is based on each park’s master plan.

Standard 1.5" - 2" caliper Remembrance Tree – American Beech and Cucumber Magnolia

The donation will be noted in the CRPR Remembrance Tree Roster, located on this website. The donor will receive a letter of acknowledgment and a Remembrance Tree Program Certificate. An engraved plastic donor tag will be secured to the tree; the longevity of the tag can only be guaranteed for 12 months from the planting date. Please note that certain specialized species, if requested by the donor, may increase the donation amount based upon the increased purchase price from the commercial nursery. The donation for this tree is $450.  Trees are guaranteed for one-year; anytime after this period, trees can be replaced by the purchaser at the cost of the replacement tree.  Tree location is at the sole discretion of the Department’s Horticulturist and is based on each park’s master plan.

1.5"-2" caliper Arboretum Tree with cast bronze plaque

A permanent, cast bronze plaque is available for Remembrance Tree purchases and is installed beside the Remembrance Tree at the time of planting. The plaque wording is limited on the basis of size and content, must be consistent with other park plaques across the region, and is subject to CRPR approval. The donation for this tree is $550.  Trees are guaranteed for one-year; anytime after this period, trees can be replaced by the purchaser at the cost of the replacement tree.  Tree location is at the sole discretion of the Department’s Horticulturist and is based on each park’s master plan.

1.5"-2" caliper Arboretum Tree with cast bronze plaque– American Beech and Cucumber Magnolia

The donation will be noted in the CRPR Remembrance Tree Roster, located on this website. The donor will receive a letter of acknowledgment and a Remembrance Tree Program Certificate. An engraved plastic donor tag will be secured to the tree; the longevity of the tag can only be guaranteed for 12 months from the planting date. Please note that certain specialized species, if requested by the donor, may increase the donation amount based upon the increased purchase price from the commercial nursery. The donation for this tree is $615.  Trees are guaranteed for one-year; anytime after this period, trees can be replaced by the purchaser at the cost of the replacement tree.  Tree location is at the sole discretion of the Department’s Horticulturist and is based on each park’s master plan.


Trees that are damaged or those that have died and are out of warranty can be replaced by the purchaser at the cost of the replacement tree.  If the purchaser is not interested in a replacement tree, the Agency can return the cast bronze plaque with the purchaser paying the shipping fees.  The Agency will host plaques for three years.

Below is a list of tree species for reference only. If you are interested in a tree species that is not on this list, you may make a suggestion to be reviewed by the CRPR Horticulturist. Hemlocks and Ash trees will not be planted due to the threat of pests and disease; Red Maples will no longer be planted to prevent a monoculture of that species. The goal is to increase the diversity of tree species within the Centre Region Parks.  

APPROVED REMEMBRANCE TREES*:
Ruby Red Horsechestnut  *  River Birch  *  Sugar Maple  *  Swamp White Oak  *  Northern Red Oak  *  White Pine  *  Blue Spruce  *  American Beech  *  Tulip Poplar  *  Serviceberry  *  Dogwood  *  Blackgum  *  Redbud  *  Honeylocust  *  Sweetgum  *   London Planetree  *  Crabapple  *  Littleleaf Linden  *  American Hornbeam  *  Hackberry  *  Gingko  *  Kentucky Coffeetree  *  Dawn Redwood  *  Bald Cypress  *  Paperbark Maple  *  Scarlet Oak  *  Okame Cherry  *  Norway Spruce  *  Tree Lilac  *  Weeping Willow  *  Bur Oak  *  Elm (resistant varieties)  *  Catalpa  *  Red Maple  * Cucumber Magnolia

*This above-noted tree species list is a comprehensive list of all approved species that may be planted in the region. However, these species are considered site-specific based on mature size, habitat needs, long-term growing requirements, and must be approved by the department horticulturist via the master plan of each municipal park before being selected as a Remembrance Tree for any of the available parks.

2020 Remembrance Tree Planting Roster

Tree #

Year

Park

Tree Common Name

Tree Scientfic Name

Donor(s)

In Remembrance/Honor Of

467

2020

Holmes Foster Park

Serviceberry Tree

Amelanchier arborea

Mary Alfieri Richmond

In Memory of Vesta B. Rimmey

468

2020

Oak Hall Regional Park

Sugar Maple

Acer saccharum

David Seamans

Suzanne M. Seamans
Well Done Thou Good & Faithful Servant

4692020PendingPendingPendingBonnie DaileyPending
4702021Whitehall Road Regional ParkSugar MapleAcer saccharumConstance MartinIn Honor of John A. and Constance C. Martin, celebrating our 50th Wedding Anniversary
4712020Oak Hall Regional ParkLondon PlanePlatanus × acerifoliaAnonymousIn Remembrance of Margaret (2004)
4722020Circleville ParkTulip PoplarLiriodendron TulipiferaRec Hall RunnersIn Remembrance of James M. Vogelsong
4732020Circleville ParkRiver BirchBetula NigraThomas A. McClary and Nancy E. GolubIn Loving Memory of Lester S. Golub
4742020Homestead ParkHorse ChestnutAesculusFrom Niki's FamilyIn Remembrance of Niki Morris
4752020Homestead ParkHorse ChestnutAesculusFrom Niki's FamilyIn Remembrance of Niki Morris
4762020Graysdale ParkRed MapleAcer rubrum In Honor of Mack Brady
4772020Oak Hall Regional ParkLondon PlanePlatanus x acerifoliaAnonymous 
4782020Oak Hall Regional ParkLondon PlanePlatanus x acerifoliaAnonymous 


The donation period for 2020 plantings has closed.  Any trees purchased after March 15 will be planted in the Spring of 2021.

Remembrance Tree Donations may be made in person or by phone.  Please mail your donation to: Centre Region Parks & Recreation Authority, 2040 Sandy Drive, Suite A, State College, PA 16803, or contact the Agency at (814) 231-3071 to discuss your tree planting questions.

Click for the past Remembrance Tree rosters from 1994 to 2019.  To search this large PDF, use Ctrl+F and type a name into the search bar that will open in the upper right corner.