It is impossible to maintain trees free of risk; some level of risk must be accepted to experience the benefits that tree provide. Fortunately, serious damage, injury, or death from tree failure is uncommon.
Any tree, whether it has visible weaknesses or not, will fail if the forces applied to it exceed the strength of the tree or it parts. Most tree failures occur during periods of adverse weather.
In the event that Fort Wayne experiences widespread tree failures, our response efforts will be prioritized.
Street trees can add interest, beauty, and value to a city's forestry landscape. There's nothing quite like driving down any city's oldest thoroughfare lined with large, historic street trees. If selected carefully, street trees will bring urban beauty for decades and maybe centuries to come.
The City of Fort Wayne has approximately 40,000 available planting sites and funding to plant about 1000 trees annually. If you would like to request that a tree be planted within the Right-of-Way in front of your home, please consider our Citizen Match Tree Planting Program. This is a cost sharing program with applications available between February and July 1st. Check back in the spring of 2021 for current information. (Note, the 2020 Application process is now complete.)
To ensure that you have the best fit for your street tree, it is important to evaluate the location you are considering and then get the best tree to fit the space. This list includes some of the best varieties of the hardiest trees for planting along our city streets. The vast majority of our trees are planted during the fall planting season (October-December).
Proper care during the establishment period of your new tree is critical to its success.
Find out more about caring for your new tree here.
Arbor Day Tree Seedling
Third grade students in Fort Wayne will receive a tree seedling each spring.
Each year, Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation partners with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Friends of the Parks, and the School Children Flower and Vegetable Association to offer every Fort Wayne third grader a tree seedling. Your new “tree” may not look like much now but it will be enjoyed by generations to come with proper consideration of where and how to plant it. This year’s tree is an American Sycamore.
Arbor Day 2019
We celebrated Arbor Day 2019 in Fort Wayne Indiana on April 26th. It was quite a celebration of the benefits of trees in our community. Learn more...
Each summer, qualified forestry arborists that are both ISA Certified and with Advanced Training in Tree Risk Assessment will drive every street and evaluate the street trees by windshield survey with the intent of identifying trees for removal. Recognizing the limitations of our resources, it is our goal to identify the trees that present the greatest risk. This survey typically results in 500-600 trees being identified for removal.
Once identified, the removal of these trees will be scheduled according to priority as determined by the inspection.
Proximity to additional trees identified for removal is also considered during scheduling.