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Tree Replacement Program

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Trees add a special, natural beauty to our city.  However, not all tree locations are compatible with overhead electric lines and can pose a threat to public safety and electric service reliability.  Planting the right tree in the right place is the best way to remedy conflicts between trees and overhead electric lines. Replacement can occur through the Westerville Electric Division’s Tree Replacement Program.  During our regular work or through a resident's request, the City’s Electric Division will evaluate a tree to determine whether the tree should be removed and/or replaced.

If the tree qualifies for replacement, the Electric Division will remove the tree and work with the resident to select an appropriate replacement (call (614) 901-6700 or email electric@westerville.org). Since the goal of the Tree Replacement Program is to prevent or eliminate future trimming, the Electric Division will follow standards established by the National Arbor Day Foundation. The tree’s expected mature size will be used to determine where the tree will be planted.

Photos of the replacement shade trees, evergreen trees, ornamental trees, shrubs and grasses are available below or by visiting the links on the bottom of this page.

Shade Tree Replacement Options:

Iron Wood - Hophornbeam

Iron Wood – Hophornbeam
Ostrya virginiana
H-35’ W-25’ 
Rounded shape, will grow in 
heavy shade

Swamp White Oak

Swamp White Oak 
Quercus bicolor
H-60’ W-60’ 
Rounded open shape,
large growing stately tree

 Ginkgo

Ginkgo
Ginkgo biloba
H-50’ W-30’ 
Pyramidal shape, slow growing,
yellow fall color

London Plane Tree

 London Plane Tree

Platanus acerifolia
H-50’ W-40’
Pyramidal shape, large leaves,
bark becomes white – green

 Bald Cypress

Bald Cypress
Taxodium distichum
H-60’ W-30’ Pyramidal shape,
drops needles in fall,
fast grower

 Norwegian Sunset Maple

Norwegian Sunset Maple
Acer truncatum x
H-30’ W-25’ 
Rounded shape, shiny dark green
summer leaves, great fall color

 Littleleaf Linden

Littleleaf Linden
Tilia cordata
H-40’ W-30’
Pyramidal shape fragrant flowers, yellow fall color

 Homestead Elm

Homestead Elm
Ulmus X
H-55” W-35”
Upright oval shape, shiny dark
green leaves

 Black Gum

Blackgum
Nyssa sylvatica
H-60’ W-30’ 
Upright irregular shape,
outstanding fall color 

 Zelkova

Zelkova
Zelkova serrata
H-45’ W-35’ 
Vase shaped, substitute for
elm tree, good fall color

 Sugar Maple

Sugar Maple
Acer saccharum
H-50’ W-35’ 
Rounded to oval shape,
great fall color 

 River Birch (multi stem)

River Birch (multi stem)
Betula nigra
H-40’ W-30’ 
Pyramidal to oval shape, fast grower, cinnamon-cream bark

 Shingle Oak

Shingle Oak
Quercus imbricaria
H-50’ W-40’
Broadly oval shape.
small acorns

Katsuratree

Katsuratree
Ceridiphyllum japonicum
H-50’ W-30’
Pyramidal shape,
yellow-orange fall color

State Street Maple

State Street Maple
Acer miyabei
H-50’ W-35’
Upright oval shape,
cork-like bark

 

 

Honeylocust

Honeylocust
Gleditsia tricanthos
H-45’ W-35’ 
Rounded shape, small leaves,
provides filtered shade

 

Click HERE for Evergreen Tree Replacement Options.

Click HERE for Ornamental Tree Replacement Options.

Click HERE for Shrub Replacement Options.

Click HERE for Evergreen Shrub Replacement Options.

Click HERE for Grass Replacement Options.