Parkway Tree Program

Parkway Tree Program

The village welcomes residents to participate in the village tree planting program. All trees are provided by the village at no charge. Each year, in the spring and fall, the Flossmoor Public Works, Flossmoor Green Commission, and volunteers plant the trees on village parkways. Planting trees is a great way to add beauty and enhance property values in our community. Trees also provide many environmental benefits, including cleaning the air we breathe, providing wildlife habitat, and providing shade to reduce temperatures.                  

Fill out the attached form with your preferred tree species and return to the Flossmoor Public Works Department. Tree species and location must be approved by the Village Forestry Maintenance Technician. Efforts will be made to plant your preferred tree species. Changes to species may be necessary due to nursery availability, parkway location, and to promote species diversity. Approved applications will be put on the village tree planting list and planted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Trees are planted spring and fall. For each tree approved, a wooden stake will be delivered to you with a notice of a deadline to have the stake placed. Place the stake(s) in the parkway where you prefer that the tree(s) be planted. If for any reason, the tree cannot be planted at the exact location you desire, it will be planted as close to the stake as possible. Please contact Flossmoor Public Works at 708-957-4100 with questions.    

Complete the Parkway Tree Planting Application.

Fall 2023 tree planting list and descriptions (PDF)

Type of Trees

  • Ironwood
  • Bitternut Hickory
  • Pecan
  • Northern Catalpa
  • Kentucky Coffee Tree
  • Hackberry
  • Black Cherry
  • Early Glow Ohio Buckeye
  • Oak Species
  • Thornless Cockspur Hawthorn
  • Yellowwood
  • Bald Cypress
  • Elm Tree Cultivars

Contact Us

  1. Public Works

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    Public Works Facility
    1700 Central Park Avenue
    Flossmoor, IL 60422

    Hours of Operation

    Monday through Friday
    7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    Phone: 708-957-4100
    Fax: 708-798-0299

    Staff Directory
  1. Spring 2021 - Planting List
  2. Fall 2022 - Planting List
Tree Name Botanical Name Description
Yellow Buckeye Aesculus flava Height: 60 to 80 feet, Spread: 25 to 35 feet, Form: Oval, upright. Tolerant of a wide range of soils. Prefers moist, well-drained soils in full to part sun. Attractive display of yellow flower clusters in May. Fall color is yellow to orange. Native to a few counties in southern Illinois, often found along rivers and streams. (Read more about Yellow Buckeye)
Canada Serviceberry Amelanchier canadesi Height: 15 to 20 feet, Spread: 10 to 15 feet, Form: Upright. Prefers wet soils and tolerates occasional flooding. Excellent small tree for sites with restricted space. White flowers bloom in early spring. Fall color is orange and red. (Red more about Canada Serviceberry)
Blue Beech Carpinus caroliniana

Height: 20 to 30 feet, Spread: 20 to 30 feet, Form: compact and globular. Prefers moist, well-drained and wet soil. Moderately tolerant of drought conditions. Grows well in full sun to full shade. This native small tree is slow growing. The smooth, gray trunk forms a distinctive muscle appearance with age. Excellent yellow, orange and red fall color. (Read more about Blue Beech)

Northern Catalpa Catalpa speciosa Height: 40 to 70 feet, Spread: 20 to 50 feet, Form: Rounded to narrow oval crown. Tolerant of a wide range of soils. Prefers moist, fertile soils in full-sun to part-shade. Snowy white flowers in the spring. Large, long leaves turn yellow to brown in the fall. (Read more about Northern Catalpa)
Hackberry Celtis occidentalis

Height: 40 to 60 feet, Spread: 40 to 60 feet, Form: oval, round, vase-shaped. This fast-growing tree is adaptable to many soil types and conditions. The tree develops. The tree develops attractive corky ridges in the bark as the tree ages.  Tolerant of many conditions and soil types. Fall color is yellow. (Read more about Hackberry)

Yellowwood Cladrastis kentukea

Height: 30 to 50 feet, Spread: 40 to 55 feet, Form: Round, medium-sized tree. Prefers moist, well-drained soils. Adaptable to many planting sites. Fragrant, white flower clusters in the spring. Flowers bloom heavily every other year. Fall color is yellow. This tree is a rare native species to Illinois, found in only a few southern counties. (Read more about Yellowwood)

Espresso Kentucky Coffeetree Gymnocladus dioicus 'Espresso' Height: 60 to 80 feet, Spread: 40 to 55 feet, Form: Attractive vertical ascending branches, bold winter outline with stout branches and furrowed bark. Prefers moist, well-dried soils. This tree is very adaptable and can tolerate poor soils and drought. Almost tropical appearance in summer. Excellent yellow fall color. (Read more about Kentucky Coffee Tree)
Sweet Gum Liquidamber styraciflua Height: 60 to 80 feet, Spread: 40 to 60 feet, Form: upright growth habit with straight trunk. Prefers moist, fertile soils but is very adaptable. Star-shaped leaves turn shades of yellow, orange, purple and red in the fall. The fruit are 1 1/2 inches in diameter and remain on the tree for much of the winter. (Read more about Sweet Gum)
Black Tupelo Nyssa sylvatica Height: 30 to 50 feet, Spread: 20 to 30 feet, Form: oval, upright. Prefers well-drained soils in full sun. Moderately tolerant of drought and poor drainage. Parkway locations high in organic matter is a requirement for tree health. This slow growing, native Illinois tree has excellent red fall color. (Read more about Black Tupelo)
Swamp White Oak Quercus bicolor Height: 50 to 60 feet Spread: 50 to 60 feet, Form: broad, round. Grows well in well-drained to wet soils. This oak is found throughout Illinois in lowland forests. Excellent shade tree and very adaptable to the urban environment. Provides orange/gold fall color. (Read more about Swamp White Oak)
Shingle Oak Quercus imbricaria Height: 40 to 60 feet, Spread: 40 to 60 feet, Form: oval, pyramidal. Full sun to shade. Prefers moist, well-draied soil. Tolerant of many conditions and soil types. Leaves are unlobed, unlike other native oaks. Fall color is yellow-brown. This oak holds leaves throughout the winter. (Read more about Shingle Oak)
Chinquapin Oak Quercus muehlenbergii Height: 50 to 80 feet Spread: 50 to 60 feet, Form: pyramidal, round. Excellent parkway tree due to high drought tolerance. Prefers well-drained soils. Found in well-drained highland forest of Illinois. Leaves are coarsely toothed, unlike other oaks. Fall color is yellow to orange-brown. (Read more about Chinquapin Oak)
Bald Cypress Taxodium distichum Height: 50 to 70 feet, Spread: 20 to 45 feet, Form: Pyramidal cone-bearing tree. Tolerates a wide range of soils and conditions. Excellent choice for wet areas, but adaptable to drier upland areas. Native to Southern Illinois & Southern United States swamps. Feather-like leaves turn orange in the fall. (Read more about Bald Cypress