As many of you are aware. CG banned any type of pear tree for use as a street tree. Therefore, the ARHOA Street Tree Committee chose three trees and assigned them to the various streets in the subdivision for replacement of the Aristocrat and Bradford Pear.
The following three trees and their cultivars are the only trees approved for replacement of the pear trees on Autumn Ridge’s streets. The three trees and their cultivars are:
Tree: Red Maple (Acer rubrum)
• Cultivars: October Glory, Autumn Blaze, Red Sunset and
Tree: Thornless Honeylocust (Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis)
• Cultivar: Shademaster (male only)
Tree: Black Gum aka Black Tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica)
• Cultivars: Wild Fire and Red Rage
The committee’s recommendations for using the aforementioned three trees, and the distribution by street, were presented to the Association Board and approved as follows:
Red Maple: Autumn Ridge Drive, Deer Crossing Way, Windy Meadow Way, Misty Morning Circle, Sedona Vista, Rochester Court and Ramblewood Way
Thornless Honeylocust: Winter Haven Way, Indian Summer Trail and Crimson Creek Way
Black Gum aka Black Tupelo: Briarpatch Way, Michaels Cove, Doe Meadow Court, Pheasant Run and Willow Spring
NOTE: For those owning corner lots, abide by the street on which the tree is located.
The use of one tree, uniformly and exclusively, on a single street will protect the look to which we are accustomed. In addition, using three different trees overall will present a pleasing diversity of colors and hues throughout Autumn Ridge, and will protect the entire neighborhood should one species develop sickness or infestation.
Trees are required in Lexington subdivisions, and the replacement of those that die, are damaged or removed is required. Please keep in mind that trees increase property values.
The ARHOA is not suggesting a schedule of when the pear trees are to be replaced, but only mandating which trees must be used when replacing the pear trees. Please take into account that Autumn Ridge is a deed-restricted community, and that the ARHOA is acting in the benefit of the neighborhood.
A very helpful brochure, Lexington Street Tree Guidelines – Understanding City Street Tree Requirements, Permitting, Maintenance and Removal Procedures, is available from the LFUCG. The property owner is responsible for replacement. The brochure also states that property owners may be eligible to receive financial assistance for street tree removal, stump grinding, and tree planting. This brochure can be found on Lexington's website, www.lexingtonky.gov/forestry, or by calling the Division of Streets, Roads and Forestry at 859-258-3451.
Please note that it states in the Lexington Street Tree Guidelines – Understanding City Street Tree Requirements, Permitting, Maintenance and Removal Procedures brochure that a permit must be obtained before removing and/or planting street trees. However, the ARHOA obtained an open permit for Autumn Ridge residents to replace the pear trees per the street selection mandated above and you will not be required to get a permit as it has already been done for you. Also, please keep in mind, replacement trees must be at least 1 ¾ inch in caliper.
Thank you for your cooperation in this effort to keep Autumn Ridge beautiful.
Michelle Cammack Kimbrell
3621 Willow Spring