Seattle reLeaf Program Offering Free Trees, Training on Planting, & Waterbags

reLeaf_mainSeattle reLeaf’s Trees for Neighborhoods program is giving away free trees to Seattle residents. Through the program, participants receive up to four trees, free watering bags for each tree, training on proper tree planting and maintenance, and exciting workshop opportunities on topics like young tree pruning. Since 2009, Seattle residents have planted 3,300 trees through Trees for Neighborhoods on private property, including fruit trees, evergreen trees, street trees, and small trees under power lines.

  • Free trees (up to 4 per household)
  • Watering bags
  • Training on proper planting and care
  • Ongoing care reminders and workshop opportunities on topics like young tree pruning.

The reLeaf program is aimed at replacing much of the urban canopy which has been lost in the last several decades to either development, old age or other pruning.

Seattle’s Urban Forestry program is part of the City’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions and part of the city’s efforts to improve the urban environment.  Trees help in many ways:

  • Trees clean out the air, making it easier to breathe;
  • Trees make our streets friendly to walk and bike;
  • hTrees soak up rainwater, keeping our streams, lakes and Puget Sound clean;
  • Trees calm traffic, helping to avoid accidents.

Program applications will be accepted beginning on July 31, applications available at

All applications for street trees are due by September 1 and applications for yard trees are due by October 11.  Planting workshops are scheduled for October 19 and November 3.


This year, the Trees for Neighborhood application will open on Wednesday, July 31st. The program is offering thirteen tree species, including Galaxy Magnolia, Tall Stewartia, Emerald Sunshine Elm, Mountain Hemlock, and June Snow Dogwood. The complete 2013 tree list can be found at  Residents should apply early as many species will be claimed quickly!

Important Dates:

  • July 31st – Application opens
  • September 1st – Street tree applications due
  • October 11th – Yard tree applications due
  • October 19th or November 3rd – Attend a planting workshop and pickup your trees at the University of Washington’s Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St., Seattle, 98105

Urban trees are important for cleaning our water and air, storing carbon, and building community. Trees also calm traffic, making our streets friendly to walk and bike. Larger trees provide the greatest benefits to neighborhoods and our environment because they absorb more storm water, breathe in more carbon dioxide, and breathe out more oxygen than smaller trees. If space allows, Seattle reLeaf recommends residents plant larger trees whenever appropriate. This year, consider planting one of the larger trees offered through the program, such as an Oriental Spruce, Austrian Pine, or native Mountain Hemlock!

Interested residents should visit for more information about the program and a link to this year’s application, opening on July 31st. Questions about the program should be directed to or 206-615-1668.

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