Street Trees

Keeping our urban forest healthy and safe is a priority. We’re proud to have earned the “Tree City USA” designation, and with the community’s help, we can help keep our trees and city beautiful for generations to come.

Tree ordinance

The city has the right to trim or remove trees in the public right of way abutting your property. Occasionally, this includes trees that sit outside the right of way and obstruct or overhang a sidewalk, street or streetlight. Trees must be trimmed to allow a minimum eight-foot clearance over sidewalks and 13-foot clearance for streets.

View the city’s street tree ordinance.

Right-of-way tree trimming

During the months of January, February and March, Parks Department certified arborists and highly trained staff trim trees along the public right of way.

Our staff may trim trees abutting your property if the tree:

  • is damaged, diseased or dead.
  • is causing a sight, sign or sidewalk obstruction.
  • has low-hanging or broken branches.
  • requires it to promote healthy growth.

Emerald ash borer pest

Ash trees represent about 25 percent of Lenexa’s urban forest. These trees are facing regional threats from the emerald ash borer beetle. Heavy infestations of emerald borer have been found in multiple Lenexa locations.

View an ash tree inventory map of city-owned and privately-owned street trees.

Pine tree diseases

Learn about pine tree problems affecting the Midwest.

Recommended trees

Below is a list of recommended trees for planting in the right of way. These types of trees have been selected for their strength, size and ability to thrive in our extreme weather conditions.

  • Bald cypress
  • Black gum
  • Elm (newer cultivars)
  • Greenspire littleleaf linden
  • Green vase Japanese zelkova
  • Norway maple (no red leaf cultivars)
  • Sawtooth oak
  • Shademaster locust
  • Shingle oak
  • Sugar maple
  • Swamp white oak
  • White oak

More information

For planting techniques, trimming techniques, proper care and other tree information, view the street tree FAQ page, download the tree care brochure, or call us at 913.477.7100.