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 about getting 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 may plant a street tree at their own expense. All street tree plantings must be done by a certified arborist with a permit obtained from Philadelphia Parks & Recreation. Property owners must plant a tree species from the approved tree list. 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:Request a StreetTree from PHS
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