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Department of Public Services to plant trees in Roseville

Residents can buy them for rights of way, yards

By: Bria Brown | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published May 9, 2018

ROSEVILLE — The Department of Public Services will be planting trees this spring in the area between the curb and sidewalk at residents’ homes. Those interested in buying trees for the Spring Tree Planting Program should contact the DPS by May 16. 

According to the city, the planted trees will be 6 to 8 feet tall and will have an approximately 1 1/2- to 2-inch trunk. Residents will purchase the trees at wholesale prices ranging from $95 to $210, and the trees do not come with warranties. 

Roseville City Manager Scott Adkins said planting trees in the city is important.

“Environmentally, it is the right thing to do. We know the trees have so many benefits for our community. We have very sparse tree canopy here; it also adds value to the neighborhood and our homes,” said Adkins. “It makes the city look better and puts a new perspective to the residential areas.” 

The city also is receiving 78 trees from a grant, according to DPS Director Jeffrey Schmidt. Those will be used to improve the community but will not be for sale to the public. 

“We’re concentrating on planting them in areas in need of tree canopy, such as schools, churches, industrial or commercial areas, so that once the trees mature, we can create a cover area. A lot of these areas with the schools and their ball fields, they just don’t have a lot,” he said. 

Schmidt said that the city doesn’t make any money off the trees that residents may purchase. 

“We also have started allowing residents to buy trees to plant on their private property. We give it to them at wholesale cost and we deliver it to them, and it’s up to them to have them planted, because it is private property. The city plants trees on the right of way. We don’t send employees on private property,” said Schmidt.  

Residents interested in buying trees  can choose between small, medium and large trees. 

According to information from the city, small trees have limited growing areas and are good for under utility wires; they need a right of way space of less than 5 feet. Medium trees are not good for overhead wires and will require a right of way space of at least 6 feet from the curb to the sidewalk. Large trees are not good for overhead wires and will need a right of way space of at least 8 feet. 

This spring’s small trees consist of the Cleveland pear, Autumn Brilliance serviceberry, Japanese lilac ivory silk, and eastern redbud. 

The Cleveland pear is the official city tree and costs $200. It has green leaves that turn from a gold-red to plum in the fall. It is resistant to fire blight, thornless and much less susceptible to wind breakage, the city stated.

With petite blue-green leaves that turn to a reddish-orange in the fall, the Autumn Brilliance serviceberry tree has an upright growth with flowers in the spring that start out pale pink, change to white, and in the fall, become purplish-black, the city said. The cost of this tree is $210. 

The oval to rounded crown and creamy white flowers that adapt well to difficult or urban sites are characteristics of the Japanese lilac ivory silk tree, the city said. The tree costs $125 and has medium to dark green leaves that are slightly fuzzy beneath, and they turn to a pale greenish-brown in the fall. 

The eastern redbud costs $95 and has somewhat heart-shaped leaves, the city said. The leaves have a reddish color that turns to dark green once summer approaches and then turns yellow in the fall. 

Crimson King Norway maple, hybrid American elm, Regal Petticoat sycamore maple and blackgum (Nyssa sylvatica) are offered for medium trees and all cost $200. 

The Crimson King Norway maple tree is oval-shaped and is a slow to moderate grower that is nearly seedless. The tree also has leaves that are purplish-red from spring to fall, and then turn brown. 

Having a moderately vase-shaped crown, the hybrid American elm is adaptable and makes a great street tree, the city said. There are inconspicuous flowers, and the bark is ash-gray with large green leaves. 

Growing at a medium rate, the Regal Petticoat sycamore maple tree has no negative characteristics and is apparently seedless, the city stated. It has mature leaves that are dark, glossy green with burgundy-purple undersides. Its fall leaves are yellow with pink-salmon undersides. 

The blackgum tree has dark green leaves that turn bright red to purple in the fall. The slow-growing tree has a cylindrical shape with fleshy drupe fruit from flower clusters. It is also shade tolerant. 

All of the large trees — Armstrong red maple, scarlet oak, Red Sunset maple and the Autumn Blaze maple — cost $200. 

In the summer, the Armstrong red maple’s leaves turn green, and in the fall, they’re red, orange or yellow. It is fast-growing and tolerates heat and drought, the city stated. In the spring, the tree blooms red flowers and has seeds that are popular with squirrels and birds, the city stated. 

The scarlet oak tree has male and female flowers. The male flowers are dangling catkins, while the female flowers are smaller and are held close to the stem. This tree has a moderate growth rate and is attractive to wildlife with its acorns. 

In the spring and summer, the Red Sunset maple has dark green leaves that turn to an orange-red in the fall. The tree’s bark is silvery green, and it has an upright growth pattern that makes an “excellent shade tree,” according to the city. 

The nearly seedless Autumn Blaze maple tree is a very fast grower and is a cross between a red and sugar maple tree. It has medium, green, five-lobed leaves that turn orange-red in the fall. 

For more information about the program or to buy trees, contact DPS at (586) 445-5470 or visit the DPS building located at 29411 Calahan Road.