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Tree Planting

Since 2005, the city has planted nearly 9,000 trees along streets and in parks to replace both ash trees lost to the emerald ash borer and street trees that died or were removed for other reasons.  While the city continues its replanting efforts, we understand that residents may want a street tree before the city arrives in their neighborhood to replant.  If that’s you, we encourage you to take advantage of the city’s do-it-yourself, Resident Sponsored Tree Planting program (see details below). 


Tree Planting Plan

The FY 2015 Tree Planting Plan is being finalized and will be available in August.  Areas included in the FY 2015 plan will be planted in fall 2014 and spring 2015. 

Resident Sponsored Tree Planting Program

Do it yourself. Hire a pre-qualified nursery to plant a street tree in the right-of-way in front of your home and receive a letter of charitable donation, up to $1,000 to use with your Federal Income Tax return. Click here for the 2014 Resident Sponsored Tree Planting Program Summary (7-page PDF).  Program benefits:
  • Individuals are able to plant a street tree on their own timetable (spring and fall are traditional tree planting seasons) and recover a portion of their costs through a charitable donation.
  • Residents can choose the type of street tree to be planted from the City's Approved Street Tree List. 
  • The process assures that the tree will have a high survival rate and not pose future damage to the city’s infrastructure.
Tree Planting Resources 

2014 Resident Sponsored Street Tree Planting Program Summary lists program steps, approved street trees, and nurseries that are pre-authorized to work in the street extension in 2014 (pdf). 

Approved Street Tree List by Size- updated July 2010 (pdf)

Approved Street Tree List with Site Characteristics Suitability (pdf)

Forestry Permit (pdf)

Forestry Permit with Contractor Insurance Requirements (pdf)

Tree Planting Detail (pdf)​

Tree Species Information 

*Please Note: Species NOT approved by the City of Ann Arbor may appear on these websites.  The City of Ann Arbor’s Approved Street Tree List supersedes other agencies/organizations recommendations.

Jesse Saylor’s Plant Encyclopedia (Michigan State University) 

Michigan State University Extension Recommended Alternatives to Ash Trees for Michigan's Lower Peninsula (pdf) 

University of Illinois Extension Selecting "Trees for your Home" searchable database 

Ohio Department of Natural Resources Tree Index 

United States Department of Agriculture Plants Database 

University of Florida Tree Fact Sheets 



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