Community Tree Planting Program

The Purpose
Planting the right trees in the right locations along city streets provides environmental benefits and improves the "livability" of our city. To encourage this, the city is offering a free street tree planting program for property owners and businesses.

How It Works
Up to 250 free trees will be available (both spring and fall) for planting within the public right-of-way. The city's budget for this initiative will come from its Tree Fund. The trees are planted, maintained, and guaranteed (for one year) by the city's tree planting contractor. Forestry staff work with the property owner to determine the specific location based on the city's street tree ordinance guidelines.

Street trees are planted every spring and fall (spring planting occurs in late April/early May, fall planting in November). Quantities of some varieties are limited, so interested homeowners should order early. The deadline for ordering SPRING trees is the first Friday in March; the deadline for ordering FALL trees is the first Friday in September.

All trees are 2-inch caliper (stem diameter) and approximately 8-10 feet tall. For a listing of tree varieties that are normally available please visit the Street Tree List. Photos and descriptions of the trees are included on this web page. Please note that some varieties are not suitable for all locations.

Please use this order form to order your FREE STREET TREE. For additional information, please call the Parks and Natural Resources Office at 248.656.4673.

Community Canopy Program
The Purpose
Planting the right trees in the right locations on your private property provides environmental benefits and improves the Community Canopy of our city. To encourage this, the city is offering free trees to be sent to residents to plant on their property. Reserve yours by using the online tool at www.arborday.org/rochesterhills

How It Works
Up to 200 free trees will be available for residents to reserve through the arbor day foundation online tool. The city's budget for this initiative will come from its Tree Fund. The 1-4' tall trees are shipped to residents directly, where they will be planted and maintained by the homeowner.

Quantities of the available varieties are limited, so interested homeowners should order early. Orders for this fall can occur until November or trees run out.

Use this online tool to order your FREE TREE. For additional information, please call the Parks and Natural Resources Office at 248-656-4673.

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