NeighborWoods Tree Planting Program
NeighborWoods has planted over 10,500 trees since 2003!
The NeighborWoods program fosters a partnership between the City of Raleigh and its' citizens toward planting and caring for street trees in residential neighborhoods. Through the program, the City gives free trees to residents in exchange for planting and caring for the trees.
Am I Eligible?
There are 3 requirements to receive free trees through the NeighborWoods tree planting program:
- Residence must be located within the Raleigh city limits.
- Trees must be planted within the City's rights of way as a street tree.
- Pledge to plant, water, and mulch the tree for at least 2 years.
To participate We must assess your right of way. Contact the Tree Planting Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-996-4115.
Be sure to give us your address and we will put you on the request list.
City staff identify rights-of-ways that are in need of trees. Neighborhoods with the least trees are selected first. We also welcome requests!
The planting sites are evaluated based upon distance to signs, intersections, utilities, light poles, water meters, and storm drains. In addition, we look at the site for it's ability to grow a happy tree and then suggest the appropriate type of tree for that location.
If the spot is suitable, we put a white paint dot on the curb and place a Free Tree flag where the tree must be planted. If you see a flag in your yard, locate the door hanger we also left with all the relevant information.
The door hanger explains NeighborWoods and asks the resident to choose the type of tree they prefer from those ones recommended. The door hanger explains that the resident is responsible for planting, watering and mulching the tree.
There is a detachable postage paid card attached to the door hanger. If the postcard is filled out and returned to us then the resident is added to the list to receive a free tree in the next planting season!
All NeighborWoods trees are selected for superior form, disease resistance, and urban tolerance.
If you do not see the tree that has been offered to you on the list or if you just want want more information about your tree, visit the NC State Tree Facts website.
City staff delivers the tree with planting and maintenance instructions. City staff will also periodically prune and monitor the tree's performance.
Maintenance for your new Tree
Small Trees Available
These trees will mature at a height around 15 to 35 ft and are appropriate to plant under power lines.
- Carolina silverbell
- Chinese pistache
- Chinese fringe tree
- Fringe tree
- Eastern redbud
- Oklahoma redbud
- Flowering cherry
- Hedge maple
- Japanese maple
- Kousa dogwood
Medium trees available
These trees will mature at a height around 40 to 45 ft.
- Chinese elm
- European hornbeam
- Trident maple
Large trees available
These trees will mature at a height over 60 ft and are inappropriate to plant under power lines.
- American elm
- Bald cypress
- Black gum
- Fruitless Sweetgum
- Red Maple
- River birch
- Sugar maple
- Tulip poplar
NeighborWoods purchases all trees with donations!
Keep in mind that this is a truly cooperative effort... all trees are purchased with donations!
If you wish to send us a donation, print out the donation form and return it to: 4225 Daly Rd. | Raleigh, NC 27604