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Trees for Neighborhoods

Trees for Neighborhoods

Since 2009, Seattle residents have planted over 5,000 trees in their yards through Trees for Neighborhoods.

The Trees for Neighborhoods program helps Seattle residents plant trees around their homes. Since 2009, Trees for Neighborhoods has helped residents plant over 5,300 trees in yards and along streets. That's 5,300 more trees working to clean our air and water, make our streets more walkable, and our neighborhoods healthier. Learn more about the benefits of trees here.

Trees for Neighborhoods participants receive:

  • Free trees (up to 4 per household). We offer a variety of small, medium, and large trees appropriate under power lines, along the street, and in the yard. Check out species lists from past years here.
  • A watering bag for each tree
  • Training on proper planting and care
  • Assistance applying for street tree planting permits
  • Ongoing care reminders and workshop opportunities, such as pruning

Join the movement and plant a tree in your yard! CLICK HERE to sign up for our email list and we'll notify you when we announce the 2015 tree species and application opening date (species are usually announced in July).

How it Works

  1. Apply for free trees through the online application for your yard or along the street (Applications are now closed, but are typically open between August-October). Sign up here to get notified about the 2015 application.
  2. Attend a planting workshop in October or November to learn about proper planting and care techniques and bring home your new trees.
  3. Plant your trees and watch them grow!*
  4. Stay connected with care reminders and workshop opportunities to ensure you're giving your trees the love and care they need to thrive.

*On a case-by-case basis, we offer street tree planting assistance to participants who are physically unable to plant a tree themselves. To inquire about this service, please call 206-684-3979 or email

Check out some photos from past years to learn more about the process.

Sign up for the email list to participate in 2015!

Planting Street Trees

Street trees provide our neighborhoods so many benefits from traffic calming to making our streets more attractive for walking and biking.

To make sure street trees are planted in locations where they will not interfere with underground sewer, water, and gas lines and overhead power lines, residents must obtain a free permit from the Seattle Department of Transportation. We will apply for this permit on your behalf when you participate in the Trees for Neighborhoods program. Be sure to indicate you are planting street trees on your application.

If you are interested in planting a street tree in 2015, please join our email list to get information about next year's planting.


Check out the Frequently Asked Questions to see if your question has already been answered. If not, we’re here to help! Please don't hesistate from reaching out and asking.


Call 206-684-3979

Join the email list to receive updates on 2015 available tree species and the application opening date.


See Where Our Trees Have Gone

Since 2009, residents have planted over 5,000 trees across the city through Trees for Neighborhoods. Explore the map to learn more about where the trees have been planted. Click here to explore a larger more interactive map.

Is there room for more trees in your neighborhood?


Want To Do More?

Become a Tree Ambassador to help steward our urban forest or check out a volunteer event in your neighborhood here.

Volunteer at a park near you with Green Seattle Partnership and help restore our parks by planting native trees and shrubs and pulling invasives. Click here to learn more!


To learn more about Trees for Neighborhoods, check out this video from a past participant.



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