Tree Planting Opportunities

Tupelo Planting October 2019
Portland is working hard to grow its urban forest and the city offers free or subsidized trees through the programs listed below. Each operates on their own timeline and may have restrictions, so check for details. Note these programs are only eligible for non-development planting projects.
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Yard Tree Giveaway from Urban Forestry

Receive two free yard trees per household from many available species. Trees must be planted in yards. Registration is required and opens annually in September for fall pick-up at locations around Portland.

Free Street Trees

Neighborhoods in highest need of tree canopy are selected for free street planting each year. Planting and three years of establishment care are included. There is no sign up for this program - city staff reach out directly to eligible property owners. Check the website to see which neighborhoods are currently selected for planting.

Free Trees for Multifamily, Commercial, and Industrial Properties 

Are you a multifamily, commercial, or industrial property owner? Environmental Services will work with you to plant trees for free on your property. In addition, we offer four years of tree care for the newly planted trees. Learn more about this private property tree planting opportunity.

School Trees

Receive planning, free trees, planting, and three years of establishment care at schools through the Learning Landscapes program. Students and volunteers plant trees alongside Urban Forestry staff. Applications are accepted year-round and tree plantings occur in spring.

Treebate and Clean River Rewards

Through Treebate, you can receive a one-time credit on your City of Portland sewer/ stormwater/ water bill for planting a tree in your home’s yard or garden. The program runs annually from September 1 to April 30, and trees must be purchased, planted, and applications submitted during that time. 

Planted trees in previous years? While they’re not eligible for Treebate, you may be eligible for Clean River Rewards — Portland’s stormwater discount program. If you have four or more trees that are more than 15 feet tall in your yard or garden, you may be eligible to save money on every sewer/ stormwater/ water bill.

Parks and Public Spaces

Propose a tree planting site at a park or other public space by submitting an interest form. Proposals should include interest in volunteer involvement. Interest forms are accepted year-round.

Resources to Plant Trees on Your Own

Apply for a tree planting permit if needed. Permits are required to plant street and city trees.

Select a great tree. Check out Portland’s Approved Street Tree Planting lists. If you are planting a street tree, select a tree from the right list. The lists are a great resource for other sites, as they feature trees that perform well in Portland’s climate.

Purchase a high-quality tree. See this list of local retail nurseries selling trees.

Plant your tree properly. See our guidelines on how to plant.

Need help? Hire a qualified Local Tree Care Provider to assist you. Here is a list of contractors who may provide this service.