Parkway Tree Program

Share the Cost Tree Replacement Program

Each year, the Flossmoor Public Works Department identifies space in the Parkway adjacent to homes where there is room to plant trees. Postcards are sent to those residents inviting them to "Share the Cost" of a Tree. Flossmoor’s Shared Cost Parkway Tree Program is a 50/50 cost-sharing program that gives residents the opportunity to purchase a tree for their parkway at half of the cost, with the Village paying for the other half. This is a wonderful way to add beauty and enhance the property values of our community. All species available are conducive to parkway planting and soil conditions in our area. A list with descriptions, to assist in selecting trees for your parkway, is listed below. The trees are professionally planted by a local nursery. The trunks of most species will be at least two-inches in diameter, and all trees carry a one-year guarantee. If you did not receive a postcard but believe you have space in the parkway adjacent to your home and you would like to be considered for the next planting opportunity, please contact Public Works at 708-957-4100.

Download the Spring 2020 Share-the-cost tree application (PDF)

Spring 2020 tree planting list and descriptions (PDF)

Type of Trees

  • Yellow Buckeye
  • Canada Serviceberry
  • Blue Beech
  • Northern Catalpa
  • Hackberry
  • Yellowwood
  • Espresso Kentucky Coffee Tree
  • Sweet Gum
  • Black Tupelo
  • Swamp White Oak
  • Shingle Oak
  • Chinquapin Oak
  • Bald Cypress

The cost per tree is $120.00. Checks should be made payable to the Village of Flossmoor. The deadline for ordering is March 19, 2020. Contact the VIllage of Flossmoor Public Works Department with questions.

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    Public Works Facility
    1700 Central Park Avenue
    Flossmoor, IL 60422

    Hours of Operation

    Monday through Friday
    7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    Phone: 708-957-4100
    Fax: 708-798-0299

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  1. Spring 2020 - Planting List
  2. Fall Planting List
Tree Name Botanical Name Description
Yellow Buckeye Aesculus flava Height: 60 to 80 feet, Spread: 25 to 35 feet, Form: Oval, upright. Tolerant of a wide range of soils. Prefers moist, well-drained soils in full to part sun. Attractive display of yellow flower clusters in May. Fall color is yellow to orange. Native to a few counties in southern Illinois, often found along rivers and streams. (Read more about Yellow Buckeye)
Canada Serviceberry Amelanchier canadesi Height: 15 to 20 feet, Spread: 10 to 15 feet, Form: Upright. Prefers wet soils and tolerates occasional flooding. Excellent small tree for sites with restricted space. White flowers bloom in early spring. Fall color is orange and red. (Red more about Canada Serviceberry)
Blue Beech Carpinus caroliniana

Height: 20 to 30 feet, Spread: 20 to 30 feet, Form: compact and globular. Prefers moist, well-drained and wet soil. Moderately tolerant of drought conditions. Grows well in full sun to full shade. This native small tree is slow growing. The smooth, gray trunk forms a distinctive muscle appearance with age. Excellent yellow, orange and red fall color. (Read more about Blue Beech)

Northern Catalpa Catalpa speciosa Height: 40 to 70 feet, Spread: 20 to 50 feet, Form: Rounded to narrow oval crown. Tolerant of a wide range of soils. Prefers moist, fertile soils in full-sun to part-shade. Snowy white flowers in the spring. Large, long leaves turn yellow to brown in the fall. (Read more about Northern Catalpa)
Hackberry Celtis occidentalis

Height: 40 to 60 feet, Spread: 40 to 60 feet, Form: oval, round, vase-shaped. Moderate to fast growth rate. Tolerant of many conditions and soil types. Bark develops attractive corky warts and ridges as the tree ages. Birds are attracted to the small fleshy berries, which ripen in late summer. Fall color is yellow. (Read more about Hackberry)

Yellowwood Cladrastis kentukea

Height: 30 to 50 feet, Spread: 40 to 55 feet, Form: Round, medium-sized tree. Prefers moist, well-drained soils. Adaptable to many planting sites. Fragrant, white flower clusters in the spring. Flowers bloom heavily every other year. Fall color is yellow. This tree is a rare native species to Illinois, found in only a few southern counties. (Read more about Yellowwood)

Espresso Kentucky Coffeetree Gymnocladus dioicus 'Espresso' Height: 60 to 80 feet, Spread: 40 to 55 feet, Form: Attractive vertical ascending branches, bold winter outline with stout branches and furrowed bark. Prefers moist, well-dried soils. This tree is very adaptable and can tolerate poor soils and drought. Almost tropical appearance in summer. Excellent yellow fall color. (Read more about Kentucky Coffee Tree)
Sweet Gum Liquidamber styraciflua Height: 60 to 80 feet, Spread: 40 to 60 feet, Form: upright growth habit with straight trunk. Prefers moist, fertile soils but is very adaptable. Star-shaped leaves turn shades of yellow, orange, purple and red in the fall. The fruit are 1 1/2 inches in diameter and remain on the tree for much of the winter. (Read more about Sweet Gum)
Black Tupelo Nyssa sylvatica Height: 30 to 50 feet, Spread: 20 to 30 feet, Form: oval, upright. Prefers well-drained soils in full sun. Moderately tolerant of drought and poor drainage. Parkway locations high in organic matter is a requirement for tree health. This slow growing, native Illinois tree has excellent red fall color. (Read more about Black Tupelo)
Swamp White Oak Quercus bicolor Height: 50 to 60 feet Spread: 50 to 60 feet, Form: broad, round. Grows well in well-drained to wet soils. This oak is found throughout Illinois in lowland forests. Excellent shade tree and very adaptable to the urban environment. Provides orange/gold fall color. (Read more about Swamp White Oak)
Shingle Oak Quercus imbricaria Height: 40 to 60 feet, Spread: 40 to 60 feet, Form: oval, pyramidal. Full sun to shade. Prefers moist, well-draied soil. Tolerant of many conditions and soil types. Leaves are unlobed, unlike other native oaks. Fall color is yellow-brown. This oak holds leaves throughout the winter. (Read more about Shingle Oak)
Chinquapin Oak Quercus muehlenbergii Height: 50 to 80 feet Spread: 50 to 60 feet, Form: pyramidal, round. Excellent parkway tree due to high drought tolerance. Prefers well-drained soils. Found in well-drained highland forest of Illinois. Leaves are coarsely toothed, unlike other oaks. Fall color is yellow to orange-brown. (Read more about Chinquapin Oak)
Bald Cypress Taxodium distichum Height: 50 to 70 feet, Spread: 20 to 45 feet, Form: Pyramidal cone-bearing tree. Tolerates a wide range of soils and conditions. Excellent choice for wet areas, but adaptable to drier upland areas. Native to Southern Illinois & Southern United States swamps. Feather-like leaves turn orange in the fall. (Read more about Bald Cypress