How to Get a Free Tree for Your Property in Philly

Parks and Rec has announced open registration for TreePhilly’s spring giveaway program.

Photo courtesy of TreePhilly.

Ever get the feeling that there’s not enough greenery on your property? If so, the folks over at TreePhilly want to help bring some more life to your home this spring.

In partnership with the Fairmount Park Conservancy and TD Bank, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation on Monday announced that registration is now open for the Spring 2018 TreePhilly Yard Tree Giveaways. The initiative was established in response to former mayor Michael Nutter’s Greenworks goal for each city neighborhood to have at least 30 percent tree canopy coverage. Since it started in 2015, the TreePhilly program has provided more than 19,000 free trees to Philly residents each spring and fall.

“Increasing Philadelphia’s tree canopy is essential to increasing the quality of our neighborhoods,” Mayor Kenney said in a release. “Which is why I am inviting Philadelphia homeowners to help us improve our city’s air and water quality by planting a free TreePhilly yard tree on their property. We cannot reach our goals of increasing the tree canopy in all our neighborhoods without their help.”

The trees are available to any Philadelphia property owner wishing to plant one on their private yard or lawn. They are not meant for public sidewalks. Registration is open through April 8th, and a variety of species are available – including large shade trees, small flowering trees, and fruit trees. A full list of available trees can be found here.

Interested residents are encouraged to pre-register to pick up their free yard tree at the Treephilly signature giveaway event at the Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center (700 Cobbs Creek Parkway) on April 14th. Two other giveaway events will accept walk-ins on a first-come, first-serve basis. They are:

Parkway Central Library, partnership with the Free Library
Wednesday, April 4th, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
1901 Vine Street

Arbrew Day, partnership with Yards Brewing Co.
Friday, April 20th, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Devil’s Den – 1148 South 11th Street
  • Dawson Street Pub – 100 Dawson Street
  • Frankford Hall – 1210 Frankford Avenue
  • London Grill – 2301 Fairmount Avenue
  • Grey Lodge – 6235 Frankford Avenue
  • Whole Foods Market Center City – 2101 Pennsylvania Avenue
  • Whole Foods Market South Street – 929 South Street