Forestry Division

Public Trees


All trees in the right of way (between the sidewalk and curb) are public trees and are maintained by the Forestry Division of the D.P.W. Removals and trimming are done by the city or by a contractor hired by the city. Trimming involves elevating clearance and removal of dead and/or rubbing branches. If you believe you have a diseased, dead, or dying tree in the right of way, please call the Forestry Division at 586-445-5363. For tree issues that are on private property, please contact the Code Enforcement Department at 586-447-3409.

Purchasing a Tree in the Right of Way

If you are planning on planting a tree in the right-of-way, please view our list of approved species of trees that are hearty and are not known to cause raised sidewalks or root problems. You may purchase a tree at the Cashier’s Department inside City Hall, 27600 Jefferson. The cost of each tree is $225.00. Complete the Tree Selection Form and submit the form with your payment to the Cashier's Department. Trees purchased between March 1st and August 31st will be planted the following fall. Trees purchased between September 1st and February 28th will be planted the following spring.

When purchasing a tree, please give your first, second, and third choice. Due to the availability and/or price we can only buy certain species. Some factors that determine the species are: area between sidewalk and curb, type of soil, overhead wires, etc. The city will have the final determination of species of tree for each location.

If you have any questions concerning the purchase of trees, please call the D.P.W. Supervisor, Paul Kosiara at 586-445-5363.

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Additional Information


Free wood chips are available to residents. The wood chip pile is located in the parking lot across from the Public Works complex at 19700 Pleasant.