As in any municipality our urban forest can be a huge asset to the community. Our ongoing street tree maintenance and care help us Preserve, protect, and replenish our urban canopy as best as is possible. Once a year, either in the spring or fall, new street trees are planted in needed areas of the City. Our appointed Shade Tree Commission makes these selections. A new planting system is being designed and will utilize a route based system to ensure better coverage of all areas of Berea.
The Shade Tree Commission was established in March of 1981. Pertinent information concerning the operation of the Shade Tree Commission and relative to planting and removal of trees can be found in Codified Ordinance 327.03 thru 327.21) Shade Tree commission meetings are held on an as need basis.
Berea Master Tree Plan Revision – Recommended Trees
Small Trees (Less than 30')
On streets where overhead wires are 15 feet or less from ground.
- IVORY SILK LILAC - SYRINGA RETICULATA
Large white flowers that appear in June - H 25-30' W 15'
- SNOWDRIFT CRABAPPLE - MALUS 'SNOWDRIFT'
White flowers in spring yielding orange/red fruit.
- SUGARTYME CRABAPPLE - MALUS 'SUGAR TYME'
Pale pink buds, white single flower. Upright spreading, green oval.
- PROFUSION CRABAPPLE – ‘PROFUSION’
Purplish foliage bronzes w/age, deep pink flower, maroon fruit, upright spreading. H-20’ W-20’
- HARVEST GOLD CRABAPPLE - 'HARGOZAM GOLD'
Salt resistant H-20' W-15'
- VALIANT PEAR - 'VALZAM PEAR'
Red fall color H-25 - 30' W-15 - 20'
- CLEVELAND PRIDE PEAR - 'CLEPIZAM PEAR'
Burgundy in fall H-25 - 30' W-15 - 20'
- SERVICEBERRY - 'TRAZAM'
Red orange fall color H-25 - 30' W-15 - 20'
- CRIMSON SENTRY MAPLE - 'CRIMSON SENTRY'
Yellow flower, maroon/red foliage H-25' W-15'
- HEDGE MAPLE - 'ACER CAMPESTRE'
Rounded, drought tolerance, yellow fall foliage
MEDIUM TREES (30' - 50')
On streets where overhead wires are 30 feet from the ground.
- CLEVELAND SELECT PEAR - 'PYRUS CALLERYANA' 'STONE HILL'
- ARISTOCRAT PEAR - PYRUS CALLERYANA 'ARISTOCRAT'
Pyramidal in shape, white flowers, deep red in fall. H-40'
- ARMSTRONG RED MAPLE - ACER RUBRUM 'ARMSTRONG'
Narrow habit and orange in fall H-50 - 60' W-20 - 25'
- CRIMSON KING NORWAY MAPLE - ACER PLATANOIDES 'CRIMSON KING'
Purple leaves all summer/dense H-40' W-35'
- RED SUNSET MAPLE - ACER RUBRUM 'FRANKSRED'
Upright branching, oval, dark green to brilliant orange-red in fall H-50' W-35 - 40'
- CELEBRATION MAPLE - ACER X FREEMANLI 'CELZAM'
Red and gold leaves – seedless. H-45 – 50’ W-20 – 25’
- OCTOBER GLORY RED MAPLE – ACER RUBRUM ‘OCTOBER GLORY’
Green foliage, crimson fall color. H-50’ W-35’ – 40’
- AUTUMN BLAZE RED MAPLE – ACER FREEMANII ‘JEFFERS RED’
Green foliage, orange/red fall, upright oval. H-50’ W-40’
- CORINTHIAN LINDEN – ‘CORZAM’ LINDEN
Thick lustrous green foliage, creamy-yellow/white flower. H-45’ W-15’
- BEECH – SWAT MAGRET
Very dark purple, holds color all season.
LARGE TREES (50' OR OVER)
On streets where overhead wires are 30 feet from the ground
- GINKGO - GINKGO BILOBA (MALE) MAIDENHAIR TREE
Fan shaped leaves turn yellow in fall H-60' W-30 - 40'
- GREEN VASE ZELKOVA – ZELKOVA SERRATA ‘GREEN VASE’
Vase shaped, rounded, deep green to yellow-orange in fall. H-60 - 70’ W-50 – 55’
- SPARTICUS ASH – ‘SPARZAM’ WHITE ASH
PROHIBITED TREE IN THE CITY OF BEREA ON TREE LAWNS:
- RIVER BIRCH
- WHITE BIRCH
- BOX ELDER
- AMERICAN ELM
- SIBERIAN ELM
- FRUIT BEARING TREES
- BLACK LOCUST
- SILVER MAPLE
- SWEET GUM
- TREE OF HEAVEN
- BLACK WALNUT
ONLY THORNLESS VARIETY OF TREES MAY BE PLANTED ON CITY TREELAWNS.
Tree reimbursement applications:
Through the tree reimbursement program you may apply to plant up to three trees in front yards or on tree lawns. You will be entitled to a sum of money equal to one-half the cost of a tree or trees, but not more than $25.00 per tree or a total of $75.00 for trees planted in front yards or on tree lawns. The Shade Tree Commission members must formally approve the application prior to planting of tree or trees. Call 440-826-5816 for a tree reimbursement application.
If there is concern with the condition of a tree lawn tree, please contact 440-826-5853.
Tree Lawn Repair
The City of Berea will repair the tree lawn right of way if the City has damaged it due to a water /sewer repair, tree removal, or if a snow plow has disrupted the grass area.
Once the city has made the repairs please water your tree lawn as necessary.
If you have any question please call the Service Garage 440-826-5853.
If your tree lawn was damaged by a Public Utility please call them directly.
First Energy 800-589-3101
Columbia Gas 800-344-4077
or your Telephone/Cable provider
400 Barrett Road
Berea, OH 44017
Assistant Superintendent Administration
Sandra O. Vozar
P.E., Utility Engineer
440-826-5800, ext. 6225
Water Plant Superintendent
For immediate attention 24/7, dial 234-5652, ext. 461
For concerns about water quality 24/7, dial 234-5652, ext. 226
To speak with the shift operator 24/7, dial 234-5652, ext. 225
Water/Sewer Billing Finance Department
Director of Public Safety/Service
After hour emergencies:
Police Department 440-826-5870