City of Upper Arlington, Ohio

Street Trees

Under the guidance of the Upper Arlington City Tree Commission, the City of Upper Arlington maintains over 15,000 trees within the public right-of-way. These trees enhance our quality of life by shading pavement, slowing traffic, increasing property values, reducing storm water runoff, and generally improving the local environment in numerous ways.

The City encourages residents to plant trees within the public right-of-way, in accordance with the guidelines outlined below. Residents can purchase street trees and have them planted through the Cost Share Street Tree Program. Click here to request a Cost Share Street Tree order form. Street trees should be chosen, planted, and maintained in such a way that they can thrive in spite of exhaust fumes, a narrow planting space, road salt, pedestrians, utilities and other challenges.

Residents must obtain a permit from the City before planting, pruning, or removing any tree in a public street right-of-way. A permit is also required to excavate within 10' of a street tree. The right-of-way includes the tree lawn between the curb and sidewalk, and on most streets extends beyond the sidewalk. Public right-of-way available for tree planting is also present on streets without sidewalks or curbs. Neighborhoods are encouraged to work together with City guidance on group planting projects.

Trees should generally be planted at least 10 feet from fire hydrants and street lights, seven feet from driveways and street signs, six feet from underground utility line valves, and 35 feet from the corner curb of street intersections. In addition, the following spacing guidelines apply:

Small species: at least 24 inches from the edge of curb or walk and 10 feet from the nearest tree
Medium species: at least 30 inches from the edge of curb or walk and 20 feet from the nearest tree
Large species: at least 30 inches from the edge of curb or walk and 30 feet from the nearest tree.

Residents are encouraged to provide routine care for street trees. New trees should be watered regularly! A deep soaking once per week (one inch of water) for at least the first two summers and falls is recommended. Keeping a two-three foot wide circle of mulch, no more than three inches deep, over the root zone is also important. Most other tree maintenance, including pruning on a six-year cycle, is provided by the City. The City will also remove dying or unsafe trees as needed and plant replacements, or repair sidewalks damaged by street tree roots.

Click here to request a tree inspection
Click here for leaf collection/yard waste information

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