Tree Program

GPSIF established a tree planting program in 1986. Since that time, more than 550  new trees have been planted along Lake Shore Road, in Osius Park and on the city easements in residential neighborhoods. 2014 marks the 11th consecutive year that Grosse Pointe Shores has been granted Tree City status. Signs marking Tree City status are at the north and south ends of Lake Shore Road.
 
Following the recommendations of the Grosse Pointe Shores forester, a variety of trees are selected from lists published by the DNR and the Forestry Department suited for our climate zone. Current varieties planted are: maple, tulip, tupelo, London plane, cork, oak, Kentucky coffee, sweet gum, pear, linden, zelkova elm, ivory silk syringa and hackberry. By using a variety of trees, there is less chance that many trees will succumb to disease or infestation of insects at the same time.
 
Memorial trees can be purchased by contacting GPSIF through the contact form on this website. The memorial will be marked with  4 x 6 bronze plaque installed on a concrete post at the base of the tree.  More information is available in the Giving section of this website.
 
Trees are planted in late fall, providing plenty of time for root establishment. Tree diameter ranges from 2.5 to 3.0 inches because this size tree is most easily transplanted. All trees are guaranteed by the contractor and are replaced if they do not survive after the first winter. 
 
If you want to recommend a location for a tree, click here to contact GPSIF.