Tree Program

Create a Living Memorial

The Walters State Foundation Honor/Memorial Tree Program provides the opportunity for individuals or groups to create a living memorial. For a one-time donation, a tree can be planted on Walters State's grounds recognizing a person or event. Dedicating a tree creates a growing homage that keeps on giving and promotes a better environment.
The Honor/Memorial Tree Program began in 2006 as a way to create a living memorial and to enhance the arboretum collection. This program allows donors the opportunity to choose a tree from a list of recommended trees for a one-time donation of $300.00. The tree can be named "In Memory of" or "In Honor of" a loved one, group, or event. The $300.00 donation includes installation, a permanent engraved plaque, and a survival guarantee for the average life of the tree.


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The college's Facilities Management and Agriculture/Production Horticulture departments will determine a planting site that is best suited to the survival of the tree on the designated campus of your choice. While trees may be ordered at any time, they will only be planted during their dormant phase. For additional information, contact the Walters State Community College Foundation at 423.585.2629.


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Recommended Trees for Dedication

Special requests for unique, non-native trees will be considered; however, an additional donation may be necessary to cover the extra cost of the tree.

Please click on a title below to see recommended species.

Marshall Seedless Green Ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica 'Marshall's Seedless')
This specimen is a common upright oval to rounded shade tree of rapid growth and establishment, having yellow to chartreuse fall color.
European White Birch (Betula pendula 'European White')
The birch will show an only slightly peeling bark. Fall color is a pale yellow.
River Birch (Betula nigra)
Salmon-pink to reddish brown bark exfoliates to reveal lighter inner bark.
Kwanzan Flowering Cherry (Prunus serrulata 'Kwanzan')
This specimen is a double flowered Japanese flowering cherry that is noted for its profuse and showy spring bloom. It is considered to be one of the most ornamental of the flowering cherries.
Weeping Higan Cherry (Prunus subhirtella var. pendula)
This specimen generally features non-fragrant pale pink to white flowers in spring and pea-sized blackish fruits in late summer.
Crape Myrtle
Common Crapemyrtle (Lagerstroemia indica)
Crapemyrtles are chiefly known for their colorful and long-lasting flowers which occur in summer months.
Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida)
The flowering dogwood is a small deciduous tree that typically grows 15-30' tall. It blooms in early spring (April) shortly after, but usually overlapping, the bloom period of the redbuds.
Kousa Dogwood (Cornus kousa)
This specimen is extremely showy when in bloom. The blossoms appear in late spring, weeks after the tree leafs out.
Siberian Elm (Ulmus pumila)
The Siberian Elm is usually a small to medium-sized, often bushy, tree growing to 33–66 ft. tall, with a trunk up to 31 inches.
Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)
The ginkgo is a living fossil. During autumn, the leaves turn a bright yellow, then fall.
Panicled Goldenraintree (Koelreuteria paniculata)
This tree has small yellow flowers in upright clusters in mid-summer; fruits are inflated capsules that change from light green to apricot to brown; deep green, dissected compound leaves.
Foster's Hybrid Holly (Ilex x attenuata 'Fosteri')
Small white flowers bloom in late spring. Flowers are followed in fall by an abundant and showy crop of bright red berry-like drupes which persist throughout the winter.
Littleleaf Linden (Tilia cordata)
This specimen is a medium-sized tree native to Europe, with a strikingly dense pyramidal to rounded crown. The flowers are highly fragrant and attractive to bees.
Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora)
Large, creamy white and very fragrant flowers grace this broad leafed evergreen in late spring and early summer. Leaves are shiny green, reddish underneath.
Star Magnolia (Magnolia stellata)
This specimen is noted for its compact size and late winter to early spring bloom of star-shaped white flowers.
Crimson King Norway Maple (Acer platanoides 'Crimson King')
'Crimson King' is a red-leaved cultivar which is noted for its rich maroon leaves that last throughout the summer and for its purple fruits.
Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum)
This small tree has green leaves during summer. Fall color is yellow, bronze, or purple to red.
Norway Maple (Acer platanoides)
The bark is grey-brown and shallowly grooved; the shoots are green at first, soon becoming pale brown; the winter buds are shiny red-brown; the flowers are yellow to yellow-green; flowering occurs in early spring before the new leaves emerge.
Paperbark Maple (Acer griseum)
This specimen is noted for its peeling, cinnamon to reddish brown bark. Trifoliate leaves are dark green but turn red in the fall.
Red Sunset® Red Maple (Acer rubrum Red Sunset®)
This tree is known for its red flowers in dense clusters in late March to early April (before the leaves appear) and for its red winged "helicopter fruit." The stems and twigs are reddish, and it has red buds and excellent orange-red foliage color in fall.
Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)
The Sugar maple is best known for its bright fall foliage and for being the primary source of maple syrup.
Pin Oak (Quercus palustris)
Young trees and lower branches of older trees hold leaves throughout winter; red fall color.
Sawtooth Oak (Quercus acutissima)
This specimen is a fast growing with yellow fall color. Tan colored leaves persist throughout the winter.
Scarlet Oak (Quercus coccinea)
The foliage of this tree is a glossy green in summer turning to scarlet in fall.
Water Oak (Quercus nigra)
Acorns are a source of food for wildlife. Leaves are dull bluish-green above and paler with pubescence beneath. Old leaves tend to drop in late fall to early winter but may persist on the tree throughout most of the winter.
Willow Oak (Quercus phellos)
This specimen is a handsome oak with willow-like leaves. Foliage is light to bright green in summer and yellow, yellow-brown and russet in fall.
Artistocrat Callery Pear (Pyrus calleryana 'Aristocrat')
This specimen is noted for its early profuse spring bloom, quality glossy green foliage, and often excellent fall color.
Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus)
This tree has bluish green needles (to 5" long) which are soft to the touch and appear in bundles of five.
American Planetree (Platanus occidentalis)
The signature ornamental feature of this huge tree is its brown bark which exfoliates in irregular pieces to reveal creamy white inner bark. Mature trees typically display mottled white bark that facilitates identification from great distances.
Forest Pansy Redbud (Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy')
Tiny rose-purple, pea-like flower blooms blanket the tree in early spring before the leaves emerge. During the summer, the leaves become a beautiful purplish red color which will brighten up any landscape.
Smokebush (Cotinus coggygria)
The flowers are clustered in large open terminal panicles 6-8 inches long with a fluffy grayish-buff appearance resembling a cloud of smoke over the plant, from which the name derives.
Colorado Blue Spruce (Picea pungens 'Glauca')
The foliage of this specimen group can vary from green to bright powder blue. Due to the striking quality of the blue foliage, cultivars are quite attention-grabbing and easily serve as focal points in the landscape.
Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua)
Leaves are fragrant when bruised. Fall color at its best is a brilliant mixture of yellows, oranges, purples and reds.
Tulip Tree
Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera)
This is a fast growing tree with large, brilliant flowers. Their color is greenish yellow with dashes of red and orange, and their resemblance to a tulip very marked.
Babylon Weeping Willow (Salix babylonica)
This is a small deciduous tree that grows to 30-40' tall with a broad rounded crown of branches that weep to the ground.
Japanese Zelkova (Zelkova serrata)
The Zelkova is a medium to large deciduous tree, typically growing to 50-80' tall with a spreading, generally upward-branching, vase-shaped crown. Fall color is variable, ranging from undistinguished yellow to attractive shades of yellow-orange to red-brown.