Working for a safe, affordable, vibrant, innovative, and interconnected city.
Learn More Home Page This Department
web graphic
Seattle reLeaf Seattle reLeaf Home PageBenefitsGet InvolvedPlanting and CareRestorationManagement PlanRegulations

Trees for Neighborhoods

Tree Walks

street tree

fall color

Check out the tree
cover in your neighborhood

Urban Forestry Commission

Street Tree Inventory Map

Tree Ambassadors

upcoming events

Plant a Shore Pine in Your Yard!

There's still time to add apply for a shore pine or another yard tree to plant in your yard through Trees for Neighborhoods. Applications are due October 10th so apply for your trees today!

Seattle City Light Rainier Beach Community Tree Planting

Saturday, October 11th
9 am - noon
Meet at the parking lot behind the Amazing Grace Christian School, 10056 Renton Ave S

Join Seattle City Light in a Rainier Beach neighborhood tree planting event. This is a great opportunity to plant trees and help the City reach its canopy cover goal of 30% by 2037. Seattle City Light will provide tools, gloves, and planting instruction. Dress for the weather and wear closed toe shoes.

City of Seattle's 2014 Arbor Day Celebration

Saturday, October 18th
9 am - noon
Meet at the corner of S Fletcher St & 57th Ave S in Rainier Beach
RSVP here

Come celebrate Arbor Day and help grow our urban forest! Join the City of Seattle in planting new street trees that provide our neighborhoods with so many benefits from traffic calming to making streets more attractive for walking and biking. We'll provide tools, gloves, refreshments and planting instruction. Dress for the weather and wear closed toe shoes. Email questions to Download the flyer and help spread the word!

Why does Seattle celebrate Arbor Day in the fall? Seattle, in contrast to Washington State, celebrates Arbor Day in October because fall is the best time for planting new trees in Seattle because they will get plenty of moisture during the rainy months ahead. Join us this Arbor Day, plant a tree, and help us grow our urban forest!


Ballard Tree Walk

Sunday, October 12
10:30 am - Noon
Meet at the Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Ave NW)
RSVP here

Join Tree Ambassadors Diana and Nancy on short walk around Ballard to explore some of the neighborhood's more interesting and beautiful trees. Fall is a great time to discover new tree treasures in your neighborhood. See you there rain or shine!


Green Lake Tree Walk

Saturday, October 18
9:30 am - noon
Meet at the Green Lake Community Center Beach (7201 East Green Lake Dr N)
RSVP here

Let's take a walk around one of Seattle's most popular places, Green Lake. Tree Ambassador Penny Kriese will lead the 2.8 mile walk around the lake. This is a chance to test your tree knowledge and enjoy some beautiful trees. Please plan to bring a snack or drink as we will be walking the entire 2.8 miles around the lake. See you there rain or shine! Can't join us this time? Find a map of this walk as well as many other walks here.


Greening Rainier Beach

The City of Seattle is focusing on growing trees in the Rainier Beach neighborhood. Throughout the year, you may see us working on important tree projects such as planting, caring for young trees, pruning, and clearing trees away from power lines to reduce power outages. Learn more about our efforts in Rainier Beach and how you can get involved.


Stop Tree Topping

The arrival of summer often prompts people to prune their tree. If your trees are being pruned, be sure they are not being topped. Tree topping is an outdated pruning practice that indiscriminately removes large amounts of leaves and branches. It looks terrible, causes serious damage to the tree, and often turns a safe tree into a safety hazard. Check out this great resource from the City of Tacoma on why tree topping is a terrible way to treat your tree. If you are hiring someone to prune your trees, make sure they are an ISA Certified Arborist. A legitimate arborist will never recommend tree topping.


Seattle Aubudon Launches New Tree Map

Seattle Audubon has recently launced an amibitious new website which seeks to map trees across the city and quantify the many benefits such as cleaner air and cleaner water that those trees provide. Check it out and add your favorite tree today!


Our Urban Forest is Among the Top 10 in the Country!

American Forests has just named the 10 Best Cities in the country for urban forestry - and Seattle is one of them! Seattle's high ranking was based on these criteria:

  • Civic engagement in maintaining the urban forest;
  • Urban forest strategies and city greening to address city infrastructure challenges;
  • Accessibility of urban forest and greenspaces to the public;
  • Overall health and condition of the city’s urban forest;
  • Documented knowledge about its urban forests; and
  • Urban forest management plans and management activities.

You can read more in local press reports from King5 and KPLU. You can also check out the case study American Forests recently published about Seattle and see how we stack up compared to Portland, Milwaukee, Denver, Baltimore, and more.


Have a Question about Trees? Ask Our Experts!

Ask our experts.

Q. Why should I plant a large tree?

A. Healthy, mature trees provide many benefits to people and the environment. To maximize those benefits, plant a tree with the largest mature size that fits your space.

Large trees often become treasured neighborhood assets.  Research has shown that they provide higher quality habitat for birds and other wildlife, and they have larger root systems to help stabilize hillsides and prevent erosion. Large trees do more to buffer weather conditions, providing shade on hot days to reduce the need for air conditioning, and blocking winter winds to help save on heating bills.

Large evergreen trees, especially conifers, are even better. Because large conifers grow so tall in our region, they produce a larger volume of leaf area on a smaller footprint – using the same amount of yard space but working harder to take in carbon dioxide, produce oxygen, and filter out air pollutants. And because evergreens hold their needles and leaves through the winter, our rainy season, they reduce stormwater runoff to a much greater extent than do small deciduous trees.

Before choosing a tree, make sure you have enough space for it to reach its mature size. If you have a big enough area, larger trees will provide the most benefits.

Arrow Ask a Question

Arrow Previous Question Archive




reLeaf Home | Benefits | Get Involved | Planting & Care | Restoration | Management Plan | Regulations