Trees For Neighborhoods Offering Free Trees

SDOT - Trees 03Trees 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.

Get a FREE tree of your own to help keep our city green!  Seattle’s Trees for Neighborhoods program is giving them away this October and November. To receive a FREE tree submit an application between July 18 and August 10, and you could win a FREE tree for your home or neighborhood.

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. Consider attending a Trees for Neighborhoods Tree & Site Selection Workshop in July to learn how to select the right tree for the right spot in your yard. Reserve your spot today!
  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 stature tree.
  3. Apply for trees starting Monday, July 18th through the online application, available HERE. This year’s application is a lottery; applications will be accepted between July 18th until 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, they’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.

Need assistance planting your new tree? Seattle ReLeaf will 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

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