Street trees are still available! The application deadline for street trees has been extended until Wednesday, August 27. Get yours in today and in a few years you can enjoy the awe-inspiring beauty street trees bring to a neighborhood.
Please make sure you have read the information below before applying
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 this year’s AVAILABLE TREES
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
Trees are distributed in October and November. All participants must attend a tree planting workshop to learn about proper planting and care. Participants are responsible for planting and all future care of their trees.
Have a large space in your yard? Plant a conifer!
Before You Apply
Evaluate your property for available planting space. If you have a large space in your yard, consider one of the larger evergreen trees on this year’s list (e.g. Douglas fir, incense cedar, shore pine).
Read the planting considerations page carefully to learn more about this year’s program details and what you should consider before making your tree selections.
Check out this year’s available tree species here. Pay close attention to the information about height and spread at maturity and imagine your tree in 30 years—will there be enough space for the tree to thrive?
How to Apply
Trees for Neighborhoods is a very popular program and we process applications in the order they are received. For the best chance at receiving a tree, apply early! If you apply for trees that are currently sold out, you will be added to a waitlist. In 2013, approximately 30% of waitlisted participants ultimately received a tree.
Trees can be planted either in your yard or planting strip. Trees planted along streets are considered "street trees", and require a permit from the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to plant. On your application, you will be asked if you wish to plant a tree along the street. We will submit a permit request on your behalf, but we cannot guarantee that it will be approved. Read more about the street tree permitting process here.
When submitting an application, please use your physical address where the trees will be planted and not a PO Box. Trees must be planted at this address. They cannot be given away to others.
APPLICATION DEADLINES Street tree applications: Wednesday, August 27 Yard tree applications: Friday, October 10th
Planting a Street Tree?
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, a free permit is required from the Seattle Department of Transportation. We will apply for this permit on your behalf when you participate in the Trees for Neighborhoods program. Just be sure to indicate you are planting street trees on your application.
All street tree applications must be received by August 27.
Waiting to plant until next year? Join the email list to receive updates on 2015 available tree species and the applicaiton opening date.
See Where Our Trees Have Gone
Since 2009, residents have planted over 4000 trees through the program across the city. Explore the map to learn more about where the trees have been planted. Is there room for more trees in your neighborhood? Click here to explore the full map.