Trees for the Next Generation

Trees are important to Aurora's neighborhoods because they provide environmental, social, economic, and property value benefits. They:
  • Naturally reduce air pollution by filtering out harmful gasses and replenishing the atmosphere with oxygen
  • Lower heating and cooling costs
  • Reduce surface water runoff resulting from storms; tree roots stabilize the soil and prevent erosion
  • Reduce noise pollution by acting as sound barriers
  • Increase residential and commercial property values
  • Enhance economic stability by attracting businesses and visitors
  • Improve the consumer environment and help increase spending within business districts
  • Provide food and shelter for wildlife

National Tree Benefit Calculator


Use the National Tree Benefit Calculator tool to calculate the economic and ecological benefits of your tree.

Tree Identifier


Use this online Arbor Day Foundation tool to identify what kind of tree you have or are looking at.

Tree City USA


Over the past 12 years, the City of Aurora has received the Tree City USA designation.

The Tree City USA Program, sponsored by The National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters, encourages better care of community forests by providing technical assistance, public attention, and national recognition for urban and community forestry programs in thousands of towns and cities that more than 93 million Americans call home.

Parkway Trees


The City owns and maintains all of the Aurora parkways trees. Trees are pruned when necessary throughout the year. We ask that residents help out by watering trees during drought conditions. Newly planted trees need special attention to ensure they become established. It would be helpful if residents water new parkway trees every 10 to 14 days, for two years after transplanting.

Newly planted trees need special attention to ensure they become established. We ask that residents help out by watering trees during drought conditions. It would be helpful if residents water new parkway trees every 10 to 14 days, for two years after transplanting.

If there is a problem with a parkway tree, please call Customer Service at 630-256-INFO (4636).

Fall Tree planting


The City plants trees each year along city-owned parkways. A majority of the trees are planted in fall; however some tree species are planted in the spring because they respond better to transplanting at this time. Fall planting is usually finished by mid-November while spring planting is completed by mid-May.

Species Diversity


The City follows a tree-planting program that insures a wide diversity of tree species is planted throughout the community. Species diversity is an important step to help prevent against substantial tree canopy loss due to devastating diseases like the Dutch Elm disease of the 1950s and 60s, and more recently the Emerald Ash Borer.