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Trees for Neighborhoods

Trees for Neighborhoods

Since 2009, Seattle residents have planted over 5,000 trees in their yard 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, our neighborhoods healthier, and our children inspired.

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

Applications for the 2014 Trees for Neighborhoods project are now closed. Sign up for our email list and we'll notify you next year when we announce the 2015 tree species and application opening date.


How it Works

  1. Apply for free trees through the online application (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 in your yard 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.

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, 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.

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


Check out the Frequently Asked Questions page. Can't find the answer to your question? We’re here to help! Don't hesitate to ask. Email or 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 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.

2013 Tree Species List

2014 Tree Species List

Why does the City of Seattle give out free trees?

The environmental, social, economic, and public health benefits of healthy urban forests are well documented. In recognition of this, the City of Seattle has set a goal to reach 30% canopy cover by 2037, an increase from our current 23%. However, 2/3 of the land in Seattle is privately owned residential property. This means that we cannot reach our canopy cover goal without the help of residents like you! Trees for Neighborhoods is the City’s way of engaging residents to plant and maintain healthy trees in their yards that will grow to provide benefits to everyone.


Want To Do More?

Check out a Tree Ambassador 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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