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Yard Tree Recommendations (IL)

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From: Jo F.
Arlington Heights, IL
I am contacting you for recommendations of good types of trees to plant in front yards. I live in Arlington Heights, Illinois and my house faces west. I really want a pretty-leafed tree but am not sure what to start looking for or where to begin with so many choices of trees!

If you could possibly give me some guidance on this, I would be MOST appreciative!

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From: Jay Hayek
Extension Specialist, Forestry
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
Hi Jo:

Throwing out random tree selection recommendations is an exercise in futility because everyone has different wants and needs in a yard tree.

Therefore, the most logical approach to selecting a yard tree is accomplished by utilizing a tree selection guide based upon a homeowner's personal desires, soils, and planting sites.

The Morton Arboretum Tree Selection Guide:

U of I Selecting Trees for your Home:

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