Under the botanical name Ostrya virginiana, Hop-hornbeam Ironwood is a local native to the Chicagoland area. Some facts about the species:
• Height: 25 to 40 feet
• Uses: Shade, ideal for parkway/streetscapes as this species is tolerant of road salt, dry and/or alkaline soils
• Leaf: Alternate, simple deciduous leaves, 2 to 5 inches long, 1 to 3 inches wide, medium to dark green in color with doubly serrate leaf margins and a pointed leaf tip Read more »
The Public Services arbor team is busy preparing to plant more than 600 new parkway trees and replacement trees in the City right-of-way areas. Spring planting will begin, weather permitting, in early April. Please note: Read more »
Proper tree selection and placement enhances property value, prevents costly maintenance trimming and lowers the risk of damage to your home and property, according to the International Society of Arboriculture.
Plan for Proper Planting Read more »
The City again is offering trees for planting in the parkways through its “50/50 Parkway Tree Planting Program.” Please contact the Public Works department to request a review of your parkway if you are interested in participating. All requests must have an approved parkway review before an order will be placed. Please do not send payment at this time. Once approved, residents will receive a confirmation letter, approved order form, and details on how to order a parkway tree. Read more »
757 parkway trees were planted
by the City this fall.
Wood Mulch is a good source of nutrients and protection for your tree. Once a year the mulch should be turned and new mulch added as needed. Mulch should be applied from the drip line toward the trunk. If this is not practical, minimum mulch circles should be 1.1 feet for small trees, 3.3 feet for medium trees and 9.9 feet for large trees. As beneficial as mulch is, too much can be harmful. The recommended mulching depth is 2 to 4 inches. Mulch should not be piled up around the base or against the trunk of trees. This is called a "mulch volcanoe". Read more »