Trees in the Common Area

The District maintains trees in the common areas, including irrigation. 238 replacement trees were planted in the common areas in the spring of 2021, all with a lifetime warranty from our landscape provider. If a new tree needs warranty replacement, it will be done the following year, after a walk-through inspection. There is not a request process for placing or replacing a tree in a specific location in the common area. Any promises or assurances about a specific tree that may have been made by prior management companies are not valid, as the landscaping decisions are made on an annual basis, according to budget and direction from the Board of Directors. There is a framework in place to determine replacement tree planting locations according to priority. To express your concern about a specific tree location, please join the next Common Area Committee meeting.

The District has an Adopt-a-Tree program in place every spring season to allow homeowners to sponsor the placement of a new common area tree.

Trees on Resident Property

Trees on resident property, including the tree lawn, are not maintained by the District, these are homeowner responsibility. The builder typically plants the initial trees, you may check with your builder warranty contact to see if a tree is under warranty.

Tree Lawn

The “tree lawn” is the strip of landscaping between the sidewalk and the street. Tree lawn maintenance is the responsibility of the homeowner for the tree lawn area adjacent to their home. The tree lawn is owned by the City of Aurora as part of the public right-of-way, but the homeowner is responsible for its upkeep. View the Residential Improvement Guidelines for more information on landscaping requirements for the tree lawn area, including the requirement for a deciduous tree every 30 linear feet.

Tree Requirements – Placement and Size

To modify your landscaping, you must still receive written approval for your plans. Submit your plans on the Design Review page.

Tree requirements and landscaping rules can be found within the Residential Improvement Guidelines.

  • Front Yard: 1 Shade tree and either 1 ornamental tree or 1 evergreen tree.
  • External Side Yard (corner lot exposed to public view): 1 tree per 40 linear feet of side yard.
  • Tree Lawn Area: 1 tree per 30 linear feet of tree lawn.

Trees shall be installed in the following minimum sizes:
• Shade trees – 1-1/2” caliper
• Ornamental trees – 1” caliper
• Evergreen trees – 6’ height minimum

Tree Recommendations

Recommended:

  • Austrian Pine / Pinus Nigra
  • Autumn Blaze Maple / Acer Freemanii
  • Canada Red Chokecherry / Prunus Virginiana
  • Callery Pear / Pyrus Calleryana
  • Colorado Spruce /Picea Pungens
  • Downy Hawthorn / Crataegus Mollis
  • Ginnala Maple / Acer Ginnala
  • Hackberry / Celtis Occidentalis
  • Kentucky Coffeetree / Gymnocladus Dioicus
  • Limber Pine / Pinus Flexilis
  • Pinyon Pine / Pinus Edulis
  • Ponderosa Pine / Pinus Ponderosa
  • Russian Hawthorn / Crataegus Ambigua
  • Vanderwolf’s Pyramid Pine / Pinus Flexilis
  • Western Catalpa / Catalpa Speciosa

Not recommended:

  • Aspen and Russian Olive Trees are not recommended as both trees are invasive and Aspen are prone to disease.
  • Honey Locust Trees are not recommended as they fail to thrive in this location.
  • Linden Trees are not recommended except in very large lots because of their extreme size at maturity.

Tom Kern from Pine Lane Nursery has provided his list of tree and shrub recommendations for small areas, along with helpful information on each variety. See the linked document: Tree Recommendations from Pine Lane Nursery