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 $100.00) 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 September 1st.  Applications must be received 

      no later than Friday, November 26th  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 10th to the Edwardsville 

             Public Works Department address given above. Receipts for purchase of the tree must be dated between September 1st 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.


Any tree from Under the Canopy, Creating Personal Greenspace, A Guide to Selecting, Planting, and Caring for Trees in Illinois. This includes: Fox Valley river birch, blackhaw viburnum. The Rising Sun redbud, sweetbay magnolia, white fringe tree, pawpaw, Allegheny serviceberry, American smoke tree, American hornbeam, paperbark maple, Frontier elm, American hophornbeam, Carolina silverbell, ‘Early Glow’ buckeye, purple catalpa, katsura tree, limber pine, concolor fir, Serbian spruce, chinkapin oak, Triumph elm, Exclamation London plane tree, Japanese zelkova, Kentucky coffee tree (male), bald cypress, American basswood, Ginkgo (male), Sugar hackberry, swamp white oak, bur oak.

     Some additional trees: arborvitae, beeches, black gum, Chinese tree lilac, disease resistant elms, European hornbeam, larches, lindens, magnolias, maples including Japanese maples, red maples, sugar maples, oaks, pines, pond cypress, redbuds, red cedar, Raven dawn redwood, sassafras, sourwood, spruces, American sycamore, tulips.