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Trees for Neighborhoods 2016

Trees for Neighborhoods is the City of Seattle's residential tree planting project. Since 2009, Trees for Neighborhoods has helped Seattle residents plant over 6,300 trees in their yards and along the street. That's 6,300 more trees working to clean our air and water, make our streets more walkable, and our neighborhoods healthier! Learn more about the benefits of neighborhood trees here.

Trees for Neighborhoods participants receive:

  • Free trees (up to 4 per household, lifetime max of 8).
  • A watering bag & mulch for each tree
  • Training on proper planting and care
  • Assistance applying for street tree planting permits
  • Ongoing care reminders and future pruning workshop opportunities

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

How to Apply

  1. Take time to evaluate potential planting sites on your property. Read the planting considerations page.
  2. Review the 2016 tree list here. Pay attention to the mature size of the trees and their needs for sun. Select trees that will have room to grow to maturity. If you have the space, please consider planting a larger tree to bring greater benefits to your neighborhood.
  3. Apply Online or download the PDF version and mail it in. This year's application is a lottery; applications will be accepted from July 18th through August 10th. NOTE- there is no longer any benefit to submitting your application early. All applications will be processed once the first lottery round closes on August 10th. If trees are still available following this first lottery round, we'll announce a second lottery round for remaining trees that will open in mid-August. Learn more about the new application process here.

If your application is approved, you will sign up to attend a planting and care workshop next fall to pick-up your trees. Fall is the best time to plant a tree in Seattle because your new tree will benefit from our fall and winter rains.

Need assistance planting your new tree? We offer delivery and planting help to participants who need physical assistance or lack access to a vehicle. To inquire about this service, please call 206-684-3979 or email TreesforNeighborhoods@seattle.gov.

Important 2016 Dates

1st Application Round
July 18th - August 10th (All street tree applications due)

2nd Application Round
TBA, depending on tree availability following first round

Tree & Site Selection Workshops (optional)
July 20th at Lake City Community Center
July 25th at Rainier Beach Community Center

Tree Distribution Dates
October 23rd at UW Botanic Garden's Center for Urban Horticulture
November 5th at UW Botanic Garden's Center for Urban Horticulture

Your Responsibilities

  • Choose trees appropriate for the space (Read the Planting Considerations page for more information)
  • On your application, indicate if the tree will be planted on the street
  • Pickup your trees and attend an onsite planting & care workshop
  • Only plant trees in approved locations- trees must be planted at the address on the application. Street trees must be planted in approved and marked locations.
  • Properly plant trees in the ground (no pots!)
  • Assume all future maintenance & responsibility (summer watering, raking, pruning, mulching, etc.)

Planting Street Trees

What's a street tree? A street tree is planted in the public right-of-way, usually in the planting strip (space between sidewalk and road) or in the space approximately 10 feet from the curb or roadside, in the absence of sidewalks.

To make sure street trees are planted in locations where they will not interfere with underground sewer, water, and gas lines or 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. All street tree applications are due by August 10th.


Check out the Frequently Asked Questions to see if your question has already been answered. If not, we’re here to help!

Contact us at TreesForNeighborhoods@Seattle.gov or 206-684-3979.




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