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Novi, Michigan
Novi, Michigan

2022 Inventory of Trees on City Property

Sec.15-84 - Authority of Department of Public Services over trees and plants in public places.

The Department of Public Services shall have complete charge and control over the planting, cutting, trimming and  removal of trees and other growth upon all public highways and places and the department may promulgate and adopt rules and regulations for the control of same. 

(Code 1957, 7-202; Code 1978, 21-2; Ord. No. 96.5, 1(21-2), 10-22-1996

Sec. 16-85 - Permit required for planting certain trees.

(a) No person shall plant any poplar, box elder, basswood, cottonwood, willow, soft maple, American maple, common catalpa, horse chestnut, or Ailanthus Grandulosa tree anywhere within the city without first procuring a permit from the Department of Public Services.

(b) Aperson's first or second violation of this section shall be municipal civil infraction with a civil fine as established in section 1-14(2).  A person's subsequent violations of this section shall be a misdemeanor and subject to the penalties of section 1-14(1). 

(Code 1957, 7-203; Code 1978, 21-3; Ord. No. 96-5 1-(21-3), 10-22-1996)

State Law reference -Authority to destroy box elder trees, MCL 124.151.

*Call Miss Dig before planting any trees: 1-800-482-7171*

Aug. 1, 2019

Look for signs of Asian longhorned beetle this month
Imagine what the summer heat would feel like without the cooling shade of your backyard trees. If you appreciate your trees, August is the time to show them how much you care. Take a few minutes to check your trees for Asian longhorned beetles and the damage their larvae leave behind.
“August is Tree Check Month – the best time to spot the round, drill-like holes made by the Asian longhorned beetle,” said Jeff Zimmer, acting director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development's Pesticide and Plant Pest Management Division. “These destructive pests have invaded areas of Ohio, New York and Massachusetts, causing the removal of over 180,000 trees. In order to prevent this in Michigan, we are asking everyone to look for and report signs of the Asian longhorned beetle.”
The Asian longhorned beetle is on Michigan’s invasive species watch list because it poses an immediate or potential threat to the state's economy, environment or human health.

What to look for

Asian longhorned beetles on a damaged branchChecking your trees is important because early detection of the Asian longhorned beetle can save hundreds to thousands of trees. This beetle affects many common deciduous trees, such as maples, birch, willow and others. So what should you look for?
  • Dime-sized, perfectly round, beetle exit holes in the trunk or branches.
  • Shallow chew marks in the bark, where the beetle lays its egg.
  • Sawdust-like material at the base of the tree, or where branches meet the trunk.
  • Dead branches on otherwise leafy trees.
  • Large (1 inch to 1 1/2 inches long), shiny black beetles with white spots and white striped antennae.

Check for look-alikes

Side by side photos of white spotted pine sawyer and Asian longhorned beetle labeledA similar beetle native to Michigan is often mistaken for the Asian longhorned beetle.
The white spotted pine sawyer has a distinctive white spot below the base of its head – between the tops of its wing covers. This and its brown or dull black color distinguish the sawyer from the Asian longhorned beetle.

What to do

If you see signs of Asian longhorned beetle damage, or the beetle itself, follow these steps:
  • Make note of what was found and where. Take a photo, if possible.
  • Try to capture the insect, place it in a container and freeze it. This will preserve it for easier identification.
  • Report findings as soon as possible to the U.S. Department of Agriculture by calling 866-702-9938 or completing an online form at
  • Reports also can be made to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development at 800-292-3939 or
For more information on the Asian longhorned beetle, visit
Michigan's Invasive Species Program is cooperatively implemented by the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

/Note to editors: Accompanying photos are available below for download. Suggested captions follow:
ALB: The Asian longhorned beetle can infest several species of hardwood trees, including maple. Once infested, trees must be removed to prevent further spread. Photo credit Kenneth R. Law, USDA APHIS PPQ,
WSPS and ALB: The white spotted pine sawyer (left) has a distinctive white spot between the top of its wings. The Asian longhorned beetle (right) does not.
ALB Identification: The Asian longhorned beetle is shiny black with white spots and has white-banded antennae that are longer than its body./