Why Plant Trees?
The benefits of trees are many. Trees conserve energy by providing natural air conditioning and protecting from the wind. This saves money on fuel and electricity bills.
Trees increase real estate values, and in this way they earn money for you as a property owner. Trees reduce pollution of the air and water. Also, trees provide habitat for birds and beautify the city.
In these and other ways, trees improve the quality of life for you, your family, and others in the community.
Follow these suggestions when planting in Decorah:
- If you have overhead utility wires along your side of the street, you need to pick trees from the list of "Low Trees".
- If your side of the street does not have overhead utility wires, you can pick any trees on the lists of "Low Trees" and "Shade Trees".
- Trees on the list of Prohibited Trees are considered to be potential hazards by the Tree Board and may not be planted on the boulevard or right-of-way within six feet of any street in Decorah.
- Property owners are encouraged to consider the list of Recommended Yard Trees when choosing trees to plant anywhere that is not on the right-of-way or within six feet of a street or road. This list includes trees native to northeastern Iowa.
- Trees on the lists of "Low Trees" and "Shade Trees" may also be planted in other locations on your property.
Low Trees for boulevard and right-of-way:
Amur Maple, Crabapple, Hawthorn, Hornbeam, Japenese Tree Lilac, Serviceberry, Viburnum
Shade Trees for boulevards and rights-of way without overhead utilitiy wires:
American Linden, Ash, Elm(resistant types), Ginkgo, Green Ash, Hackberry, Honey Locust, Kentucky Coffeetree, Linden, Maple Varieties, Norway Maple, Quaking Aspen, Red Oak, River Birch, Sugar Maple, Sycamore, White Ash, White Oak
May not be planted on a boulevard or right-of-way:
Boxelder, Bradford Pear, Catalpa, Cedars, Firs, Pines, Corkscrew Willow, Cottonwood(not cottonless), Cotton Poplar, European Mountian Ash, Evergreens, Hedges, Lombardy Poplar, Nut-bearing Trees, Paper Birch, Pin Oak, Siberian Elm, Silver Maple, Walnut, White Mulberry
Recommended Yard Trees
(see also Low and Shade Trees for yard use)
Apple varieties, Bur Oak, Catalpa, Cedars, Firs, Fruit-bearing trees, Mountain ash, Nut-bearing trees, Pines, Red oak, Spruces, Walnut, White oak, White Pine