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 $350 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 will contact you to discuss 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:

Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa)
The bur oak is a stately tree that is native to the Midwest. Its lifespan can often times span many centuries making it a tree that will be around for generations. Its large trunk is grey to brown with furrowed bark which is a good combination with its dark green lustrous leaves.

Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides)
A native to China, the dawn redwood tree was once thought to be extinct. Its reddish-brown exfoliating bark leaves nothing to be desired. Its leaves are needles that resemble that of a yew and turn an attractive russet color in the fall. Average lifespan of these trees can be five hundred plus years.

Pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)
The pagoda dogwood is a native, low-branching tree that boasts a full tree of white flowers in the spring. This tree is perfectly suited for partly shady sites. The pagoda dogwood’s size, shape and flowers are a standout throughout the seasons.

Quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)
Quaking aspen trees are in the poplar family. They have leaves that turn a brilliant bright yellow in the fall and resemble the sound of water as they blow in the wind.  Their bright white bark makes them a standout.

Red Horsechestnut (Aesculus x carnea)
The red horsechestnut is a cross between a horsechestnut and a red buckeye. It’s a medium-sized specimen that gets roughly 30-40’ tall and wide. People praise this tree for its pink-red flowers that bloom in the spring.

Saucer magnolia (Magnolia soulangeana)
Many are familiar with the brilliance of magnolia flower blooms in spring. This species of magnolia grows in tree form and reaches up to twenty-five feet in height. Saucer magnolias have large leathery green leaves, smooth light grey bark and a bright yellow fall color. This tree is the perfect specimen for a sunny and wind protected location.

Sugar maple (Acer saccharum)
Sugar maples are a Midwest native that are well known for its yellow to burnt orange fall color. It’s an excellent choice for a shade tree and will reach 60-75 feet tall.

Swamp White Oak (Quercus bicolor)
Young swamp white oak trees start out with grey peeling bark. Their fall color is an orange gold and the tree’s impressive size makes it a standout in the landscape. It will hold its leaves late into winter offering another point of interest when other trees around it are bare. You cannot go wrong with this impressive oak species that is perfectly suited to almost any location.

Tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera)
The tulip tree belongs to the magnolia family. The tulip tree is one of the largest native trees in North America maturing to 70-90 feet. This tree boasts attractive yellow to green tulip like flowers in the spring. In the urban setting, the tulip trees life can span a couple centuries.

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Living Memories

This display is located at the Simkus Recreation Center.

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