Dedication Trees

Choose from a variety of wonderful trees to create a living memorial to commemorate a special person, pet, organization, or event!

Each tree is $1000 and includes:

  • Nursery quality tree approximately 2.0-2.5 inches in diameter and 8-10 feet high when planted.
  • Custom dedication plaque installed in stone and mounted near the base of the tree.
  • Dedication leaf placed on the Living Memories display located in the Simkus Recreation Center.

Park District staff contacts you to talk about specifics of location and your choice of tree species. Availability may vary based on the season in which the request is made.

Choose from the following variety of tree species:

Bald Cypress (Taxodium Distichum)
This stately conifer, native to the Midwest, is often 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 swampy.


Eastern Redbud (Cercis Canadensis)
In April and May, many neighborhoods are brightened by the purplish-pink flowers lining the dark branches of redbuds before their leaves open. This Chicago-area native plant evolved in the understory and along the edges of forests. It works especially well among evergreens that contrast with its color and shelter it from intense sunlight.

Freeman Maple (Acer freemanii)
The Freeman maple is a silver/ red maple tree hybrid. The combination of these two trees yields the red maple’s strong branch attachment and the silver maple’s fast growth rate. The fall color is a beautiful red-orange color seen from a great distance. These trees grow 50-70 ft. tall and 15-20 ft. wide. This tree is a fantastic choice for many locations.
London Planetree (Platanus acerifolia)
The London planetree is a hybrid of the sycamore tree. It lends its name to be a widely used tree in London, England. Its brown bark exfoliates and reveals an inner creamy white color that is the signature feature of sycamore trees. This tree reaches 60 ft. tall and 40 ft. wide at maturity.

Swamp White Oak (Quercus bicolor)
Young swamp white oak trees start with grey peeling bark. Their fall color is orange-gold, and the tree’s impressive size makes it a standout in the landscape. It holds its leaves late into winter, offering another point of interest when other trees around it are bare. You can go right with this unique oak species, ideally suited to almost any location.


Living Memories

Living Memory Leaf display is located at the Simkus Recreation Center.

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