Tree Replacement on Private Property

Emerald Ash Borer / Tree Replacement on Private Property


Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) infestation has been confirmed throughout the Village. It can be difficult to detect until the branches of an infected tree begin to die. The most visible sign is crown dieback, which appears after the first year of infestation. Usually the leaves on the upper third of the tree will begin to thin and the branches will begin to die. A number of suckers and branches will also sprout from the base of the tree and on the trunk. The bark may also split vertically and woodpeckers may begin to feed on the beetle larvae leaving visible damage on the bark. Adult beetles emerging from trees will leave a very small 1/8 inch diameter distinctly D-shaped exit hole that may appear anywhere on the trunk or upper branches. Distinct S-shaped larval feeding tunnels may also be apparent under the bark. Typically, the tree will die in about three years.

Unfortunately, too much of the Village’s Ash Tree canopy is now dead and many trees show no sign of life. According to Section 159.30 (C)(3)(i), The Village requires the replacement of dead or diseased trees (at a 1:1 ratio) with one of the approved species:

Common Name Botanical Name
American Beech Fagus grandifolia
European Beech Fagus sylvatica
Ginko (male) Aka. Maidenhair Tree Ginko biloba
Smoothleaf Elm (Dutch elm disease resistant cultivars only) Ulmus carpinifolia (Accolade,Discovery,
Homestead, Pioneer, & Regal cultivars)

Common Hackberry  Celtis occidentalis
Sugar Hackberry Celtis laevigata
Thornless Honeylocust Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis
American Hophornbeam Aka. Ironwood  Ostrya virginiana
Kentucky Coffeetree (male)  Gymnocladus dioicus
American Linden Aka. Basswood Tilia americana
Littleleaf Linden  Tilia cordata
Silver Linden  Tilia tomentosa
Miyabe Maple  Acer miyabe
Norway Maple Acer platanoides
Paperbark Maple  Acer griseum
Red Maple  Acer rubrum
Sugar Maple Acer saccharum
Bur Oak Quercus macrocarpa
Red Oak Quercus rubra
Chinkapin Oak Quercus muehlenbergii
Swamp White Oak Quercus bicolor
Tuliptree; Aka. Tulip Magnolia or Tulip Popular Liriodendron tulipifera
For more information on the EAB and if your property has suffered tree loss, contact the Community Development Department at 815-886-7200 or jtate@romeoville.org.