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Join the City in our crusade to increase West Des Moines’ tree diversity and urban tree canopy! High quality native trees (valued at approximately $60 to $120) are being made available to residents of West Des Moines through an exciting residential tree sale. The cost of the trees will be covered by a $30 fee paid by the resident with the remainder paid by the City. Due to City funding, all participants must be West Des Moines residents and must agree to plant the tree(s) on residential property within the City limits. UPDATE: There is a limit of up to 4 trees per household (formerly 2).


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   Small tree variety
   Medium tree variety
   Large tree variety


Serviceberry SOLD OUT

This tree is known by many names: serviceberry, Juneberry, shadbush, shadblow and May cherry. It is a small tree growing to a height of 35 feet under favorable conditions.  The serviceberry in the western part of Iowa is usually only shrub-like. The tree flowers in the early spring, and has beautiful, delicate white flowers. It is desirable as an ornamental.

Mature Height: 3-6 ft
Mature Width: 3-6 ft

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In Iowa the redbud is a small tree or large shrub with coarse foliage and a spreading, open crown. It is found over most of the eastern half of the United States, and in Iowa it is found mostly in the eastern and southeastern section scattered through existing woodlands. The redbud is used widely as an ornamental because of the rose-pink flowers which appear early in the spring along the branches before the leaves appear.

Mature Height: 20-30 ft
Mature Width: 25-35 ft

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American Hornbeam

Hornbeam is an attractive small tree that is common, but not abundant in its natural range. It has many common names, the most common include:  Bluebeech because of its very smooth gray bark, and musclewood referring to its muscle-like branches which are irregularly fluted.

Mature Height: 25-35 ft
Mature Width: 15-25 ft


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Chinkapin Oak

Chinkapin Oak is a native oak which is often not recognized as an oak when first encountered. It does not have lobed leaves like most other oaks; its leaves are toothed like a chestnut. Like all oaks, it does have a cluster of buds at the end of branches. 

Mature Height: 50-75 ft
Mature Width: 40-50 ft

 Chinkapin Oak

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Bald Cypress

This stately conifer, native to the Midwest, often is found in groupings in parks and larger spaces, along streets, and around lakes. Unlike most cone-bearing trees, bald-cypress loses its needles each winter and grows a new set in spring. The russet-red fall color of its lacy needles is one of its outstanding characteristics. Hardy and tough, this tree will adapt to a wide range of soil types, whether wet, dry, or even swampy. 

Mature Height: 50-70 ft
Mature Width: 25 ft

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Quaking Aspen

Of all the native trees in North America, quaking aspen has the greatest distribution. In grows from northern Alaska to Labrador and south into Mexico. It thrives on a wide variety of sites, from shallow rocky or clay soils to rich, sandy soils. The best growth occurs on soils which are rich and porous, often where lime or limestone is present. In Iowa, quaking aspen is very common in eastern Iowa and found locally in southern and western Iowa along the major river valleys. Because of intensive competition from other species in Iowa, it is most common on dry, upland soils. 

Mature Height: 50-60 ft
Mature Width: varies by species

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Hackberry is one of our most common trees in Iowa. Hackberry is a member of the elm family but is a different genus. The name hackberry originated from the Scottish "Hagberry", which in England was the common name bird cherry. 

Mature Height: 40-60 ft
Mature Width: 40-60 ft

 Hackberry Tree

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American Elm

Elms are loved for their graceful, stately shape, with branches like spreading fountains, and their green leaves that turn gold in fall. Sadly, the American Elm can no longer be recommended because it is vulnerable to a devastating pathogen called Dutch Elm disease. However, other species and hybrids that are more resistant to the disease are available for planting ("Valley Forge" and "Frontier"). The biggest lesson learned from the devastation of Dutch Elm disease is the importance of having a variety of trees along streets, in parks, and in home landscapes so that no disease or pest that may arrive can kill a large proportion of the trees. The American Elm was the most popular tree to plant in the booming cities of the 19th century, so that by the 20th century many streets were lined with only Elms and were shaded in summer by a cathedral-like ceiling of their branches. When Dutch Elm disease (which actually originated in Asia) spread to the US in the 1950s, it was able to mow down Elm after Elm through their grafted root systems or with the help of a beetle. Today, arborists and foresters are careful to plant a diverse range of trees that will not all be vulnerable to any particular pest, disease or weather conditions.

Mature Height: 75-125 ft
Mature Width: 60-120 ft


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Red Oak

Red Oak is a member of the broad Red Oak group (Black, Blackjack, Pin, Northern Pin and Shingle). This group is characterized by having bristles or points on the leaf lobes and acorns which mature in two growing seasons and sprout in the spring after maturity. 

Mature Height: 50-75 ft
Mature Width: 40-70 ft

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Swamp White Oak

Swamp white oak is a member of the broad white oak group (white, bur, chinkapin, swamp white, and post oaks). This group is characterized by having rounded lobes on the leaves and acorns which mature in a single growing season and sprout soon after they fall in the autumn. 

Mature Height: 50-75 ft
Mature Width: 40-70 ft

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Rules for Participation:

1.  Select your tree(s) and make the online payment ($30 per tree) before April 27, 2019. The sooner you purchase your tree(s), the better your chance of receiving your tree(s) of choice.

2.  All Iowans are required by law to notify the Iowa One Call System at least 48 hours (excluding Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays) prior to engaging in any type of digging or excavating. Homeowners and private residents are not exempt from making this important notice. Contact Iowa One Call by dialing 811 or by going to http://www.iowaonecall.com/homeowners/ to locate underground utilities on your property.  

3.  If you are wanting to plant your tree(s) in the right-of-way (the area between the sidewalk and the roadway), you must contact John Olds, City of West Des Moines' Urban Forestry Supervisor, at john.olds@wdm.iowa.gov or at 515-222-3417 to receive approval prior to planting. Trees should not be planted over utility lines either within the public street right-of-way or the private utility lines connecting to your home. Examples of utility lines include cable television, electric, fiber optic, and telephone wires and gas, sewer, or water pipes.

4. Plan for your pick up. Trees will range in height from 5'-8' at the time of pick up.

5.  Pick up your tree(s) and take part in tree planting and care demos at WDM Shade Crusade 2019.

Date:        Saturday, April 27

Time:        8:00 am to 10:00 am (demos every 30 minutes starting at 8:30 am)

Location: WDM City Hall, 4200 Mills Civic Parkway      

Note that any tree not claimed by 10:00 am will be resold or planted by the City on public property.
No warranty is provided. No refunds or replacements.

6.  Plant your tree(s) right away, and be sure to share your tree planting photos on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with the hashtag #wdmshadecrusade.

7.  NEW IN 2019: Trees can be purchased the day of the tree sale. (sales limited ot tree varieties and quantities that remain after pre-purchase sales)

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