HISTORIC TREE PROGRAM

HERITAGE TREES

The trees at Stonewater speak. They tell an important story of American history—with several trees grown directly from the seeds of trees with significant connections to America’s past.

The Heritage Trees at Stonewater have connections to Civil War battles, presidents, explorers, native Americans, great American authors, rockstars, and other cultural groundbreakers and leaders throughout our country’s history. There are trees specifically connected to Lincoln, Roosevelt, and George Washington. One was grown from a seed hand-picked at Elvis Presley’s Graceland estate. One is a descendant of the famous Johnny Appleseed apple tree. One is even connected to a tree that’s seeds were flown around the moon on Apollo XIV.

Stonewater is home to nearly 30 Heritage Trees, which will be planted in significant locations throughout the community and marked by a plaque that tells the tree’s place in history. Each of these trees is certified as a Heritage Tree by American Heritage Trees, a nonprofit dedicated to combining our nation’s historic heritage with conservation.

CONSERVATION

Throughout North America, natural forests are at risk because of wildfires, pests, and human activity. At Stonewater, we embrace the natural landscape and make trees a priority.

The Heritage trees will be supplemented by existing trees and 12,000 mature trees—5-8 inches in diameter—that were grown in our very own nursery. These trees are carefully curated for their beauty and ability to thrive. Trees from the nursery will be planted throughout the common areas of the community, ensuring our ability to plant healthy, lush, established trees. And as a huge perk to homeowners, 2-3 mature trees will be planted on each lot as part of the land package.

BEAUTY IN NATURE

Residents will love to take a walk at Stonewater, where multi-use paths will wind through the natural landscape and trees will provide gorgeous focal points.

And trees at Stonewater will be just one of the many beautiful and carefully maintained landscaping elements. Residents will enjoy the rolling hills with cascading water features, rocks in careful arrangements, a network of natural ponds, and footbridges to stop and admire the beauty.

Open spaces will offer residents the chance to enjoy the outdoors, with several parks, picnic areas, overlooks, boardwalk piers, ball fields, and small playgrounds.

HERITAGE TREES AT STONEWATER

LINCOLN'S TOMB WHITE OAK

REPRESENTS
Abraham Lincoln’s Tomb

SEED ORIGIN
An acorn from a white oak tree near the Vietnam Memorial in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Illinois. Oak Ridge Cemetery is home to the Lincoln Tomb, the final resting place of the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln and three of their four sons, Edward, William, and Thomas. 

APPOMATTOX COURTHOUSE HONEY LOCUST

REPRESENTS
The end of the Civil War

SEED ORIGIN
The tree at the site of the original Appomattox Courthouse where Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union Army Commanding General and future President Ulysses S. Grant.

CHATHAM HOUSE CATALPA

REPRESENTS
Civil War Union Headquarters at Chatham

SEED ORIGIN
One of two Catalpas located at the Chatham Manor in Stafford County, Virginia.

CHICKAMAUGA BLACK MAPLE

REPRESENTS
The Battle of Chickamauga

SEED ORIGIN
A tree that still sits on the Chickamauga, Tennessee battlefield where over 34,000 soldiers died.

CHIEF LOGAN AMERICAN ELM

REPRESENTS
Iroquois Mingo Chief Logan

SEED ORIGIN
A tree from Cayuga, New York where Iroquois Chief Logan, a war leader born of one of the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy, delivered a speech refusing to make peace with white settlers who murdered his family.

CLARA BARTON REDBUD

REPRESENTS
American Red Cross founder Clara Barton

SEED ORIGIN
A tree growing outside of Clara Barton’s private office in Maryland. Barton was a pioneering American Nurse who was instrumental to the Union Army during the Civil War.

ELLWOOD CATALPA

REPRESENTS
Ellwood Manor and the Civil War

SEED ORIGIN
A tree on the 3,500-acre estate in Fredericksburg, Virginia that was the center of much Confederate and Union activity and battles during the Civil War.

ELVIS PRESLEY BALD CYPRESS

REPRESENTS
Elvis Presley

SEED ORIGIN
A tree that lines the driveway at the Graceland Elvis Presley mansion in Tennessee. 

FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT WHITE OAK

REPRESENTS
President Franklin D. Roosevelt

SEED ORIGIN
Franklin D. Roosevelt’s birthplace, home and burial place in Hyde Park, New York.

GEORGE WASHINGTON TULIP POPLAR

REPRESENTS
Preident George Washington

SEED ORIGIN
A tree planted at Mount Vernon by Washington in 1785 — one of our nation’s most precious living possessions.

GETTYSBURG ADDRESS HONEY LOCUST

REPRESENTS
Gettysburg Address

SEED ORIGIN
A tree 100 yards from where President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Pennsylvania.

JOHN PAUL JONES PAPER MULBERRY

REPRESENTS
Commander John Paul Jones

SEED ORIGIN
A tree at the Fredericksburg, Virginia home of John Paul Jones, a Revolutionary War hero who is known as the father of the U.S. Navy.

JOHNNY APPLESEED APPLE TREE

REPRESENTS
Johnny Apple Seed

SEED ORIGIN
The last surviving tree, certified as one planted by Johnny Appleseed, also known as Johnny Chapman, in Savannah, Ohio.

LEWIS AND CLARK OSAGE ORANGE

REPRESENTS
Lewis and Clark

SEED ORIGIN
Trees grown from seeds Meriwether Lewis and William Clark collected on their famous Corps of Discovery Expedition.

LONGWOOD GARDENS DAWN REDWOOD

REPRESENTS
Longwood Gardens

SEED ORIGIN
A Metasequoia at Longwood Gardens, a botanical garden in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. It is often referred to as a living fossil.

MARK TWAIN CAVE BUR OAK

REPRESENTS
Mark Twain

SEED ORIGIN
A tree just outside a cave near Samuel Langhorn Clemens’s (also known as Mark Twain) childhood home in Hannibal, Missouri, on the west bank of the Mississippi River, where he used to go exploring.

MONTPELIER KENTUCKY COFFEE TREE

REPRESENTS
President James Madison

SEED ORIGIN
James Madison’s Montpelier Estate in Orange County, Virginia where he formulated his concepts about democracy and his most powerful idea: government by the people.

MOON SYCAMORE

REPRESENTS
Apollo XIV Moon Landing

SEED ORIGIN
The “Moon Sycamore,” a tree grown from seeds carried aboard the Apollo 14 moon mission by the Command Module Pilot — and former U.S. Forest Service Smokejumper — Stuart Roosa.

NATHAN HALE NORTHERN RED OAK

REPRESENTS
Colonel Nathan Hale

SEED ORIGIN
A tree from the home of the American soldier and spy for the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary war.  Nathan Hale is known for saying, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”

PATRICK HENRY OSAGE ORANGE

REPRESENTS
Founding Father Patrick Henry

SEED ORIGIN
The cuttings of a tree on the property of Patrick Henry, Founding Father, 1st and 6th Governor of Virginia best known for his declaration to the Second Virginia Convention where he famously said, “give me liberty, or give me death!”

PRAIRIE GROVE CHINQUAPIN OAK

REPRESENTS
The Battle of Prairie Grove

SEED ORIGIN
A tree from the Prairie Grove Battlefield, a Civil War battleground where the Union Army secured control of northwestern Arkansas. 

RIVER FARM REDBUD

REPRESENTS
River Farm at George Washington’s Mount Vernon

SEED ORIGIN
River Farm is a home to the American Horticultural Society headquarters, named after larger plot of land which formed an outlying part of George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate in Fairfax County, Virginia.

SAM HOUSTON KISSING BUR OAK

REPRESENTS
Governor Sam Houston

SEED ORIGIN
Samuel Houston was the 7th Governor of Texas, 6th Govenor of Tenneseee, United States Senator from Texas and more. As a Senator running for Texas Governor, he gave over 60 campaign speeches underneath a burr oak tree on the bank of the San Marcos River. During one speech, a group of women pooled their talents to sew a Texas flag. After he was presented with the flag, he kissed them and the tree became known as the Kissing Oak.

SHILOH CATALPA

REPRESENTS
Battle of Shiloh Battlefield

SEED ORIGIN
A tree from the battlefield at Shiloh, Tennessee where the Union Army of the Tennessee, commanded by Major General Ulysses S. Grant and the Army of Ohio defeated the Confederate Army of Mississippi.

SURVIVOR AMERICAN ELM

REPRESENTS
Oklahoma City Bombing

SEED ORIGIN
The Survivor Tree, a tree that survived the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing, and part of the Memorial.

THOMAS JEFFERSON TULIP POPLAR

REPRESENTS
President Thomas Jefferson

SEED ORIGIN
A tree at Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson, who loved his trees and was known as the “Father of American forestry.”

TIDAL BASIN JAPANESE CHERRY

REPRESENTS
Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C.

SEED ORIGIN
Cuttings from the famous flowering Japanese Cherry trees in Washington D.C., given as a gift to the United States by Japanese Emperor Mutsuhito and the Tokyo Municipal Council.

TRAIL OF TEARS REDBUD

REPRESENTS
Trails of Tears

SEED ORIGIN
A tree thousands of Cherokee Indians passed as they were forced onto reservation land in Oklahoma.

WILLIAMSBURG WISTERIA

REPRESENTS
Colonial Williamsburg

SEED ORIGIN
An American Landmark tree featured in the restored Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia.