Tree Planting Program

Tree Planting Program - Application Form and Information


The Edwardsville Beautification and Tree Commission is pleased to announce the opportunity for residents to participate in the “Edwardsville Tree Planting Program.”   This program enables residents to be reimbursed one-half the cost (up to $75.00) of purchasing and planting one approved tree each year at their primary place of residence within the Edwardsville City Limits.  For residents to be eligible for program participation and reimbursement, all applications must be received by the Department of Public Works and approved by the city PRIOR TO FINAL TREE SELECTION AND PLANTING.


Step 1.  Submit the paper application to the Edwardsville Public Works Department, City Tree Planting Program, 200 East Park 

      Street, Edwardsville, IL 62025 or complete the online form below starting August 17th.  Applications must be received 

      no later than Friday, December 4th.  Only those trees on the LIST OF APPROVED TREES will be considered for approval.


Step 2.  After receiving approval from the Public Works Department, the property Owner shall purchase the tree and arrange for   

             planting. All Owners are required to Contact J.U.L.I.E. (Joint Utility Locating Information for Excavators) at 

             1-800-892-0123 and request location and marking of any potentially conflicting underground utilities. This MUST be 

             done prior to any digging. Planting must be completed by December 4th.


Step 3.  Apply for reimbursement.  Submit a receipt for purchase of the tree no later than December 11th to the Edwardsville 

             Public Works Department address given above. Receipts for purchase of the tree must be dated between August 17th and 

             December 4th.  Applications for reimbursement will be reviewed and the applicant will be contacted by email once 

             approved. Reimbursement will only be authorized for the planting of the approved tree type listed on the original 

             application AND after inspection and approval of proper tree planting. This program is on a first-come, first-served basis 

              as funding priorities allow so don’t delay!


Any questions should be directed to the Public Works Department at 618-692-7535.   Even if you have purchased a tree in previous years and have been reimbursed, you are still eligible to participate again this year.


     Native Illinois trees:  Allegheny serviceberry, blackhaw viburnum, Fox Valley river birch, pawpaw, Rising Sun redbud, American hop hornbeam, American hornbeam, Early Glow buckeye, Carolina silverbell, American basswood, bald cypress, bur oak, chinkapin oak, Kentucky coffee tree (male), Sugar hackberry, swamp white oak, witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)

     Trees that are particularly good for improving air quality:  river birch, Sugar hackberry, American beech, dawn redwood, little-leaf linden, European linden, silver linden

     Some additional trees:  Autumn Blaze maple, red maples, sugar maples, beeches, black gum, disease resistant elms,

Ginkgos (male), larches, lindens, magnolias, oaks, pines, redbuds, sourwood, spruces, American sycamore, tulips, Japanese zelkova