The Trees for Neighborhoods program is happy to offer free trees to Seattle residents again this year. You can apply for up to four trees to plant in your yard (it is possible to plant in the parking strip, but you must let the program manager know to coordinate the required permit). There’s a great selection to choose from:
- Asian pear ‘Shinseiki’ (fruiting)
- Paperbark maple (Acer griseum)
- Eastern redbud (Cercis candandensis)
- Japanese snowbell (Styrax japonica ‘Snowcone’)
- Shore pine (Pinus contorta ‘Contorta’)
- Weeping Alaska cedar (Chamaecyparis nootkatensis ‘Glauca Pendula’)
- Rivers purple beech (Fagus sylvatica ‘Riversii’)
- Tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica ‘Wildfire’)
- Deodar cedar (Cedrus deodora)
- Western red cedar (Thuja plicata)
Tree supply is limited and applications will be accepted on a first come first served basis. Trees will be available for pick up starting in late October. In addition to your tree(s), you will receive a watering bag for each tree, training on proper planting and care, and a coupon for a free bag of Gro-Co compost.
Seattle currently has 23% tree cover and a goal to reach 30% tree cover – and gain the many benefits that go along with trees. But we can’t reach that goal without the help and support of Seattle’s residents!