- Arbor Day Celebration – Coming 11:00 am, April 29, 2022, Garrison Lawn
- Pruning of 1st Year Plantings
- Pruning Seminar (Fall – TBA)
- Storm Prep for Trees Seminar (TBA)
- Collaboration with Beautification Committee and Historical Society in Smithville Burying Ground (pruning azaleas)
- Informational articles in the city newsletter
Southport is noted for its lovely waterfront, interesting history, and beautiful trees. This guide provides a walking tour primarily of the historic area of Southport near the waterfront and points out some trees, particularly live oaks, that are considered significant for their age, size, beauty, historical significance, or ability to thrive in this harsh coastal environment.
As you follow along the route, we invite you to take photos of yourself near your favorite trees (NO TREE CLIMBING, PLEASE) and hashtag them #TREESOFSOUTHPORTNC for possible inclusion in the City of Southport Newsletter, or on the Forestry Committee webpage.
To find a specific stop, please click on the name of a stop and it will open the route using Google Maps.
*Additional information associated with the indicated stops:
- The location of small gingko is on the northwest corner of Lord and Moore Streets.
- Locations of other pecan trees include, among many others throughout town, behind a house on East Nash Street in the block opposite the Old Jail and along East Moore toward the restaurants at the Yacht Basin.
- Could sitting in Franklin Park be an urban version of forest bathing? Read an article about the benefits of this practice to health and wellness.
- The large loblolly pine spotlighted on our tour is only one of the important pine species in our area. The long leaf pine is another that is historically important, and a discussion of its significance can be found in the June 2021 edition of the City of Southport Newsletter. To distinguish the longleaf pine from the loblolly pine, see this.
- Although very few of the live oaks in town display the hanging Spanish moss that’s associated with live oaks in other locations, they do have their own unique relationship with resurrection ferns (Polypodium polypodioides). When the weather is dry these ferns turn brown and appear to be nonviable. Immediately after a good rain, they spring to life again, green and healthy. They are epiphytes, or air plants, and do no harm to the trees.
- This tree has a chain embedded in its bark, used for hitching horses long ago. It must have been much longer before the trunk grew around it.
- The house at 120 West Bay Street has a cutout in its front overhang to accommodate a live oak tree; there is another at 310 West Bay Street. DO NOT ENTER THE YARDS. THESE ARE PRIVATE HOUSES. This approach may be problematic. To preserve and maintain the tree canopy that makes Southport beautiful and unique, the city has developed within a unified development ordinance (UDO) section (3.18) that contains requirements that address the maintenance of the canopy and provides guidance for preserving existing trees and suggestions for planting new ones.
- Tree Planting: Over the last 20 plus years, the Forestry Committee has worked with the City of Southport to plant over 400 trees to replace those lost to storms or age and to maintain or increase canopy (also see stop 3). Donations for the purchase of new trees are always appreciated.
- For a discussion of the place of palm trees in our local environment see the January 2022 edition of the City of Southport Newsletter.
City of Southport Contacts
Emergency: Police, Fire and Rescue DIAL 9-1-1
Non-emergency: Police: (910) 457-7911 Fire: (910) 457-7915
City Information: (910) 457-7900
Address: Southport City Hall,
1029 N. Howe Street, Southport, NC 28461
Hours: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
(City observes State holidays)
Fort Johnston-Southport Museum & Visitors' Center
Hours: Monday - Saturday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
For more information: (910) 457-7927
Address: 203 E. Bay Street, Southport, NC 28461