For more than 30 years, Royal Oak has provided a tree planting program for residents. The objective is to replace trees that are lost over time to disease and other factors. The program allows residents to purchase from a variety of trees through the City's Department of Public Service once a year at prices lower than area nurseries.
Please call the Department of Public Service at 248-246-3300 before the end of January to have a flyer sent. Tree species vary depending on what the nursery has. The flyer must be filled out, paid and returned by the deadline. Tree are not planted until late April, early May. Trees purchased for the City easement will be planted by a contractor. Trees purchased for private property will be delivered but not planted. There is a two tree purchase limit and trees are not guaranteed, residents are responsible for watering trees.
Residents can also purchase a Memorial tree for a loved one, special event or any other reason. The City will try to accommodate the location and will provide a wooden block (flush to the ground) for a plaque that the resident must purchase and install. Memorial trees are planted once each year with the tree sale.
Its commitment to tree planting and preservation has earned the City of Royal Oak the National Arbor Day Foundation distinction of "Tree City USA" every year since 1976.