Xenia's Tree Committee, a subcommittee of the Board for Recreation, Arts and Cultural Activities, is pleased to announce its first annual Tree Sale.
The sale, which is underway now, allows residents to choose from 12 varieties of trees and nine varieties of shrubs. To take a look at the available trees and shrubs, follow this link to the Tree Committee's webpage. The trees and shrubs are locally grown and orders can be placed until September 24th. Trees (4' to 6' in height) and shrubs (3' to 4' in height) will be placed in three-gallon buckets and will be ready for pick-up on Saturday, October 16th from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Xenia City Public Service Center, 966 Towler Road.
If you are interested in ordering a tree or shrub, forms are available online as a printable PDF, fill-in PDF, or via the form center. Forms are also available at the City Administration Building (107 E. Main Street). A brief description of each tree and shrub is included on the PDF forms, and pictures of the selected mature trees and shrubs will be included on the City’s website. Trees are $39 each, and shrubs are $34 each. Payments may be made via cash, check, money order, or credit card. DO NOT MAIL CASH. Cash, check, or money order payments may be dropped off at the City Administration Building with your order form. If you wish to make a credit card payment, email your order form to City Clerk Michelle Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org and make your credit card payment using the City's Payment Service Network.
Trees and shrubs may only be planted on private property and are not suitable to be planted in the tree lawn (the area between the sidewalk and the street). The City of Xenia urges you to call OUPS (the Ohio Utilities Protection Service) at 800-362-2764 or 8-1-1 at least 48 hours prior to planting so that all utility lines that may happen to be in your yard can be located and marked accordingly. OUPS urges you to always call … even if the job is small! The City also urges you not to plant trees and shrubs over water and sewer lines. If you have buried power lines in your yard, you should stay a safe distance away from those lines as well. Visit www.oups.org to learn more about the “call before you dig” law per ORC Section 3781.28(A).
No delivery, planting, or warranty is provided by the City of Xenia. Although the trees and shrubs are locally grown and provided in three-gallon containers, which should be easy for homeowners to transport and plant, neither the City of Xenia nor the nursery can guarantee the trees and shrubs since there is no way to know the care the person receiving the items is providing. Trees not picked up by noon on Saturday, October 16, 2021, will be considered a donation to the City of Xenia and will be planted in a City park. All proceeds will be used to help with maintenance and replacement of City-owned trees. The Tree Committee is hoping that this Tree Sale will support its effort in designating the City of Xenia as a Tree City USA.
The Tree Committee was formed in 2011 in an effort to bring like-minded volunteers together to create and facilitate a plan for development, conservation, and care of Xenia’s urban forest resources and to promote and raise awareness about the importance of trees in our community. Many times, trees in the urban forest are taken for granted until there is a devastating event such as the Dutch elm disease of the 1950s that killed more than 77 million elm trees between 1950 and 1970 in North America. Even more devastating is the Emerald Ash Borer, which has already killed tens of millions of ash trees and is expected to eventually kill more than 8.7 trillion ash trees in North America. For this reason, the Tree Committee urges residents to plant a variety of trees and shrubs so that no disease or pest that may arrive can kill a large proportion of a particular species. Many ash trees in the City of Xenia have already fallen victim to the Emerald Ash Borer and have been removed from Xenia parks, including three trees in Shawnee Park that are now tree carvings of a Bald Eagle, Shawnee Indian Chief Tecumseh, and a well-known Xenia businessman and 1942 Xenia High School basketball standout Tom Adair.