Tree Value Calculator: Appraise the Value of Your Trees

To determine your tree’s value, type in the height of your tree (in feet) and the circumference of the tree (in inches), and choose the tree type. Then press calculate to calculate the value of a tree.

Tree Value Calculator

Hint: Measure circumference from 4 1/2 feet from the ground. (approximately chest level)

Pro Tip: The easiest way to measure the circumference is by using a piece of string or fabric tape measure, wrapping it around the trunk and marking or cutting it where it meets, then measuring the string.

Side Note: The prices reflected are in US dollars.

Keep in mind that this is a basic tree value calculator, and the calculated value is only approximate. Arborists use many other factors to appraise trees.

For example, the condition of the tree and its location, the benefits it provides in terms of energy savings thanks to tree shade, carbon dioxide offsetting, aesthetic value, etc.

As a rule of thumb, the taller and the wider the tree, the more value it has.

Hardwoods are generally worth more than softwoods

According to USDA, trees can contribute 10 to 25 % to the land’s value.

Black Walnut Tree Value Calculator

Black Walnut is one of the most valuable trees. It’s so valuable that forestry officials need to keep an eye out for black walnut poachers.

In 2004, DNA tree testing was used to solve one such poaching case in Indiana involving a 55-foot black walnut tree worth at least US $2,500 cut down from someone’s backyard while they were on holiday. The man had to pay a fine of more than $9,000 to the landowner.

Tree Appraisal Calculator

Tree Appraisal Formula

Appraised Value = Basic Tree Cost × Species% × Condition% × Location%
Basic Tree Cost = [(TAA – TAR) × Unit Cost] + Installed Cost

Species% = rating of the species’ longevity, maintenance requirements, and adaptability to the local growing environment (value between .00 and 1.00)

Condition% = rating of structural integrity and health; a higher percentage indicates better condition (value between .00 and 1.00)

tree condition rating in relation of appraising trees

Location% = rating of the site itself (relative market value), the contribution of the tree in terms of its aesthetic and functional attributes, and placement, which reflects the effectiveness of realizing benefits. Location is the sum of site, contribution, and placement divided by three. A higher percentage indicates a better location. / value between .00 and 1.00

tree location rating table in relation of appraising trees

TAA = trunk area of appraised tree – adjusted trunk area value at DBH (diameter at breast height) in square inches of the tree.

TAR = trunk area of replacement tree – adjusted trunk replacement value at DBH in square inches of the average largest transplantable-sized tree that a nursery can provide

Unit Cost = base price per square inch dollar value of a tree – cost of the largest available transplantable tree divided by TAR ($/square inch)

Installed Cost = replacement cost for the average largest transplantable-sized tree that a nursery can provide in this area.

Tree size is measured, while species adaptability, condition, and location are assessed subjectively relative to a “high-quality” species and expressed as percentages.

To get your trees appraised by a professional, find arborists who have completed Tree and Plant Appraisal Qualification Training (TPAQ).

Disclaimer: The tree appraisal calculator and values contained in the Species Rating Guide shouldn’t be used without following the procedures identified and explained in the Guide for Plant Appraisal, written by the Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers and published by the International Society of Arboriculture.

Tree Species Rating Guide

Common Name (Latin Name)Rating (%)
American Beech (Fagus grandifolia)80
American Chestnut (Castanea dentata)20
American Elm (Ulmus americana)30
American Holly (Ilex opaca)70
American Hornbeam (Blue Beech) (Carpinus caroliniana)70
American Larch (Larix laricina)50
American Mountain Ash (Sorbus americana)40
American Smoke Tree (Cotinus obovatus)70
Amur Choke Cherry (Prunus maackii)60
Amur Corktree (Phellodendron amurense)20
Amur Maple (Acer ginnala)60
Austrian or Black Pine (Pinus nigra)40
Baldcypress (Taxodium distichum)90
Bigtooth Aspen (Populus grandidentata)50
Black Cherry (Prunus serotina)50
Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia)20
Black Maple (Acer nigrum)80
Black Oak (Quercus velutina)60
Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)40
Black Willow (Salix nigra)40
Blue Ash (Fraxinus quadrangulata)70
Boxelder (Acer negundo)20
Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa)90
Callery Pear (Pyrus calleryana)20
Carolina Silverbell (Halesia carolina)70
Catalpa (Catalpa sp.)40
Cherrybark Oak (Quercus falcata var. pagodaefolia)70
Chestnut Oak (Quercus prinus)70
Chinquapin Oak (Quercus muehlenbergii)80
Chinese Chestnut (Castanea mollissima)60
Chinese Juniper (Juniperus chinensis)60
Chinese or Lacebark Elm (Ulmus parvifolia)70
Choke Cherry (Prunus virginiana)40
Cockspur Hawthorn (Crataegus crus-galli)80
Colorado Spruce (Picea pungens)70
Common Horsechestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)60
Common Peach (Prunus persica)40
Common Persimmon Female (Diospyros virginiana)50
Common Persimmon Male (Diospyros virginiana)70
Common Sassafras (Sassafras albidum)70
Common Smoke Tree (Cotinus coggygria)60
Cornelian Cherry Dogwood (Cornus mas)70
Cottonwood Female (Populus deltoides)30
Cottonwood Male (Populus deltoides)50
Crabapple (Malus)80
Cucumbertree Magnolia (Magnolia acuminata)70
Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides)60
Douglasfir (Psuedotsuga menziesii)80
Downy Hawthorn (Crataegus mollis)50
Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana)60
Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus)70
English Elm (Ulmus carpinifolia)30
English Hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata)40
European Ash (Fraxinus excelsior)60
European Bird Cherry (Prunus padus)40
European Black Alder (Alnus glutinosa)20
European Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus)70
European Mountain Ash (Sorbus aucuparia)50
European White Birch (Betula pendula)20
Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida)60
Freeman Maple (Acer xfreemanii)70
Fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus)60
Ginkgo Female (Ginkgo biloba)60
Ginkgo Male (Ginkgo biloba)90
Golden Raintree (Koelreuteria paniculata)60
Gray Birch (Betula populifolia)40
Green Ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)60
Hardy Rubber Tree (Eucommia ulmoides)50
Hedge Maple (Acer campestre)60
Hill’s or Northern Pin Oak (Quercus ellipsoidalis)60
Honeylocust (Gleditsia triacanthos)70
Hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)80
Ironwood (Ostrya virginiana)80
Italian Alder (Alnus cordata)70
Jack Pine (Pinus banksiana)40
Japanese Cherry (Prunus serrulata)40
Japanese Flowering Cherry (Prunus serrulata)40
Japanese Larch (Larix kaempferi)60
Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum)70
Japanese Pagoda Tree (Sophora japonica)70
Japanese Tree Lilac (Syringa reticulata)70
Japanese Zelkova (Zelkova serrata)60
Katsura Tree (Cercidiphyllum japonicum)80
Kentucky Coffeetree Female (Gymnocladus dioica)60
Kentucky Coffeetree Male (Gymnocladus dioica)80
Kobus Magnolia (Magnolia kobus)60
Korean Mountain Ash (Sorbus alnifolia)50
Lacebark Pine (Pinus bungeana)70
Lavalle Hawthorn (Crataegus xlavallei)60
Little Leaf Linden (Tilia cordata)60
Loebner Magnolia (Magnolia xloebneri)70
Lombardy Poplar (Populus nigra ‘Italica’)20
London Planetree (Platanus xacerifolia)60
Manchurian Apricot (Prunus armeniaca var. mandshurica)50
Mimosa or Silk Tree (Albizia julibrissin)20
Miyabe Maple (Acer miyabei)80
Mulberry (Morus sp.)40
Norway Maple (Acer platanoides)20
Norway Spruce (Picea abies)70
Ohio Buckeye (Aesculus glabra)60
Oriental Arborvitae (Thuja orientalis)60
Osage-Orange (Maclura pomifera)20
Paper Birch (Betula papyrifera)40
Paperbark Maple (Acer griseum)70
Paulownia (Princess Tree) (Paulownia tomentosa)20
Peking Lilac (Syringa pekinensis)70
Pin Oak (Quercus palustris)60
Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa)60
Purple Leaf Plum (Prunus cerasifera)40
Purpleblow Maple (Acer truncatum)70
Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides)50
Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia)70
Red Horsechestnut (Aesculus xcarnea)70
Red Maple (Acer rubrum)60
Red Oak (Quercus rubra)70
Redbud (Cercis canadensis)60
River Birch (Betula nigra)70
Rock Elm (Ulmus thomasii)30
Russian Olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia)20
Sargent Cherry (Prunus sargentii)70
Saucer Magnolia (Magnolia xsoulangiana)70
Sawtooth Oak (Quercus acutissima)70
Scarlet Oak (Quercus coccinea)70
Scotch Pine (Pinus sylvestris)40
Serbian Spruce (Picea omorika)70
Serviceberry (Amelanchier)70
Shingle Oak (Quercus imbricaria)70
Short Leaf Pine (Pinus echinata)50
Siberian Elm (Ulmus pumila)40
Siebold Viburnum (Viburnum sieboldii)60
Silver Linden (Tilia tomentosa)70
Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum)40
Slippery or Red Elm (Ulmus rubra)20
Sourwood (Oxydendrum arboreum)60
Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora)60
Speckled Alder (Alnus rugosa)70
Sugar Hackberry (Celtis laevigata)70
Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)80
Swamp Chestnut Oak (Quercus michauxii)70
Swamp White Oak (Quercus bicolor)80
Sweet Birch (Betula lenta)50
Sweet Cherry (Prunus avium)40
Sweetbay Magnolia (Magnolia virginiana)70
Swiss Stone Pine (Pinus cembra)70
Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis)70
Sycamore Maple (Acer pseudoplatanus)70
Tartarian Maple (Acer tataricum)70
Three-Flowered Maple (Acer triflorum)80
Thornless Honeylocust (Gleditsia triacanthos f. inermis)50
Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima)20
Turkish Filbert (Corylus colurna)80
Tuliptree (Liriodendron tulipifera)70
Vaughn Hawthorn (Crataegus ‘Vaughn’)60
Weeping Cherry (Prunus subhirtella var. pendula)40
Weeping Willow (Salix alba ‘Tristis’)40
White Alder (Alnus incana)70
White Ash (Fraxinus americana)70
White Cedar Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis)70
White Oak (Quercus alba)90
White or Concolor Fir (Abies concolor)80
White or Silver Poplar (Populus alba)30
White Spruce (Picea glauca)70
White Spruce (Black Hills) (Picea glauca var. Densata)70
Willow Oak (Quercus phellos)70
Winter King Hawthorn (Crataegus viridis ‘Winter King’)70
Yellow Birch (Betula alleghaniensis)50
Yellowwood (Cladrastis lutea)60
Zelkova (Japanese Zelkova) (Zelkova serrata)60

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