Tree Planting Program

Tree Planting Program-websiteThe deadline has passed for the Edwardsville Environmental Commission's 2023 City Tree Planting Program. Thank you to everyone who applied! Applications typically are open starting in September. Watch for announcements for future opportunities online!

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.)

PROGRAM GUIDELINES

Step 1)  Submit the online application or a printed version to: 

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. (THIS YEAR'S DEADLINE HAS PASSED.) 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
Apple (ornamental)
Elm (disease resistant)
London Plane Tree
Dawn redwood
Arborvitae
Fir
Magnolia
Sassafras
Basswood
Ginko (male)
Maple (NOT Norway, Japanese or Silver)
Serviceberry
Beech
Hackberry
Oak (NOT sawtooth or pin oak)
American Smoke Tree
Black gum
European/American Hornbeam
Pawpaw
Sourwood
Buckeye
American Hophornbeam
Pine
Spruce
Catalpa
Kentucky Coffeetree
Pond/Bald Cypress
Tulip
Carolina Silverbell
Larch
Redbud
Tupelo
Cherry (ornamental)
Linden
Red Cedar
White Fringetree

 

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.

Ways to Apply

Online Application (Link is only active between September and the end of November.)

Printable Application (Link is only active between September and the end of November.)