The Oelwein Tree Board is comprised of five volunteers from the Oelwein community that are dedicated to maintaining and expanding the Oelwein urban tree canopy.
2019 Governors Volunteer Award
Small Variety Trees
Lilac, Japanese Tree
Medium Variety Trees
Little Leaf Linden
Large Variety Trees
Kentucky Coffee Tree
Shade Master Locust
Swamp White Oak
"Branching Out is a nationally recognized and award-winning tree planting program in which Alliant Energy, Trees Forever and your community work together to plan, fund and implement community tree planting projects. The program is designed to encourage energy efficiency, environmental awareness and community stewardship in Iowa
The Branching Out program is offered exclusively to Iowa communities where Alliant Energy provides electric and/or natural gas service". (treesforever.org)
The Oelwein Tree Board is dedicated to planting more trees in the street right of way in increase the urban tree canopy and to create energy saving benefits to the community. The public right-of-way is wider than the road surface and includes curbs, sidewalks, utilities, public shade trees and grass strips.
The Oelwein Tree Board has the following tree varieties that they will be planting this fall for the community.
Red-brown scales flake to show cream-colored inner bark. Large distinctive leaves with lighter undersides. Fast growing, resistant to anthracnose. Prefers moist, well-drained soil and full sun to light shade. Grows to 75' to 100', 80' spread. (zones 5-9)
The hackberry, while often forgotten by casual consumers, is commonly heralded by tree experts as “one tough tree.” Found on a wide range of soils east of the Rockies from southern Canada to Florida, these trees thrive in a broad span of temperatures and on sites that vary from 14 to 60" of annual rainfall. They can even stand up to strong winds and tolerate air pollution.
Basswood is a large, (70-80 feet in height), wide-spreading, round-topped tree with dense foliage. It is native through out southeastern Canada and most of the eastern United States; it is found in every county in Iowa. It grows on a wide variety of sites but does best on moist upland sites, on sheltered north and east facing slopes along river and stream drainages.
The Japanese lilac is a deciduous, tree-form lilac. It has a moderate growth rate, an upright growing habit, and a rounded shape. It is a mid-size tree belonging to the olive family that is grown for the panicles of white flowers it bears for about two weeks in early summer.
Serviceberry trees are graceful trees that are underused in landscapes. Native to North America, these moderate-size trees are easy to grow and give a yard or garden three seasons of color, producing fragrant white flowers in early spring, edible berries in the summer and blazing orange, yellow and red leaves in the fall. They grow slowly, seldom need pruning and don’t have invasive roots, so they’re a good choice for small yards where they’ll be close to driveways, sheds and water mains.
Flowering crabapples are a favorite sight in the springtime throughout the United States, and are a popular deciduous ornamental tree. They're a colorful sign that "spring has sprung" with their fragrant, delicate blossoms that cover their intricate branches. Once planted they can live a long time, needing only occasional pruning to shape them.
These trees are purchased from funds with a Trees Forever/Alliant Energy grant that can only be planted between your sidewalk and the street. The tree board members will select the correct species of tree suitable to the area. Trees are limited and requests do not guarantee a tree.
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