History – Ladd’s Trees


A Short History of Ladd’s Addition Street Trees (10/18)


1907-10     Ladd Estate Co. paves streets, sidewalks, and alleys; plants 1,600 street trees

1977           City designates Ladd’s Addition as a Historic Conservation District

1988           Ladd’s placed on National Register of Historic Places; city adopts street tree guidelines

Inoculating American Elms against Dutch Elm Disease (DED)

1991-95      DED appears in Ladd’s; 270 American elm street trees remain; Save Our Elms organized

1995-2011  SOE holds 17 annual micro-inoculation programs

2012-16      SOE holds four macro-inoculation programs

2018            177 American elms remain, a survival rate of 66% over about 25 years


1985            Street tree coverage drops below 60% of Ladd’s properties

1986-87      Historic District Advisory Council and Ladd’s Tree Bank plant 250 street trees

1990            140 street trees planted, including DED-resistant elms

1997-2018  SOE partners with Friends of Trees, plants 449 street trees in 23 plantings

2012             City inventory shows 1,479 street trees (representing 42 genera), over 92% coverage

1986-2018  Total of 839 street trees planted, following 1910 and 1988 planting plans


2004-2018      SOE negotiates special rates for winter pruning of large street trees

2013, 2018     SOE and FOT hold pruning programs for young street trees


Since its inception, SOE has received over $200,000 in private donations.

During that time, Ladd’s residents have paid tens of thousands of dollars for large street tree pruning.

All inoculations and planting since 1986 has been done at no cost to property owners!

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