Tree Planting Program
West Chester Borough has an aggressive tree planting program, planting two trees for every one tree removed. From 1989 to the present, the Borough has planted over 4,063 through our tree program.
Please call the PA-1-CALL for utilities at 1-800-242-1776 if you are cutting a tree-well in a concrete sidewalk or for stump grinding.
Please water your tree the day that it is planted and then once per week in dry spells during the first summer and autumn. A good soaking with a garden hose for one to two hours will supply enough moisture to the roots, which extend about 18 inches into the soil. The hose should be moved to several positions to distribute water uniformly to all roots, thus preventing leaf wilt. It takes 3 years for a tree to become established. Homeowners are responsible for watering the tree once a week and more frequently during dry spells.
Tree orders for the spring planting season should be placed no later than March 1st and orders for the fall planting season no later than by October 1st. The Borough's Tree Planting Program will pay to plant your street tree and the homeowner is responsible for cost of the tree. The earlier you place your order, the sooner the borough can plant your tree and the better selections you will have from the nursery.
If you have a concrete sidewalk and want a tree planted, it is your responsibility to have the sidewalk cut for the tree. All stumps are to be ground out to a depth of 3 - 4 feet. The ideal tree pit is 3x4 or 4x4. The borough is not responsible for any trees that are vandalized or have died.
Suitable Street Planting Trees
The following are a list of trees that are best for street planting. If you want to order a tree and it is not on our list, call Public Works to see if it should qualify as a street tree.
Types of Trees
- Acer griseum-Paperbark Maple (front lawn)
- Amelanchier x grandiflora - 'Autumn Brilliance'
- Carpinus betulus 'Fastigiata' - European Hornbeam
- Carpinus caroliniana - American Hornbeam
- Cercidiphyllum japonica - Katsura Tree (front lawn)
- Cercis canadensis - Redbud Tree (front lawn)
- Cornus kousa - Dogwood Tree (front lawn)
- Ginkgo biloba - Maidenhair Tree
- Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis - Thornless Honey Locust
- Halesia tetraptera - Carolina Silverbell (front lawn)
- Ilex pedunculosa - Longstalk Holly (front lawn)
- Magnolia Species (front lawn)
- Nyssa sylvatica - Black Gum
- Ostrya virginiana - Ironwood (front lawn)
- Oxydendrum arboreum - Sourwood Tree (front lawn)
- Platanus x acerifolia - 'Bloodgood'
- Prunus-Cherry Species
- Quercus-Oak Species
- Stewartia pseudocamellia (front lawn)
- Syringa reticulata- Japanese Tree Lilac
- Tilia-Linden Species
- Ulmus x accolade-Accolade Elm
- Zelkova serrata-Japanese Zelkova
To apply for a tree, please fill out an online Tree Planting Application.
Tree Removal, Planting, Pruning, Etc.
Tree removal shall include removal of the stump, roots, and wood residue to a point at least ten inches (10") below sidewalk grade to allow for proper sidewalk and curb restoration, in accordance with Chapter 95 of the Borough Ordinance.
When replanting a tree, grind the stump 2-3 ft. deep for the new tree.
When pruning or removal of any street tree is taking place in the Borough, one must comply with the requirements of the Borough of West Chester and standards set forth in PennDot Publication 213, Work Zone Traffic Control.
Whenever streets are to be closed off to the public service, the contractor shall notify the police dispatcher, 610-696-2700, of the location and length of time the street will be closed.
The contractor shall notify the PA One Call system. When planting a tree, it's the law. DIAL BEFORE YOU DIG 1-800-242-1776.
To apply for a permit to remove, plant, or prune a tree please fill out the Tree Permit Application
If you have any questions, please contact Denise Dunn-Kesterson, Urban Forester at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-696-5282.
Thank You for helping to keep West Chester Borough green!