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. TreePhilly does not coordinate street trees, but PPR’s Street Tree Management Division offers a full-service planting operation, from inspection and species selection to concrete cuts and tree planting – all for free!
If you are looking for a tree for private property, learn aboutgetting a yard tree.
There are three ways to get a street tree planted in front of your home, business, or other property. Get more information below about the three ways to get a single tree planted on the sidewalk!
Property owners, including both residential and commercial properties, can request free street trees from the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Street Tree Management Division. For updates on the status of your request or any other tree tree questions, please contact our Street Management Division at (215) 685-4363. Printable Request FormRequest a StreetTree Online
Property owners ar also permitted 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, and all tree species must be approved by the Street Tree Management Division. Approved trees can be found here For more information, contact our Street Tree Management Division at (215) 685-4363.Request QualifiedContractors List
Twice a year, volunteers at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Tree Tenders program organize street tree plantings across the city. If you would like to participate in a volunteer tree planting or have a free street tree planted by neighborhood volunteers, please contact the Tree Tenders group in your neighborhood. Click the button below for info:Contact PHSTree Tenders
If a 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. Philadelphia Parks & Recreation does not remove living, healthy trees.
Request Street TreeMaintenance Here PrintableRequest Form
Contact Philadelphia Parks & Recreation’s Street Tree Management DivisionPhone: (215)685-4363 and (215)685-4362