Gift a tree to Brookdale Park as a tribute or to commemorate an event. 

Shade and flowering trees can be sponsored by groups and individuals that wish to celebrate special events or to pay tribute to loved ones in Brookdale Park.

Arrangements can be made as a tax-deductible gift with the approximate cost of $250-$500 per tree. This includes the cost of the tree, delivery, planting by a professional contractor and continued maintenance (pruning, mulching, etc.). After the tree is planted, the benefactor will receive a notification of the planting location as well as as a written acknowledgment of the tax deductible value of the donation. 

We offer a list of recommended tree species below and can assist in finding the perfect location that will best benefit the park. If you have a specific or meaningful tree selection or park location in mind, please let us know in advance. Contact us for more information if you'd like to gift a tree to Brookdale Park.

Regarding Dedication Plaques

Please note that at this time, Essex County does not permit permanent dedication plaques to be placed under trees in public parks. If a plaque is desired to commemorate an event or memorialize a loved one, please consider adopting a park bench that will service the park community for generations to come.

Recommended Legacy Tree Selections

The tree selections below were either part of Brookdale Park's original Olmsted Firm planting plan and remain excellent choices for a modern day park or are trees native to the Northeastern United States that will respect and enhance the original plan while supporting our park ecosystem and wildlife.


Shade Trees

Red Maple, Acer rubrum
Red Maple will grow to be about 50 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 40 feet.  Its lobed leaves turn an outstanding red color in the fall and it also features showy red flowers along the branches in early spring. view images

Sugar Maple, Acer saccharum
Sugar Maple will grow to be about 60 feet tall at maturity with a spread of 40 feet and expected to live 75 years. Its leaves turn brilliant colors ranging from yellow to bright red in fall.  It is a true landscape standout. view images

Sweet Gum, Liquidambar styraciflua
Sweet Gum will grow to be about 80 feet tall at maturity but can exceed 100 feet with a spread of 50 feet.  It is expected to live 200 years.  Sweet Gum has glossy dark green leaves that turn orange to burgundy in fall.  Very beautiful and stately tree. view images

European Beech, Fagus sylvatica 
European Beech will grow to be about 60 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 45 feet.  It is one of the best of all large shade trees, with a stately, spreading habit of growth and stunning copper leaf color.  Exceptionally beautiful all year round and a great heritage tree. view images

Swamp White Oak, Quercus bicolor
Swamp White Oak will grow to be about 60 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 60 feet.  Great shade species and definitely a heritage tree for future generations! view images

White Oak, Quercus alba
White Oak will grow to be about 70 feet tall at maturity and usually wider than its height. Beautiful purple red fall color develops late in the season. view images

Bald Cypress, Taxodium distichum
Bald cypress will grow to be about 70 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 30 feet.  Exceptional tree for restoring wetlands and will develop interesting conical root projections called knees. view images

American Linden, Tilia americana 
American Linden will grow to be about 60 feet tall at maturity and 40 feet wide. Summer flowers are small, fragrant and yellow-ish white. Fall color is yellow-green to yellow. view images

Black gum, Nyssa sylvatica
Black Gum will grow to be about 40 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 25 feet. One of the most spectacular and reliable fall coloring trees, turning brilliant shades of red and orange, and a very neat, pyramidal habit of growth. view images

 

Flowering Trees

Downy Serviceberry, Amelanchier canadensis

The Downy or Shadblow Serviceberry will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with an equal spread of 20 feet. A native early bloomer with small, fragrant white flowers appearing in March, it produces black fruit which feeds local wildlife and leaves turn a brilliant gold color in the fall. view images

Eastern Redbud, Cercis canadensis

Eastern Redbud will grow to be about 30 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 30 feet. A spectacular spring bloomer it has very showy pink to purple flowers and heart-shaped leaves. view images

Flowering Dogwood, Cornus florida

Officially designated as the state memorial tree of New Jersey, the Flowering Dogwood will grow to be about 30 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 35 feet. An excellent small specimen tree with showy clusters of delicate white or pink blooms in spring and great wide-spreading form. view images

Kousa Dogwood, Cornus kousa

Kousa Dogwood will grow to be about 25 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 25 feet. A truly beautiful specimen tree for any  landscape it has large, long-lasting white flowers in spring, spiked red fruit in the summer and fall with a strongly horizontal habit of growth. view images


Evergreen Trees

Blue Atlas Cedar, Cedrus atlantica glauca
Blue Atlas Cedar will grow to be about 80 feet at maturity with a spread of 40 feet. Great specimen tree with beautiful blue color needles and picturesque habit when mature. view images

American Holly, Ilex opaca
American Holly will grow to be about 30 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. The ultimate holly tree featuring spiny, evergreen leaves and showy red berries in winter.  It is naturally pyramid-shaped and an excellent interest plant for the winter garden. view images

Norway Spruce, Picea abies
Norway Spruce will grow to be about 60 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 25 feet.  A spire-shaped evergreen with interesting droopy branches when mature and rich deep green needles.  It is a tough and hardy tree that can withstand large snow load. view images

Blue Spruce, Picea pungens
Colorado Spruce will grow to be about 50 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet.  A high quality evergreen accent tree with large stout branches and long, very pointy needles in colors ranging from bright green to silver blue. It is an extremely hardy and rugged tree that makes an excellent windbreak. view images