Residential Street Tree Program

The City of Kirksville is offering a new program to help residents plants trees in the right-of-way adjacent to their property. This program reduces costs for residents, beautifies Kirksville and boosts property values. 

Trees are offered at a discounted rate to residents ($100). Parks and Recreation staff will plant the tree, with it then becoming the homeowner's responsibility to take care of from there. Below, you'll find the application to fill out, as well as the suggested planting list for trees in the City. Parks and Recreation staff will assist in identifying the right tree for the right place. 

September 1, 2023, is the deadline for this first application process. Roughly 20 trees can be planted in this first run. As this program is annualized, there will be plantings in spring and fall. 

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Suggested Tree Planting List

Small/Medium trees                                                 

  • Serviceberry (Autumn Brilliance)
  • Ironwood (Osrya Virginia)
  • Red Bud
  • White Bud
  • Littleleaf Linden
  • Red Buckeye
  • June Bride Linden
  • Japanese Zelkova
  • River Birch
  • White Spire Birch
  • Disease-Resistant Flowering Crabapple 

Large trees

  • American Linden
  • Swamp White Oak
  • Northern Red Oak
  • Bur Oak
  • White Oak
  • Norway Spruce
  • Kentucky Coffee Tree
  • European Sycamore
  • Eastern White Pine
  • Hackberry
  • Ginkgo (Male Only)
  • Northern Catalpa
  • Bald Cypress
  • Eastern Red Cedar
  • Skyline Honeylocust 
  • Crimson King Maple
  • Autumn Blaze Maple
  • Tulip Poplar

Why Do This Program?

The Emerald Ash Borer wiped out many ash trees in Kirksville. To help reduce the sting for residents looking to fill a spot where they once had an ash tree, this program will provide trees at a reduced cost. Priority will be given to properties where ash trees were removed.  

What's The Benefit Of Street Trees?

Trees have an obvious aesthetic boost, but they also increase property values and provide shading and cooling benefits. 

Why Does The Type Of Tree Matter?

Right tree, right place. Not every tree grows in the same environment. One species might require a lot of sunlight, so it doesn't make sense to put it in a well-shaded area. 

Diversifying the tree population also helps stave off any future pests or infestations that will harm specific trees.