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TREES

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.


    West Chester
    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 Street Planting

    The following are a list of trees that are best for street planting.

    1. Acer griseum-Paperbark Maple (front lawn)
    2. Amelanchier x grandiflora-'Autumn Brillance'
    3. Carpinus betulus 'Fastigiata'-European Hornbeam
    4. Carpinus caroliniana- American Hornbeam
    5. Cercidiphyllum japonica-Katsura Tree (front lawn)
    6. Cercis canadensis-Redbud Tree (front lawn)
    7. Cornus kousa-Dogwood Tree (front lawn)
    8. Ginkgo biloba-Maidenhair Tree
    9. Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis -Thornless Honey Locust
    10. Halesia tetraptera -Carolina Silverbell (front lawn)
    11. Ilex pedunculosa-Longstalk Holly (front lawn)
    12. Magnolia species (front lawn)
    13. Nyssa sylvatica-Black Gum
    14. Ostrya virginiana-American Hophornbean-Ironwood (front lawn)
    15. Oxydendrum arboreum-Sourwood Tree (front lawn)
    16. Platanus x acerifolia -'Bloodgood'
    17. Prunus-Cherry Species
    18. Quercus-Oak Species
    19. Stewartia pseudocamellia (front lawn)
    20. Syringa reticulata- Japanese Tree Lilac
    21. Tilia-Linden Species
    22. Ulmus x accolade-Accolade Elm
    23. Zelkova serrata-Japanese Zelkova
    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.

    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

    NAME: 

    ADDRESS: 

    ADDRESS OR LOCATION WHERE TREE IS GOING TO
    BE PLANTED (IF DIFFERENT FROM ABOVE):

    SPECIES OF TREE (1st CHOICE)

    SPECIES OF TREE (2nd CHOICE)

    NUMBER OF TREES: 

    WHAT TYPE OF SIDEWALK DO YOU HAVE?(BRICK, CONCRETE or GRASS)

    DO YOU HAVE ANY OVERHEAD POWER LINES? 

    HOME PHONE NUMBER: 

    WORK PHONE NUMBER: 

     

    CONTACT US

    Department of Public Works
    Borough of West Chester
    Phone: (610) 696-5282
    205 Lacey Street Fax: (610) 436-1383
    West Chester, PA 19382 E-mail: publicworks@west-chester.com

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