Urban Forestry

Tower Lakes is proud to be recognized since 1995 as a Tree City USA by the Nation Arbor Day Foundation. Our mature urban forest is one of the distinctive features which makes our town a desirable place to live.

Invasive Buckthorn is a menace to our urban forest. To volunteer to help fight it or to learn about our plans to reduce Buckthorn, call Tree Commissioner Tom Hannagan at  847-526-9192. Also be sure to read this article published by the Minnesota DNR.

The following is a photographic tour (sample) of trees in Tower Lakes recommended for local planting by our Village Arborist.

Arbor View

Arbor View: Photo tour & guide to selecting trees to plant on your property.

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Common Name: Burr Oak Botanical Name: Quercus Macrocarpa

Soils: Will tolerate most soils. Native tree that will live 100-150 years and grow 60-75 ft. tall.

Soils: Will tolerate most soils.
Native tree that will live 100-150 years and grow 60-75 ft. tall.

Common Name: Bald Cypress Botanical Name: Taxodium Distichum Soils: Wet areas that are slow to drain. Does very well in peat soils.

Common Name: Bald Cypress
Botanical Name: Taxodium Distichum
Soils: Wet areas that are slow to drain. Does very well in peat soils.

Native tree that will live 60-75 years and grow 50-60 ft tall. All needles drop off in fall.