Parkway Tree Program

The City of Batavia offers its residents the opportunity to purchase a parkway tree as part of its commitment to reforestation in Batavia. The program is funded by the general fund and the Electric Utility. The available species are locally grown, quality trees that do well in City parkways. We offer a variety of species each year to provide a diversified parkway tree population for our community.

The 2024 50/50 Parkway Tree Program Request Form may be submitted online or a paper form can be requested.   

  • Due to the popularity of the program, trees are limited to one per address. If requests exceed our allocation for a particular species, you may be notified that we are unable supply a tree for you.
  • The City of Batavia reserves the right to adjust the location of the tree if it will interfere with underground utilities. Minimum spacing is generally 40’ between trees and 10’ from driveways, manholes, and hydrants. Only lower-growth trees can be planted beneath overhead wires. Taller trees are limited to parkways without overhead wires.
  • Resident pays one-half of the tree cost. Invoices will be sent after planting occurs.
  • Spring species are planted sometime in April/May depending upon weather conditions. The small container trees (3/4" - 1-1/4" diameter) are usually planted a few weeks after we receive your request, weather permitting.  Care instructions will be sent when tree is planted, and resident is responsible for watering after planting.  The City will have the tree on a regular pruning cycle once it is established.  
  • Balled and burlapped trees are approximately 2.0" in diameter and 6’-12’ high at time of planting, depending on species.  The small container trees are 3/4" - 1-1/4" diameter. The top of the tree’s root ball is planted about 3" above existing grade.   
  • Resident cost includes tree, planting, and mulch. 
  • Trees are guaranteed for the first growing season, subject to inspection by a tree expert of the City’s choice.
  • Eligible residents will receive a confirmation by e-mail or regular mail after the request period has closed (if applicable), indicating the species they will receive. The confirmation should be acknowledged and returned by the deadline date in the instructions. At time of confirmation, residents will also be asked to place a stake in the parkway in the desired planting location. A City of Batavia representative will field check the location and mark the adjacent curb with paint; the stake can be removed once the curb is marked. If we find the tree will interfere with overhead/ underground utilities or it is too close to the driveway or other trees, you will be notified that we are unable to fulfill your request.

2024 Spring/Summer Tree Species Selection List (click on species to view fact sheet and photos).    

Species

Shingle Oak Quercus Imbricaria
This is a large-growth tree.
 Requests due by: Friday, March 22, 2024
 Size: Approximately 2-inch diameter
 Height at maturity (approximate): 50 feet
 Spread at maturity (approximate): 40 feet
 Growth: medium Shape: broadly oval
 Foliage: green, glossy Fall color: yellow-brown
 Resident share of tree cost: $200

American Hornbeam Carpinus Caroliniana
This is a lower growth tree suitable for areas under wires.
 Requests due by: Friday, March 22, 2024
 Size: Approximately 2-inch diameter
 Height at maturity (approximate): 25 feet
 Spread at maturity (approximate): 20 feet 
 Growth: slow to medium Shape: oval
 Foliage: green Fall color: orange-red
 Resident share of tree cost: $190

Jefferson Elm Ulmus Americana 'Jefferson'
This is a large growth tree.
 Requests due by: Friday, March 22, 2024
 Size: Approximately 2-inch diameter
 Height at maturity (approximate): 70 feet
 Spread at maturity (approximate): 50 feet
 Shape: Vase shaped, arching
 Foliage: dark green Fall color: yellow
 Resident share of tree cost: $184

American Hophornbeam Ostrya Virginiana
This is a medium-growth tree suitable for areas under wires.
 Requests due by:  Friday, March 22, 2024
 Size: Approximately 2-inch diameter
 Height at maturity (approximate):  30 feet
 Spread at maturity (approximate): 20 feet
 Shape: upright oval
 Foliage: dark green Fall color: Yellow
 Resident share of tree cost: $190

Pyramidal European Hornbeam Carpinus Betulus 'Fastigiata'
This is a lower-growth tree suitable for areas under wires.
 
Requests due by:  Friday, March 22, 2024
Size: Approximately 2-inch diameter
Height at maturity (approximate): 35 feet
Spread at maturity (approximate): 25 feet
Shape: narrow, oval
Foliage: dark green Fall color: yellow
Resident share of tree cost: $190

Moraine Sweetgum Liquidambar Styraciflua 'Moraine'
This is a large-growth tree.
Requests due by: requests for this species are now closed
Size: Approximately 2-inch diameter 
Height at maturity (approximate): 50 feet
Spread at maturity (approximate): 25 feet
Shape: broad oval 
Foliage: dark green, glossy Fall color:  orange, red, purple
Fruit: 1-inch spiked capsule
Resident share of tree cost: $200