Parkway Trees

The Village of Lombard places great pride in the trees that enhance its beauty and has several programs to promote the health and diversity of trees located on public grounds.  For over 25 years, the Village has been named a Tree City USA for its commitment to enhancing and maintaining trees located within the Village. 
The Forestry Division, which is comprised of a Supervisor and a three Forestry Technicians, is responsible for maintaining approximately 18,000 parkway trees. Although the Village's parkway tree inventory includes 90 different species, five of the top 10 commonly planted species by percentage are Maples. Village staff is continuously working towards increasing the diversity of our parkway trees.

One way of increasing the diversity is by offering a wide selection of trees during plantings. The Village does two tree plantings per year (spring & fall). Although the plantings in the last several years have focused on replacing Village owned trees removed due to damage from the Emerald Ash Borer, residents are always welcome to request a parkway tree by contacting the Public Works Department. Requests are accommodated if there is sufficient space to support a parkway tree.

The following depicts the 10 trees are most commonly found planted on Village parkways:   
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 Norway Maple 10%  Hybrid Elm 5%
 Honey Locust 9%  Freeman Maples 4%
 Silver Maple 8%  Common Hackberry 4%
 Lilac tree 6%  Red Maple 4%
 Crabapple 6%  Sugar Maple 4%
All of the Village's Forestry staff have obtained their Arborist certification. Certified Arborists are individuals who have achieved a level of knowledge in the art and science of tree care through experience and by passing a comprehensive examination developed by some of the world's leading experts on tree care. Certified Arborists must also continue their education to maintain their certification and adhere to a Code of Ethics. Therefore, they are more likely to be up to date on the latest techniques in arboriculture. 
ISA arborist certification is a nongovernmental, voluntary process by which individuals can document their base of knowledge. It operates without mandate of law and is an internal, self-regulating device administered by the International Society of Arboriculture. Certification provides a measurable assessment of an individual’s knowledge and competence required to provide proper tree care.