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Street Tree Planting Request Application

  1. The City of East Lansing has a long-standing commitment to urban forestry and has been recognized as a Tree City USA for more than 30 years by the National Arbor Day Foundation. The Department of Public Works (DPW) annually plants, cares for and maintains trees along streets and in City parks. When funding is available, DPW crews replace trees that have been removed and continue to identify additional locations for plantings. Submittal of this application does not guarantee a tree planting this year or any future year, but is intended to identify willing parcels to aid in future tree planning efforts.

    East Lansing residents interested in having DPW crews perform a street tree planting in the public right-of-way near their property are encouraged to submit this application for review. If a property owner would like purchase a tree and perform a planting in the public right-of-way themselves, please submit a Street Tree Planting by Resident Application instead.

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  4. Street Tree Watering Instructions

    New trees should be watered at planting time and at these intervals:

    • 1-2 weeks after planting, water daily.
    • 3-12 weeks after planting, water every 2 to 3 days.
    • After 12 weeks, water weekly until roots are established.

    How much to water newly planted trees based on size of trunk? Measure the trunk diameter at 6 inches above the ground.

    • 1-inch caliper of tree trunk: 1-1.5 gallons at each irrigation. 1.5 years root establishment time.
    • 2-inch caliper: 2-3 gallons at each irrigation. 3-year root establishment time.
    • 3-inch caliper: 3-4.5 gallons at each irrigation. 4.5-year root establishment time.
  5. Street Tree Selection

    The City plants trees according to the "Right Tree, Right Place" concept. Therefore, all aspects of the tree and the planting location are considered from the ultimate height of the tree, root zone, overhead utilities, sidewalks, etc. This concept minimizes damage to sidewalks and curbs, reduces conflicts with utilities and provides the best opportunity for a tree to grow to maturity. Based on this concept, the City has developed a list of approved street trees which are suitable for planting along City streets. 

    For the purposes of this form, a parkway is defined as the area between the sidewalk and the curb. Where sidewalks are not present, it is the area between the curb/edge of road and the line where the right-of-way meets the property line.

  6. Small Trees: Under 30 feet tall at maturity. Suitable for sites where the following conditions are present:
  7. Serviceberry (Amelanchier spp.)
    Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis)
    Pagoda Dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)
    Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida)
    Kousa Dogwood (Cornus kousa)
    Corneliancherry Dogwood (Cornus mas)

  8. Hawthorn (Thornless) (Crataegus spp. var. inermis)
    Star Magnolia (Magnolia stellata)
    Saucer Magnolia (Magnolia x soulangiana)
    Crabapple (Malus spp.)
    Ornamental Cherries (Prunus spp.)

  9. Medium Trees: Between 31-45 feet tall at maturity. Suitable for sites where the following conditions are present:
  10. Red Horsechesnut (Aesculus x carnea)
    River Birch (Betula nigra)
    European Hornbeam (Carnipus betulus)
    American Hornbeam (Carnipus caroliniana)
    Yellowwood (Cladrastis kentukea)
    Turkish Filbert/Turkish Hazel (Corylus colurna)

  11. Thornless Honeylocust (Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis)
    Osage Orange (Thornless) (Maclura pomifera var. inermis)
    Black Gum/Black Tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica)
    Hop-Hornbeam/Ironwood (Ostrya virginiana)
    Sourwood (Oxydendrum arboreum)
    Persian Parrotia (Parrotia persica)

  12. Large Trees: 45 feet tall or greater at maturity. Suitable for sites where the following conditions are present:
  13. Ohio Buckeye (Aesculus glabra)
    Bitternut Hickory (Carya cordiformis)
    Pignut Hickory (Carya glabra)
    Shagbark Hickory (Carya ovata)
    Catalpa (Catalpa spp.)
    Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)
    Katsura (Cercidiphyllum japonicum)
    Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)
    Kentucky Coffeetree (Gymnocladus dioicus)
    Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua)
    Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera)
    Cucumbertree Magnolia (Magnolia acuminata)
    Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides)
    Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis)

  14. London Planetree (Platanus x acerifolia)
    White Oak (Quercus alba)
    Swamp White Oak (Quercus bicolor)
    Shingle Oak (Quercus imbricaria)
    Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa)
    Chinkapin Oak (Quercus muehlenbergii)
    Sassafras (Sassafras albidum)
    Baldcypress (Taxodium distichum)
    American Linden/Basswood (Tilia americana)
    Littleleaf Linden (Tilia cordata)
    Silver Linden (Tilia tomentosa)
    American Elm (Ulmus americana x Hybrids)
    Zelkova (Zelkova serrata)

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  16. Submittal of this application does not guarantee a planting will be performed. The City of East Lansing prioritizes replantings at locations of tree removals. Additional planting locations are selected at the discretion of the City of East Lansing Department of Public Works and Environmental Services and follow City planting standards.

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