Tree Planting Program
The Edwardsville Beautification and Tree Commission is pleased to announce the opportunity for residential property owners to participate in the 2023 City Tree Planting Program.
This program enables residents to be reimbursed one-half the cost (up to $100) 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. (Previous recipients are eligible to participate.)
Edwardsville Public Works Department, City Tree Planting Program, 200 East Park Street, Edwardsville, IL 62025
Applications must be received between September 1, 2023, and Thursday, November 30, 2023. 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 JULIE (Joint Utility Locating Information for Excavators) online at https://www.illinois1call.com/ or by calling 811 or 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 15.
Step 3) Apply for reimbursement. Submit a receipt for purchase of the tree no later than December 29, 2023, to the Edwardsville Public Works Department at the address listed above. Receipt for tree purchase must be dated between September 1, 2023, and December 15, 2023. 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!
Questions? Call the Public Works Department at 618-692-7535.
LIST OF APPROVED TREES
Elm (disease resistant)
London Plane Tree
Maple (NOT Norway, Japanese or Silver)
Oak (NOT sawtooth or pin oak)
American Smoke Tree
Are you looking for guidelines that can help you select the right tree for your property? The Morton Arboretum, a nonprofit organization and expert tree resource, offers a selection tool. You can access that tree selection tool here.