Many years ago I purchased a tree for my front easement from the City of Royal Oak. The City planted a beautiful Japanese Maple for me replacing a tree that had been removed many years before.
I was looking again at the Royal Oak Tree Planting Program for my current house and noted this time a section regarding memorial trees. With the purchase of a memorial tree through the program, the city website notes, they will work to accommodate planting requests as well as provide a wooden block on which you can purchase and mount a plaque. In driving around I noticed several memorial trees gracing the city.
The tree above, is planted in Barton Park South, tucked between the Emagine Theater and Barton Tower Senior Building on Troy street. I found another in the median on Fourth Street, and several others at the Royal Oak Arboretum connected to the Royal Oak Senior Community Center on Marais just north of 13 mile.
Information on the City website states you can call for a list of trees available and planting takes place late April. The trees are discounted so you will pay less than purchasing directly from the nursery and trees designated for city easements are planted by the city. Trees purchased for private property are delivered and planting is up to the purchaser. Here is a link to the city information on the tree planting program Royal Oak Tree Planting Program.