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Trees in Public Right-of-Way:

Routine Tree Maintenance                                         

Under the direction of the Tree Commission, the City annually hires a professional tree trimming company to trim trees located in the public right-of-way.

The City is divided into quadrants with trimming completed in each quadrant every four years. Each year additional trimming is completed on trees located outside of the specified quadrant that have been determined to pose a risk to public safety.

If you are aware of a tree that needs to be trimmed due to safety concerns, please contact City Hall so that it can be trimmed. 

Tree Planting                            

Although residents are encouraged to plant trees within the tree lawn in front of their home, remember that a tree-planting permit must first be granted by the City. Applications for planting trees within the right-of-way are available at City Hall and online!  Tree Planting Request Form

The purpose of the permitting process is to make sure that the type of tree that is planted is not prohibited in the City and that the tree is planted in a location that does not interfere with site distance and visibility or public utilities.

The City of DeWitt maintains a recommended tree species list that identifies trees that can be planted in the street right-of-way and on other City properties as follows: 

  • American Beech
  • London Plane
  • Bradford Pear
  • Scarlet, Red or English Oaks
  • Sycamore
  • Flowering Crab
  • Thornless Honey Locust
  • Linden

Tree Removal                            

Trees in the public-right-of-way are generally removed by the City, due to the condition of the tree. Periodically, a resident will desire that a tree in front of their home be removed.

It is against the City Code for a resident to remove a tree without City permission.

Applications for a permit to remove a public tree are available at City Hall or online and must be approved by the Tree Commission before a tree may be removed by the resident.                                                          
Tree Removal Request Form

Prohibited Species

The City maintains a prohibited tree species list that identifies trees that cannot be planted in the street right-of-way and on other City properties:

  • Alder
  • Elm, Siberia
  • Ash (Fraxinus)
  • Maple, silver
  • Birch, paper
  • Mulberry
  • Black Locust
  • Poplars
  • Boxelder
  • Tree of Heaven
  • Buckthorn
  • Willow, weeping
  • Willow, all other species
  • Catalpa
  • Cottonwood