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Trees & Forestry
The City of Plymouth Department of Municipal Services provides maintenance to trees located in the right-of-way and on public property.

NEW Tree Ordinance
The intent of the new ordinance is to provide for the protection, preservation, and reforestation of the City of Plymouth's trees and woodlands.  The tree ordinance was adopted by the City Commission on July 15, 2019.  The ordinance provides protection of street trees, front yard trees, and heritage trees.  The ordinance can be read in its entirety here.  The ordinance is effective beginning September 23, 2019.

Tree Lawn/Boulevard/Berm/Lawn Extension/Verge is the area between the sidewalk and the curbline.
Diameter Breast Height (DBH) is the diameter, in inches, of a tree measured at 4.5 feet above the existing grade.
Tree Size is the approximate height a tree will reach at maturity.  Small trees will be less than 25 feet tall, medium trees will be between 25 and 40 feet tall, and large trees will be greater than 40 feet tall. The width of the boulevard (area between the sidewalk and the street) determines the maximum size of tree that can be planted there.

Street Trees

Commonly, a street tree is located between the sidewalk and the curb.
For more information, click here.
Here is the link to the street tree action request form.

Front Yard Trees
A front yard tree is a tree that is located in the area between the house and the sidewalk.
For more information, click here.
Here is the link to the permit application for private tree removal.

Heritage Trees
A heritage tree is a tree that is located anywhere on the property that is 18-inches DBH or greater or meets the criteria within the ordinance for a heritage tree.
For more information, click here.
Here is the link to the permit application for heritage tree removal.

DTE Energy Tree Trimming Program
DTE Energy will be performing vegetation management along the overhead power lines within the City of Plymouth.

DTE Energy has sent letters notifying those residents that will be impacted by the tree trimming and removal. DTE crews will be marking all trees to be trimmed as well as all trees to be removed. DTE Representatives will visit the neighborhoods where the work is to occur, they will be contacting residents door to door, leaving contact info and will be available to talk to residents about the work ahead.

If you have any questions regarding the DTE Energy vegetation management, please call DTE Energy Tree Trim Hotline at 313-235-4141 or visit the website at

City Street Tree Planting Program
The City of Plymouth offers a planting program for street trees to all residents and property owners each year. Please call Municipal Services for additional details.

The 2019 Street Tree Program Information & Order Form can be found here.