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50/50 "Share the Cost" Parkway Tree Program

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50/50 "Share the Cost" Parkway Tree Program

The City is again offering trees for planting in the parkways through its “50/50 Parkway Tree Planting Program.” Please call the Public Works Office at 630.377.4405 to request a review of your parkway if you are interested in participating in this program.  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. 

During the spring or fall planting season, the City’s tree consultant will plant, mulch and provide a gator bag (where necessary) to assist with watering needs of the tree. The gator bag is the property of the City of St. Charles.  Each tree delivered is balled and burlapped with average size being 2.5” in diameter. Larger size trees are available at an additional cost of $100 per 1/2 inch diameter upgrade. Please discuss larger tree requests with the Public Works Office. Species vary upon availability and diversification needs in your area.  Species available at this time are listed below. Each tree is covered by a one-year warranty.  If the tree dies or looks unhealthy please call the Public Works office at 630.377.4405 or email

Kousa Dogwood $138  Good under power lines

Excellent small specimen tree.  Four petaled, white flowers that appear above the foliage in June and reddish-purple fall color.  

Alleghany Serviceberry $184  Good under power lines

Small specimen tree with four-season interest.  Early white spring flowers, outstanding orange-red fall color. 

Hybrid Elm $182 

Very tolerant tree that makes a good shade and street tree.  Green to yellowish fall color.

Bald Cypress $190

Bald Cypress loses its needles each winter and grows a new set in spring.  Hardy and tough, this tree will adapt to a wide range of soil types.

Northern Red Oak $205 SPRING ONLY

Fast growing oak, leaves emerge pinkish-red, turning lustrous dark green in summer, and changing to russet-red to bright red in autumn.

Swamp White Oak $205 SPRING ONLY

Leaves have a two tone appearance, dark green on top with a silvery-white underside.  Fall color is an orange-gold to yellow in mid-autumn.

Zelkova $209

Tolerates urban conditions well and can be used as a street tree. Has interesting bark, clean serrated coliage and good fall color.

London Planetree $209

Very tolerant tree with four-season interest.  Simple leathery leaves, that are bright green and pale underneath.  Fall color is yellow-brown.

Hardy Rubber Tree $243

Excellent shade tree with a round spreading form with dark green and glossy leaves.  There is little to no color change in fall. 

To begin the Approval Process, please either:

  1. complete the online pre-approval form below, or
  2. complete the printable pre-order form above and send the completed form to the City of St. Charles, Attn: Public Works Administration, 2 E. Main St., St. Charles, IL 60174. Pre-Order forms received as of March 1st will be considered for planting in the Spring.  Pre-Order forms received as of August 1st will be considered for planting in the Fall. 

Please contact the Public Works Office at 630.377.4405 if there are any questions.