Township of Hopewell, NJ
Mercer County
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[Ord. #7/15/74]
Shade trees shall be of a type and size and in such location as shall be approved by and be planted under the supervision and direction of the shade tree committee of the township. Such trees shall be located five to 10 feet outside the street right-of-way line, but shall not interfere with utilities.
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The following are approved species and varieties:
Littleleaf European, Linden Tilia cordata
Greenspire Linden, Tilia cordata Greenspire
Red Maple, Acer Rubrum
Scarlet Oak, Quercus coccinea
Pin Oak, Quercus palustris
*Willow Oak, Quercus phellos
Red Oak, Quercus borealis (rubra)
Sugar Maple, Acer saccharum
Bradford Callery Pear, Pyrus calleryana Bradford
Sawtooth Zelkova, Zelkova serrata
Village Green Zelkova, Zelkova serrata Village Green
*Kwanzan Japanese Flowering Cherry, Prunus serrulata Kwanzan
*Chinese Dogwood, Cornus kousa
Russian Olive, Elaeagnus angustifolia
*Sweetgum, Liquidambar styraciflua
*Sourgum, Nyssa sylvatica
Note: (Tilia cordata Greenspire - Cordata is the species name. Greenspire is the variety)
*Spring Planting Only.
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Not more than 20% of any one species shall be planted in any subdivision except that subdivisions requiring less than 10 trees shall not be subject to this section of the specifications.
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a. 
Except as noted in paragraph b, trees shall be not less than 1 1/2 inch caliper measured six inches above ground, nor less than 10 feet high.
b. 
Where utilized, Bradford Callery Pear, Kwanzan Japanese Flowering Cherry, Chinese Dogwood and Russian Olive shall be not less than one and one-quarter inch caliper measured six inches above ground, nor less than eight feet high.
c. 
All trees shall conform to the American Standard for Nursery Stock as published by the American Association of Nurserymen. All trees shall be balled and burlapped, nursery-grown, not "collected stock." Bare root stock may be planted with permission of the shade tree committee.
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Trees under the jurisdiction of the committee shall not be planted between May 1st and October 15th without specific authorization, in writing, from the committee.
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The excavation must be not less than 12 inches wider and three inches deeper than necessary to accommodate the ball of the tree.
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Trees shall be planted at the same depth as they were in the nursery. Planting soil shall be composed of one part peat moss and three parts topsoil thoroughly mixed. Each tree shall be watered during the day of planting with a minimum of five gallons of water.
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Trees shall be pruned after planting, or by the nurseryman at the time of digging, to balance top growth with roots and to preserve their natural character and shape. Pruning shall be restricted in general to the secondary branches and soft and sucker growth. The growing tip or leader is not to be pruned without authorization of the shade tree committee.
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All trees shall be wrapped with six ten-inch wide 8-ounce burlap or kraft tree paper at the time of planting from the ground to the first branches.
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All trees shall be mulched within three days of planting with wood chips, licorice root, ground corncobs or other suitable mulch material.
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a. 
Trees shall be staked with at least one red or white cedar stake the same day of planting. Stakes shall be eight feet in height and not less than two inches in smallest diameter. Stakes are to be driven into the ground to a depth of 12 inches below the bottom of the excavation. This should be done before setting the tree or, if after setting, in such a manner as not to injure the roots.
b. 
Trees shall be guyed to the stakes at a height of about five feet using No. 10 gauge galvanized steel wire in a piece of rubber hose. The wire shall be fastened to the stake in such a manner that the wire will not slip nor come in contact with the tree trunk. Guys broken (but not deliberately broken through vandalism) within a year of planting shall be replaced.
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Removal of debris is required. The property must be left in a neat and orderly condition in accordance with good and accepted planting practices.
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a. 
Trees shall be guaranteed for one year for fall planted and 13 months for spring planted trees from date of acceptance by the shade tree committee. The trees are to be alive and in a satisfactory growing condition as determined by the shade tree committee at the end of the guarantee period.
b. 
Replacement will be made according to these same specifications and during the normal planting period. Replacements shall be subject to the same guarantee and replacement as the original material. The replacements shall be made within 60 days following written demand from the shade tree committee.
c. 
In case of any questions regarding the conditions and satisfactory establishment of a rejected plant, the contractor may, if approved by the committee, allow such a plant to remain through another growing season at which time the rejected plant, if found to be dead, or in an unhealthy or badly impaired condition, shall be replaced.
d. 
Trees proven to be dead or unhealthy through vandalism or physical damage shall be voided from the contractor's guarantee of replacement.
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The shade tree committee shall have the right before, during and after planting to reject all or a part of the trees in the development or subdivision, if, in the committee's opinion, it is in the best interest of the township to do so. In the event that the developer or subdivider shall dispute such rejection, the matter shall be referred to the planning board for its action.