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

For additional information, please visit:

New Trees Coming to 8th Ave NW

In November 2015, a neighbor contacted me regarding several trees that had been removed near the corner of 8th Ave NW and NW 47th Street.  The building at this corner, 4700 9th Ave NW, had just become a second location for Fremont Brewing.  The post caught the attention of Sara Nelson, Co-Founder of Fremont Brewing, and after a quick email exchange we spoke by phone.

Sara shared that the City of Seattle granted a permit to remove 11 trees that were either dead or dying, raising the sidewalk, and/or sending up shoots in the planting strip and Fremont Brewing was in the process of choosing replacement trees and would forward the new landscape plan once approved by the city.

8th and 47th

Corner of 8th and 47th before tree removal courtesy Google maps.

Today, I received an email from Sara that included Fremont Brewing’s landscape plan. The replacement trees were selected from Seattle Department of Transportation’s list of approved trees and were chosen because of their gorgeous foliage, interesting bark, and elegant structure. When mature, several of the trees will be over 40 feet tall.  Fremont Brewing’s plan is to purchase already-large trees to ensure they won’t be stolen and will have a quicker canopy effect on the streetscape.

The plan below shows that Fremont Brewing will be replacing the 11 original tree with 17 new ones.  The tree list shows one of my favorites, Pacific Sunset Maple, will be planted in spots identified as 1-4 & 17.  Pacific Sunset Maple, closely related to the Norwegian Sunset Maple which is heavily planted in Ballard, is known for it’s great fall foliage and hardiness. I am excited to see the corner once the plan is complete.

Sara closed by reaffirming Fremont Brewing’s commitment to sustainability and being a good neighbor.  You can read more about their commitment HERE.   If you have questions about the landscape plan, please email them to:

FREMONT Landscape Plan

Landscape plan provided by Fremont Brewing.