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Tree Planting Opportunities

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Portland is working hard to grow its urban forest. The City offers free or subsidized trees through the programs listed below. Each program operates on its 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.

Yard Tree Giveaway


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 out Priority Planting to see which neighborhoods are currently selected for planting.

Free Street Trees


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.

Private Property Tree Planting


Trees for Schools

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.

Learning Landscapes


Treebate and Clean River Rewards

Through Treebate, you can receive a one-time credit on your City of Portland combined water bill (sewer, stormwater, water service) 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 your regular water bill.

Treebate Program


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.

Parks and Public Space Tree Planting


Resources to Plant Trees on Your Own

Apply for a Tree Planting Permit

Permits are required to plant trees in the street right-of-way. For details, see Planting Permits.

Permits are not required to plant trees on private property.

Select the Right Tree for the Location

See Tree Species and Planting Lists.

If you are planting a street tree, select a tree from the right list for your planting site. 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 that sell trees. See Where to Purchase Trees.

Plant Your Tree Properly

See How to Plant Properly.

Need Help?

Hire a qualified Local Tree Care Provider to assist you. See Local Tree Care Providers.