First Annual Tour de Trees in North Central Phoenix

Thu, May 07, 2015 2:49 PM | Anonymous

This past Saturday the VPA partnered with Arizona State Forestry, Arizona Community Tree Council, the City of Phoenix, and Arizona Nursery Association to help host the first Tour de Trees event in North Central Phoenix.

The free self-guided bike, walk, or drive 2.5 mile route showcased 6 beautiful landmark trees throughout the historic and well-shaded neighborhoods along Central Avenue between Glendale and Missouri (refer to the map below or download the route here).

In addition, certified arborists and staff from various statewide organizations educated participants on the following topics at each different tree location:

  • Montezuma Cypress-- the importance of Tree Selection
  • Weeping Bottle Brush-- how to Properly Plant a Tree
  • Desert Fern-- placing the Right Tree at the Right Place
  • Sweet Acacia-- how to Properly Water a Tree
  • American Elm-- how to Properly Prune a Tree
  • Arizona Sycamore-- understanding the Benefits of Trees

The event ran from 8:30-11:30am and began at a Montezuma Cypress planted in the 1960s (pictured below, the tree to the right of the lamppost).

Participants then moved on to the other selected trees, such as a Desert Fern that sprawled over the entire space of the home’s front yard. The route concluded at an amazing Arizona Sycamore that is estimated to be over 90 feet tall (pictured below).


Tour de Trees was a perfect example of what trees do--bring communities together while providing valuable shade on a warm Arizona Saturday morning. Thank you to all the volunteers and tree lovers that showed up!

More Pictures from Tour de Trees



References: (link to route map and flyer)

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