Tree City U.S.A. Award for 25 years. This award is presented on Arbor Day,
(the last Friday in April) in Hoopes Park.
In order to qualify for this prestigious award, one must meet the following standards:
1) A tree board or Department
2) A city tree care ordinance
3) A Community Forestry Program with at least $2 per capita
4) An annual Arbor Day observation and proclamation
In addition to meeting these standards, West Chester has an aggressive Tree
Planting Program. From 1989 to 2014, the tree program planted over 3,400 Trees the last 25 years.
If you want to order a Pillagalli tree and it is not on our list call public works to see if it should
qualify as a street tree. One tree per household. We need everyone to sign up again, due to receiving fewer funds.
The earlier you place your order, the sooner The borough can plant your tree and the better
selections you will have from the nursery. There is no cost, as Pillagalli trees are free.
Tree Planting Program Requirements
Homeowners are responsible for watering the tree once a week and more frequently during dry spells. Orders for spring plantings should be placed by Mid-March and fall plantings by Mid-August. The earlier you place your order, the sooner the Borough can plant your tree and the better selections you will have from the nursery.
If you have a concrete sidewalk and want a tree planted, it is your responsibility to have the sidewalk cut for the tree.
All stumps are to be ground out to a depth of 3-4 feet. The ideal tree pit is 3x4 or 4x4. The Borough is not responsible
for any trees that are vandalized or have died.
Trees Best for
The following are a list of trees that are best for street planting.
If you want to order a tree and it is not on our list call public works to see if it should qualify as a street tree.
- Acer griseum-Paperbark Maple (front lawn)
- Amelanchier x grandiflora-'Autumn Brillance'
- Carpinus betulus 'Fastigiata'-European Hornbeam
- Carpinus caroliniana- American Hornbeam
- Cercidiphyllum japonica-Katsura Tree (front lawn)
- Cercis canadensis-Redbud Tree (front lawn)
- Cornus kousa-Dogwood Tree (front lawn)
- Ginkgo biloba-Maidenhair Tree
- Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis -Thornless Honey Locust
- Halesia tetraptera -Carolina Silverbell (front lawn)
- Ilex pedunculosa-Longstalk Holly (front lawn)
- Magnolia species (front lawn)
- Nyssa sylvatica-Black Gum
- Ostrya virginiana-American Hophornbean-Ironwood (front lawn)
- Oxydendrum arboreum-Sourwood Tree (front lawn)
- Platanus x acerifolia -'Bloodgood'
- Prunus-Cherry Species
- Quercus-Oak Species
- Stewartia pseudocamellia (front lawn)
- Syringa reticulata- Japanese Tree Lilac
- Tilia-Linden Species
- Ulmus x accolade-Accolade Elm
- Zelkova serrata-Japanese Zelkova
Please water your tree the day that it is planted, instructions are provided. It takes 3 years for a tree to become established.
Please call the PA-1-CALL for utilities at 1-800-242-1776 if you are cutting a tree-well in a concrete sidewalk or for stump grinding.
Mail application to: The Borough of West Chester, Dept.of Public Works, 205 Lacey St. W.C., Pa. 19382
|Department of Public Works
Borough of West Chester
|Phone: (610) 696-5282
|205 Lacey Street
||Fax: (610) 436-1383
|West Chester, PA 19382