Parkway Tree Replacement Program

Please Note

This program is for people living in Geneva’s corporate City limits. Mill Creek is located in unincorporated Kane County. For more information about Mill Creek services, visit Kane County's website. 

Program Summary

The City has an ongoing parkway tree replacement program. Parkway trees are defined as trees within City right-of-way, usually located between the sidewalk/property-line and curb.

The City, through a contract with the West Suburban Tree Consortium, is able to purchase trees at discount prices. Under the program, the resident pays $150 and the City pays the remainder of the cost to purchase and plant a new tree. The City’s cost is more than $150.

Tree Planting

The nursery needs a few months of lead time to prepare for the order. Below are important dates to remember:

 Spring Planting Dates

 Completed Forms Due At Public Works
 First Friday in January
 Tree Will Be Planted
 April or May, weather permitting

Approved Tree Species

The City has worked with the nursery to choose appropriate trees for our parkways. As we have learned with the Emerald Ash Borer infestation of ash trees, it is very important to diversify our tree species.

Tree species and location within the parkway will be evaluated by City staff on a case-by-case basis. There is a limit to the number and species of trees that can be planted each year, so all requests for replacement trees will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Below is a listing of approved parkway trees with species information links. Availability may vary. Trees will be between 2 and 2.5 inches.

European Hornbeam
Hybrid Elm
Littleleaf Linden
Ivory Silk Japanese Tree Lilac
Skyline Honeylocust
Kentucky Coffeetree
Swamp White Oak Chinkapin Oak

* If you are replacing a tree recently removed, the new tree will need to be placed approximately 5 feet from the previously removed tree.


If the tree is not looking healthy at any time during the first 60 days after planting, please call the City’s Public Works Department for an inspection.

Tree Maintenance

It is very important to properly maintain the newly planted tree. A door hanger will be provided to residents after the tree has been planted.

Forms & Payment

If you would like to participate in the Parkway Tree Replacement Program, please fill out an application form and make a payment in our secure online portal.

Planting Parkway Trees Outside of this Program

Residents also may plant a parkway tree at their own cost. A right-of-way permit is required prior to installation, and City staff must review the species, size and location. Please contact Geneva Public Works for information by calling 630-232-1502.