Tree Resources

Trees and woody plants in your community or yard require proper care. The Holden Arboretum and Cleveland Botanical Garden can provide plant health care resources and tree information services.

Explore and Calculate the Benefits of Trees

Get Resources on Tree Selection and Care

Benefits of Trees

Trees are often taken for granted, but they are truly miraculous. They are more than pleasant sources of shade but also living teachers and an answer to some of our most pressing environmental problems. In a bit of natural alchemy called photosynthesis, for example, trees turn sunlight into food for insects, wildlife and people, and use it to create shade, beauty, health benefits and wood for fuel, furniture and homes.




The trees around your neighborhood provide countless services as they…

  • reduce air pollution
  • take up and store carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that contributes to global climate change
  • reduce stormwater runoff
  • cool nearby houses

A tree’s value is expressed in terms of services it provides and the value of these services. This information helps communities strengthen the structure and management of their urban forests as well as advocacy efforts to build and preserve urban forests. By determining what services trees provide for urban ecosystems, people can increase environmental quality and livability of urban areas.

Tree Benefit Calculators

i-Tree is a software suite, from the U.S. Forest Service, that consists of tools that calculate the value of trees in urban areas and your home. For more information and a descriptive list of the tools and programs visit

Use one of the following calculators to determine the monetary value of individual trees on your property.

  • Mobile App
    A simple calculator with a mobile-phone friendly interface. Sponsored by Davey Tree.
  • Simple Tree Benefit Calculator
    The simplest calculator, for a quick estimate of the value of one tree. (Requires Flash and will not work in Firefox or Google Chrome). Sponsored by Davey Tree and Casey Trees.
  • i-Tree Design
    The most up-to-date and accurate calculator, that also allows you to see the value of multiple trees. (Requires Flash and works in most non-mobile browsers). Sponsored by iTree.

Tree Selection and Care

“What species of tree will thrive best in my yard?”
“How should I choose a species of tree based on projected climate change?”
“What pests and diseases should I be on the lookout for?”
“How do I correctly plant a tree?”

All these questions are valid and important! Our Community Foresters have compiled resources and guides to help communities and homeowners with a range of tree issues so that we can give trees the best chance at thriving from the time they are planted to their maturity.

  • Tree Care Toolkit
    An accessible overview of tree care, including best practices for selection, placement, planting, protection, maintenance and more.
  • Tree Selection Guide
    A list of appropriate trees for urban and suburban areas
  • Forecasting the Future of the Forest
    Climate change is a wicked issue that affects everyone’s life from a global to community level. This publication includes considerations compiled from relevant research on the changes Northeast Ohio is experiencing and is forecasted to experience, and how they affect trees.
  • Structural Pruning of a Young Tree
    If done properly, pruning when young will greatly enhance a tree’s health, form, and resiliency to survive as it grows.
  • Maintaining Healthy Trees
    How to keep healthy trees in good shape!