Replacing Trees in Historic Landscapes

Park Cultural Landscapes Program

Updated Cultural Landscapes


Trees in cultural landscapes are often important cultural resources that contribute to a property’s significance and integrity. Trees grow, age, and change in character, but this does not diminish the fact that they can be important parts of the historic record that should be preserved. This video addresses some of the challenges of replacing and preserving significant trees in historic landscapes.

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This video covers the following:

  • Factors leading to removal and loss of trees
  • Site documentation
  • Selecting a replacement
  • Determining an appropriate replanting method
  • Other field techniques (irrigation & mulching, etc.)

About This Video

The video features narration from NPS Horticulturist Charlie Pepper and demonstrations at the Magnolia Plantation. It was produced by the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training in cooperation with the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation and Cane River Creole National Historical Park.

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