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Plant & Landscaping Information

Good stewardship begins at home and taking care of our private landscape gives us an opportunity to actively make a difference through thoughtful management of our plants, soil, and water resources. Small changes can make a big difference in environmental quality when we join with others in our communities and regions that are also good stewards of their home landscapes.

Quick Links to Resources Listed Below:

 2015 Arbor Day Celebration at Walsh Intermediate School

Plant Information Links

For information on specific plants:

  • Connecticut Botanical Society:  
  • Go Botany: simple key for identifying plants  
  • Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center:  
  • New England Wildflower Society:  
  • Plants for a Future: database of edible, medicinal, useful plants 
  • UCONN tree and shrub database:  
  • USDA Plant database: 
  • Virginia Tech Plant Factsheets:  VT Tree ID
  • CT Coastal Planting Guide .pdf
  • Native Tree and Shrub Availability (2005, DEP) .pdf
  • USACE Regional Wetland Plants List .pdf

Invasive Plants Links

For information on invasive plant identification, prevention and removal:

Landscaping Links



  • Connecticut Woodlands: periodicalCT Woodlands Summer 2008
  • Trees are Good: tree benefits and care 
  • New Concepts in tree planting .pdfBartlett Tree Experts report
  • Review lists in Plant Information 
  • See Plant Pests for more information on pests that impact trees in Connecticut
  • How Trees & Urban Forest Systems Really Affect Stormwater Runoff article by Arrin Teague and Eric Kuehler

  • Contact information for concerns and tree trimming questions relative to trees near utilities: Eversource 

email:; Residential Customer Service: 800-286-2000; Business Customer Service: 888-783-6617

Rain Gardens:

A properly designed, and sized, rain garden can be an attractive way to manage storm water. It is best to select native plants for your rain garden, so be sure to double check before you buy and plant.

  • Rain Gardens:  Rain Gardens Image
  • CT Rain Gardens: A Design Guide for Homeowners .pdf
  • MA Riverways: Building a Rain Garden .pdf
  • Maryland Rain Garden Guide .pdf be sure to select native plants for your rain garden
  • New England Wildflower Rain Garden Plant Suggestions .pdf
  • New Hampshire Rain Garden Guide .pdf
  • Rain Gardens: Preserving your Community's Water .pdf
  • Rain Garden: Site Worksheet, NRCS .pdf

Plant Pests

Invasive species can cause significant damage to trees and other vegetation. Listed below are some species of concern and external resources for lists, identification, and prevention/management.

Asian Longhorn Beetle (ALB)

  • A pest to be aware of - has been found in both MA and NY. Check out the CT DEEP info page here
  • Asian Longhorn Beetle Factsheet Don't move fire wood!

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)

  • Is in CT: EAB Quarantine - do NOT move wood from CT out of state (and vice versa!)
  • For more information on Emerald Ash Borer click here to visit the CT DEEP page
  • EAB Look-Alike Poster (also includes ALB)

Pest Lists and Resources

Town Hall Address: 1019 Main Street, Branford, CT 06405 Phone: (203) 488-8394 Business Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday