Parkway Tree Program

Residents are welcome to plant trees in the parkway or yard in front of their home either on their own, via private contractor, or through the City's 50/50 Parkway Tree Program. Parkway trees are not required by the City and any planting by a private contractor or homeowner will not be reimbursed. Any tree in the parkway must be on the Approved Parkway Tree list. Please be advised that not all trees that are approved for planting in the parkway are available through the 50/50 Program. The list of trees offered through the program depends on annual availability by the City's selected nursery.

Unaccepted Developments
The Parkway Tree Program is open to residents in all residential developments in the City. If you are in an unaccepted development (meaning that all improvements are not complete and several items the developer must fix) please note that it is still the developer's responsibility to replace your tree.

Current unaccepted developments include:

  • Grande Reserve

Put a Tree on the Replacement List
Unaccepted developments must call the developer to have a dead, dying, or damaged parkway tree put on the punch-list for the developer to replace. If you would still like to participate in the program and replace your parkway tree, please note that the City will not be able to give reimbursement from the developer to the resident at a later date.

Accepted developments may submit a request for their dead, dying, or damaged parkway tree to be removed here.

Parkway Tree Replacement Program
The Parkway Tree Replacement Program is changing for the 2022 season. We will open to receive applications beginning in the fall (September/October) of 2022 and will accept applications through March of 2023 - check back for exact dates . Planting will now take place for all trees in the spring, following the close of the open application time period. 

Through the Parkway Tree Replacement Program, the United City of Yorkville shares the cost of planting trees with homeowners. Residents may choose the tree they want from the approved list and send in an application accompanied by a check for the total cost listed on the order form. The City does the rest. This program will continue on an annual basis as approved by City Council, and planting will occur in the spring of each year, following the close of the application acceptance period in March.

For pricing, pictures, and descriptions of past year's tree options, download the 2021 Parkway Tree Choices (PDF).

The Parkway Tree Program is intended to provide quality shade trees to residents within the City to be planted within the rights-of-way along the streets and corridors throughout the City. The trees are intended to provide:

  • Aesthetics
  • Increased property values
  • Pollution control
  • Reduced stress
  • Reduction of water runoff
  • Screening
  • Sense of well being within the community
  • Shade
  • Soil erosion control
  • Wildlife

Who Can Participate
This program is open to all residents within City limits. If you are in a development that has not yet been accepted by the City, the developer may still be responsible for your parkway tree replacement. Please contact the developer directly.

Tree Requirements
All trees purchased through the program are required to be planted within the area of the right-of-way in front of or on the sides of the purchaser's property. The right-of-way area available for planting the trees varies depending on the platting of the property and the width of the right-of-way. Generally it is 8 to 10 feet from the edge of the curb to the edge of the right-of-way. 

Trees must:

  • Be located a minimum distance of 50 feet from any other tree in the parkway
  • Be at least 20 feet from an overhead light or fire hydrant
  • Be 30 feet from any intersection
  • Not conflict with existing utilities

Tree Size
Each tree will be a minimum of 2.5 inches in diameter.

Locating & Planting Trees
The City will work with the homeowner to locate the tree. All trees will be purchased for a spring planting. The tree will be planted, mulched, and watered (once) by the City. After the initial watering, care is the responsibility of purchaser. No guarantee of viability will be provided.

More Information
If you have any questions, please contact Eric Dhuse in the Public Works Department at 630-553-4370 or via email.