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Battle Oaks - Survivors of the Civil WarPhoto courtesy of Marsha Miller
Read about the famous Battle Oaks that survived the Civil War and beyond in this short but informative article.

This feature article is part of our: Values at Work Series

Tree Campus USA

Tree Campus USA logoTree Campus USA program selected

For the tenth consecutive year, The University of Texas at Austin has been honored as an Arbor Day Foundation Tree Campus USA. We provide landscape and outdoor services that promote the sustainability of our campuses.

Tree Campus USA Group

Desirable Tree Species

To learn about the species preferred on the university campus refer to the Desirable Tree Species List (PDF).

Memorial Tree Program

The University of Texas at Austin welcomes the purchase of trees to provide living tributes to individuals or groups associated with the university. The Memorial Tree Program, administered by the university urban forester and the Landscape Services branch of Facilities Services, facilitates planting of trees by individuals and organizations. To learn about our Memorial Tree Planting see the information flyer (PDF), which includes the application. All trees need to be approved through our urban forester before submitting the application and fee.

View the memorial trees virtually in our interactive map! Locate the trees and see details when you click on the tree icons. We are pleased to provide this online version of our memorial tree program. We hope it makes it easier for the families and university community to share these living tributes.

If you have any questions about this map or any of its contents or for more information about this program, contact Jennifer Hrobar by email or at 512-475-7753.

Notable Trees on Campus

Our newly published catalog of the most notable trees on campus is now available online! This publication was developed by our arborists and three of our Landscape Services student employees as part of a work/study project. See photos of the trees, access their GPS links, get species information, related links and more. Use our catalog for a virtual tour or download it for a walking tour on campus. We are pleased to present this publication and hope you find it useful and informative. If you have any questions about any of its content, contact Jennifer Hrobar by email or at at 512-475-7753.

Top 20 Notable Trees (PDF) - Please view in Adobe PDF Readers for the best experience

Root Management

Many trees on campus suffer from root damage due to compacted soils, minimal organic matter, construction disturbance, and excessive backfill. Urban forestry staff members use an air spade to break up soils, remove excessive backfill, expose roots without damaging them to inspect and correct issues, and add organic matter. They finish the process by mulching root zones and installing barriers where possible to protect the roots from further soil compaction.

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Spading middle of process, root ManagementSpading, 50% complete

Spading after, root managementSpading complete

Texas Arbor Day

Below is our 2015 Texas Arbor Day campaign, where we grouped events, resources and an article featuring our historic Battle Oaks:

We’re proud of the trees that grace our grounds and form a living canopy. They shade us from the Texas sun, remind us of the natural beauty that surrounds us, provide wildlife habitats, and do so much more. That’s why we created a grand celebration for Texas Arbor Day 2015.

View the Texas Arbor Day 2015 flyer (PDF)

We put together a collection of interesting and informative ways to honor our trees and to help our campus community learn more about how our Landscape Services staff and arborists provide ongoing care and conservation of our trees now and in the future.


Arbor Day Ceremony
Friday, November 6, 10-11:30 a.m.
Attendees gathered at the UT Orchard (24th and San Jacinto) as our arborists planted trees to commemorate the day. We also had giveaways, free seedlings, and tree and planting information on hand. See photos from the event.
Tree Campus USA Service Project
Saturday, November 21, 9 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Participants joined us for our service learning project as we planted around 80 native tree and shrub seedlings at the hillside of Clark Field to benefit wildlife and help combat the spreading of invasive species. See photos from the event.

The Battle Oaks

Read how the university's Battle Oaks survived the Civil War and destruction in the 1920s, how they got their name, and how we care for these magnificent trees in a short, but informative article.

Tree Conservation

The urban forestry section of landscape services manages existing trees on new development projects. More than 50 mature trees have been preserved and transplanted through the years on several projects. To learn about our tree conservation projects visit the Tree Conservation page.

Tree Inventory & Assessment

The University of Texas at Austin recognizes the significant role of campus trees and the many tangible and intangible benefits they provide to everyone in the UT Austin community. Arborists with our Landscape Services branch of Facilities Services understand that the university’s urban forest of close to 5,000 trees are a valued community resource, an important component of the grounds’ infrastructure, and part of the campus identity.

To support the preservation and management of the campus trees, UT Austin commissioned an inventory and assessment of the trees on the Main Campus. The process yielded vital information about each tree, including species, size, condition, and geographic location. The data collected were also used to develop a detailed and quantified analysis of the current structure, function, and value of the university’s urban forest.

Results of the UT Austin Tree Inventory and Assessment are now available to view using an online resource. Follow this link to gain a better understanding of the trees on UT Austin’s campus. You can locate yourself on the map and get basic descriptions of every tree on campus. In addition, view the calculated numerous benefits the campus trees give to us, which include air quality, water quality and energy savings statistics.

If you have any questions about the UT Austin Tree Inventory and Assessment, contact Jennifer Hrobar by email or at at 512-475-7753.

Tree Maintenance

Our field crew includes four International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborists and four ISA Certified Tree Workers who care for over 5,000 trees on the Main Campus and surrounding UT System properties. Our tasks include tree removal, pruning, planting, stump grinding, soil remediation, air excavation techniques, fertilization, and watering. For more information on proper tree care, visit the ISA at www.treesaregood.com

Arbor Day 2014 Tree PlantingTree planting for 2014 Arbor Day

Lift truck pruning trees at SACLift truck pruning trees at the Student Activity Center

Persimmon TreePersimmon Tree

Persimmon Tree Close-upPersimmon Tree Close-up

Enjoy freshly picked persimmon from one of our trees at the UT Orchard (24th & San Jacinto) in this recipe for Persimmon Pudding.

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