Seattle reLeaf: Free Trees for Neighborhoods

August 6, 2014 6:00am

Tulip Tree, one of the varieties available, via Wikipedia

Since 2009, the City of Seattle reLeaf program has brought free trees to Seattle’s neighborhood streets and residents. The program has given out more than 4,000 trees so far, ranging from cherry trees, douglas firs, oaks and more.

According to the program’s website, trees increase the livability of neighborhoods by creating quieter, more pedestrian-friendly streets, control heat, help to clean the air and control rainwater runoff.

While the trees are free, the program requires recipients to undergo training in the care of the trees, and the trees must be planted on the property that received them. Some trees areĀ sold out already, but there are many varieties left including tulip trees (see image).

The deadline for “street trees,” that is, trees planted in the grass strip next to the street is August 25, so get your application in soon to ensure you get the types of tree you want.

Need a tree for your yard? Household tree requests are due October 10.

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