Part of our crew posing for 2021 Arbor Day with the backdrop of an American Linden tree at Lakeside Park
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).
Part of our crew speaking with Mayor Tom Henry about the recently planted trees at Lakeside Park
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.