Street Trees

"Street Trees", the trees planted between the "sidewalk to curb", are not personal trees. They're intended to provide shade and cover for paved surfaces, reducing run-off and reflected heat. Street trees also improve the curb appeal of the neighborhood, known to increase real estate values (as much as 20%). On the flip side, street trees don't live that long due to limited root growth, water, and oxygen. Their environment is confining, they have to deal with the blacktop, cement, the elements and road salt.

When planting these trees and future ones, the Village Tree Board carefully studies the site selection so that the (mature size of the) trees will be trouble-free and enjoyed for years to come. When choosing a planting location, overhead lines, which can be either electric, telephone, or cable, must be avoided. Underground lines, which can be these three, plus water, sewer and natural gas, must also be avoided.

A list of "Street Trees" with a high resistance to insects and disease, adaptable, and hardy is consulted when new plantings are being considered. This list of trees is as follows:

Ginko and Honey Locust Trees planted along LaFayette Park were carefully chosen for this location

Small Trees:

  • Serviceberry Hybrids (Amelanchier x grandiflora
  • American Hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana)
  • Hawthorn (Crataegus [sp].)
  • Goldenrain Tree (Koelreuteria paniculata)
  • Flowering Crabapple (Malus [sp.])
  • Japanese Tree Lilac (Syringa reticulata)

Medium Trees:

Larger trees are more fitting for the historic east side area of Washington Park
  • Hedge Maple (Acer campestre)
  • Hackberry (Celtis laevigata)
  • Honeylocust [thornless] (Gleditsia triacanthos)
  • Columnar Sargent Cherry (Prunas sargentil)
  • Kwanzan Oriental Cherry (Prunas serrulata)
  • Callery Pear (Pyrus calleryana)

Tall Trees:

  • Norway Maple (Acer platanoides)
  • Red Maple (Acer rubrum)
  • Sugar Maple (Acer saccarinum)
  • Black Maple (Acer nigrum)
  • Patmore Green Ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)
  • Ginko or Maidenhair Tree (Ginkgo biloba - male only)
  • Bloodgood London Planetree (Platanus x acerifolia)
  • Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa)
  • Pin Oak (Quercus palustris)
  • Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra)
  • Littleleaf Linden (Tilia cordata)
  • Japanese Zelkova (Zelkova serrata)
  • Liberty Elm (Ulmus americana)