Davey Tree Adopts Akron Landmark, Signal Tree

Posted: Aug. 16, 2018

Kent, Ohio – The Davey Tree Expert Company has committed to adopting one of Akron’s most iconic historical landmarks, the Signal Tree. Located in the Summit Metro Parks, the tree is estimated to be more than 350 years old with a rich, local history. 

This adoption ensures the Signal Tree continues to receive proper arboricultural care for the next five years. Davey’s Akron Residential/Commercial office will provide regular maintenance of the tree in addition to annual assessments of the tree’s health. Davey Tree has a long history of working with the Signal Tree and has been involved in its care for more than 40 years.

“As a tree care company, we have a special interest and appreciation for large, historical wonders like the Signal Tree,” said Sandra Reid, vice president of corporate communications and strategic planning administration for the Davey Tree Expert Company. “And since the Signal Tree is in a public green space, it’s especially important that we keep it healthy so our community can enjoy its beauty and the benefits of a healthy and beautiful green space for many years to come.”  

Among many different theories, the Signal Tree is said to have been a landmark for Native Americans to hold ceremonial gatherings. No one is quite sure of the exact historical significance of the tree, but the three-prong trunk is certainly indicative that its growth pattern was manually shaped by humans.

Davey Tree will continue to donate care for the Signal Tree through 2022.

With more than 9,000 employees throughout North America, The Davey Tree Expert Company provides solutions for residential, utility, commercial and government clients. Rooted in research, the company’s vision is to achieve balance among people, progress and the environment. Tree experts since 1880, Davey provides diversified tree services, grounds maintenance and environmental services. Davey is one of the largest employee-owned companies in the U.S. and is headquartered in Kent, Ohio.

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