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50/50 Parkway Tree Program

In an effort to encourage the replacement of some of the parkway trees that have been cut down due to Emerald Ash Borer, the City of Aurora is pleased to offer a 50/50 Parkway Tree Program. The program will provide residents with a guaranteed replacement tree at half the cost and the option to choose from a variety of available selections.

“While the City has done its best to replace trees, the rising costs and sheer quantity of trees that have been removed, it would take years to balance” said Mayor Weisner.  “We all know the devastating effects that the Emerald Ash Borer has had on this area. By partnering with residents, this program will allow us to replace more of those trees while giving the residents a greater choice of the types of trees that will beautify their homes.”

The discounted fee includes planting and mulching.  Residents can choose 1 tree per household from the following trees for Spring 2016 planting in either 2” or 3” varieties (exception - homeowner's associations):

TYPE OF TREE

DESCRIPTION

2”
Cost to Resident

3”
Cost to Resident

Kentucky Coffee Tree

Kentucky Coffeetree is a unique tree with very large leaves made up of smaller leaflets. Leaves emerge in late spring a striking pink-bronze color. As the beautiful, large airy leaves mature they become dark bluish-green above

$175 $225
Hybrid Elm An extremely fast growing hybrid elm, resistant to disease and insect attack; a good choice for shade as a street tree. Up to 40 ‘ in height, dark green leaves and golden in the fall. $175 $225
Hackberry This tree is considered both a shade tree and an ornamental tree. It features a spreading canopy capable of blocking sunlight and adds visual interest and beauty to landscaping. $175 $225
Greenspire Linden A very reliable shade tree, even for difficult conditions. Tolerates a very wide range of soil condition. Linden trees have very flexible wood making them and excellent choice for open windy areas. $175 $225
Chanticleer Pear This tree stands out as one of the most profuse flowerers. It has a narrow, tailored appearance and tolerates many urban conditions, which is why it is a popular street tree choice where spread may be a bit limited. $175 $225
Thornless Cockspur Hawthorn An excellent small tree with a wide-spreading plant form, growing to a height of 15 to 18 ft. Drought resistant, this tree has low water needs. $175 $225
Underwire Trees
Japanese Tree Lilac (under wires) Japanese Tree Lilac is an ornamental tree with stiff spreading branches an oval-rounded to vase shape crown. $175 $225
Serviceberry A small tree or large shrub in form, and bearing many names, this American native plant is beautiful in early spring for its billows of lacy colorful blooms and beautiful again in autumn for blazing color on the pleasing rounded leaves. $175 Unavailable in this size

Tree Orders

The city contracts the planting of parkway trees twice a year.

Spring planting will take place in April and May of 2016. Tree orders must be placed by April 1st, 2016.

Fall planting will take place in October and November. Tree orders must be placed no later than September 16, 2016.

Due to budgetary constraints, tree supplies are limited. Residents are encouraged to apply early.

Three Easy Steps to Place An Order

  1. To begin the Approval Process, call the City of Aurora’s Customer Service Center at 630-256-INFO (4636) to request a tree.  Customer Service Center hours are Monday-Friday 8a-5p.
  1. Once the request is received, a City staff member will conduct a parkway review to determine tree spacing, soil condition and existing utilities. All of these factors impact planting a new tree.
  1. After the parkway review, the resident will be contacted regarding approval status. If request has been approved, an invoice will be mailed to the homeowner for payment. Payments must be received prior to planting.

Tree Planting Guidelines

All trees purchased through the 50/50 Parkway Tree Program are required to be planted within the area of the right-of-way in front of or on the sides of the purchaser's property. The right-of-way area available for planting the trees varies at each property.

The parkway review will assess the area to make sure that the following guidelines are adhered to:

  • Trees do not conflict with existing utilities
  • Minimum distance of 50’ from intersection
  • Trees are located at least 30 to 50 feet from any other tree
  • Trees are at least 25 feet from an overhead light or fire hydrant
  • Adequate area for a tree to grow healthy
  • Trees cannot be planted in the same location where previous tree was removed.
  • Where irrigation systems are installed in the parkway, the City of Aurora or its landscape contractor will not be responsible for any damage caused by tree planting.

The City of Aurora will continue to plant free parkway trees where trees have been removed. However, City officials report that this process can take years because of the cost of trees and the quantity that need to be replaced.

For More Information

For more information and to request a tree, please call 630-256-4636.