For more than 30 years the City of Royal Oak has provided a tree planting program which allows residents to purchase up to 2 trees from a variety of species which vary depending on nursery availability. Please call the Department of Public Service at (248) 246-3300 before the end of December to have a flyer mailed. The flyer must be filled out, paid and returned by the deadline. Please note: trees are not planted until late April or early May due to frost. Trees purchased for the city easement (between the sidewalk and curb) will be planted by the contractor. Trees purchased for private property will be delivered but not planted. Residents can place a marker on the city easement where they would like the tree(s) planted, however if the contractor does not believe the tree(s) will survive in that location they will plant as close as possible to the area. Trees are not guaranteed and residents are responsible for watering trees.
Residents can also purchase a Memorial tree (once each year with the spring tree sale) for a loved one, special event or for any other reason. Memorial trees are only planted in city parks and the city will try to accommodate the location, however if it isn't an ideal location the tree will be planted as close to that location as possible. A wooden block will be provided (flush to the ground) for a plaque that the resident must purchase and install. Residents are responsible for watering memorial trees.
It's 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.