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 Fall 2019 Share-the-cost tree application (DOC)

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Tree Name Botanical Name Description

Canada Serviceberry

Amelanchier canadensis

Height: 15 to 25 feet, Spread: 10 to 15 feet, Form: upright. Prefers wet soil . Grows well in part-shade to full-sun with adequate soil moisture. This small tree is an excellent choice for restricted locations. White flowers bloom in early spring. Fall color is red, yellow and orange. (Read 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)

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)

Tulip-tree Liriodendron tulipifera Height: 60 to 90 feet, Spread: 30 to 50 feet, Form: upright and cone-shaped growth habit. Prefers moist, well-drained, organically rich soil in full sun. Can tolerate part-shade. Flowers have a tulip-like appearance. Fall color is yellow. (Read more about Tulip Tree)
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)
White Oak Quercus alba Height: 50 to 80 feet Spread: 100 feet, Form: broad, round. Prefers moist, well-drained soils. Does 
not tolerate wet conditions. Wide spreading branches with red fall color. The white oak is the state tree of Illinois. (Read more about White Oak)
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)
Hill's Oak Quercus ellipsoidalis Height: 40 to 75 feet Spread: 40 to 75 feet, Form: oval. The Hill’s Oak is smaller compared to other oak trees when fully grown. Prefers well-drained soils in full sun. Can tolerate dry soils. Excellent scarlet-red fall color. Hills Oak is part of the red oak group and found in the highland forest of Northern Illinois. (Read more about Hill's 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)
Bur Oak Quercus macrocarpa Height: 70 to 80 feet Spread: 70 to 80 feet, Form: round. Adaptable too many soil types & locations. This oak can be found on moist lowland forests to dry highland forests. Prefers full sun and makes an excellent shade tree for large locations. (Read more about Bur 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