Street Trees

Grow Philly’s Urban Forest. Request a free street tree for your property today.

Street trees are an important part of making our city cleaner and greener. Planted in sidewalks and other public rights-of-way, street trees beautify neighborhoods, reduce energy costs, and clean our air. PPR’s Street Tree Team offers a full-service planting operation, from inspection and species selection to concrete cuts and tree planting – all for free!

How to Get a Street Tree

There are multiple ways to get a free street tree – or trees! – planted in front of your home, business, or other property. Get more information below!

Request a Tree From Parks & Rec

Property owners, including both residential and commercial properties, can request free street trees from Philadelphia Parks & Recreation. For updates on the status of your request, please contact our Street Tree Team at (215) 685-4362 or (215) 685-4363

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Hire a Certified Arborist

Property owners who want a street tree within a shorter timespan are encouraged to hire a certified arborist at their own expense. All street tree plantings must be done by certified arborists with a permit obtained from Philadelphia Parks & Recreation. For more information, please contact please contact our Street Tree Team at (215) 685-4362.

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Participate in a Volunteer Planting

If you would like to participate in a volunteer tree planting or have your street tree planted by neighborhood volunteers, please contact the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Tree Tenders program.

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Tree Tenders

Street Tree Care

Urban trees are not growing in their natural environment, so they do best when they get a little extra love and care. We will water and mulch your tree for the first year after planting. After the first year, we encourage you to continue watering your young tree 20 gallons every week from March through December and to reapply organic, composted mulch regularly. Learn more here.

Street Tree Pruning, Removal, and Replacement

If your new street tree planted by PPR dies within one year of planting, we will remove and replace it during the next planting season. Philadelphia Parks & Recreation also prunes and removes hazard trees on sidewalks and in the public right-of-way. We do not remove living, healthy trees. Learn more here.