Replacing Your Ash Tree

Move over Maples!

When replacing a tree, many folks immediately look to maples. They can be quite hardy, self-reliant, and fastgrowing. But, here in Illinois, we are at risk of creating a maple monoculture, and that can be dangerous. If an insect or disease comes along that wipes out maples, we’ll have no trees left! So, here are recommendations for alternatives to replace your ailing ash.

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Before you decide:

  1. Take a look around your neighborhood and choose something that isn’t overly abundant. Give us a call. We’re happy to help you choose the right tree for your yard and your community.
  2. Will your tree be located on a parkway or near a driveway, sidewalk, or patio? If so, you probably don’t want one that drops fruit or nuts. Also, many municipalities have restrictions on the types of trees so contact them first before planting in the parkway.

If falling fruit and nuts are not a problem, we suggest:

  • Quercus bicolor (Swamp White Oak) bicolor or Quercus ellipsoidalis (Hill’s Oak)
  • Amelanchier laevis (Allegheny Serviceberry)
  • Platanus x acerifolia ‘Morton Circle’ (Exclamation London Planetree)

Tree located in parkways next to sidewalks, patios, and driveways?

  • Gleditsia triacanthos (Honey Locust)
  • Ulmus ‘Frontier’ on this web (Frontier Elm)
  • Ginkgo biloba ‘Princeton Sentry’ (Princeton Sentry Ginkgo)
  • Syringa pekinensis ‘Morton’ (China Snow Pekin Tree Lilac)

Many of these trees are native to Illinois and our planting area.

Need a tree removed? To find an arborist in your area, click here.