Mattamy Homes in Island Village at Celebration

Large Tree Installation, Residential Development


Mattamy Homes in Island Village at Celebration

Project Location

Celebration, Florida


Multiple 15” – 17” Caliper Live Oaks

Project Type

Residential Development
Large Tree Installation

Celebration, Florida is a master-planned community originally founded in the 1990s by The Walt Disney Company. The community is minutes from Disney’s Magic Kingdom, shopping, golf courses, museums, and more.

Island Village at Celebration by Mattamy Homes is the newest chapter in this unique community. The development features more than 1,000 homes, parks, pool amenities, recreation centers and walking and biking trails.

Project Challenges

Mattamy Homes wanted mature trees to match the appearance of trees in the existing community. The new development was previously clear-cut. So, to better attract buyers, the developer wanted the look and classic feel of the existing community.

Where tree size was the primary criteria, the client also wanted the opportunity to choose trees that made a statement with their character and uniqueness.

The entrance to the development was a tight footprint. High levels of care and diligence would be necessary to bring the large, 20,000-pound trees in without damaging the hardscapes, existing improvements, or other property.

UFW Solutions

The client chose Southern live Oaks (Quercus virginiana) from the many varieties available at UFW’s National Tree Farm in Barberville, Florida. This location is the largest of the three company-owned tree farms. The other tree farms are in Ehrhardt, South Carolina and Fort Pierce, Florida.

The inventory level of mature trees at the Barberville tree farm easily met the client’s size requirement to match the look of trees from earlier phases of the community. The wide selection of large specimen trees also allowed the client to handpick trees meeting their requirements for uniqueness and character.

Large tree installations, especially those with limited space can require outsourcing specialized services like crane and hauling to companies with access to adequate equipment. Urban Forestry Works has the equipment and expertise in place to get the job done even when access space is limited.

UFW successfully met the client’s requirements with their patented tree moving system and years of experience managing the demands inherent in transporting and moving mature trees. The company completed the project safely, without damaging the existing hardscapes, improvements, or property.