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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 5000
Portland, Oregon 97201

503-823-TREE (8733)

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Free Yard Trees from Urban Forestry

Get Free Trees For Your Yard This Fall

We will be giving away 1,200 trees in fall 2020!
SIGN UP HERE to get an email reminder when registration opens. 

Limit 2 free trees per household.
Trees must be planted inside Portland city limits.

Why Trees? 
Trees provide essential services for all Portlanders. Planting trees in yards keeps us and our homes cool during the hottest months and helps collect storm water during the winter. They also clean the air, buffer noise, reduce crime and improve our health. On top of all of this, they provide year round beauty. 


  • Trees must be planted within  City of Portland corporate boundaries
  • Limit of two trees per household
  • Trees are for planting on private property in front, side or back yards (trees may not be planted in containers or in the sidewalk as street trees)
  • Trees are not to be used for planting permit requirements

Available Trees
We offer a variety of trees ranging from medium to large in size and include native, conifer, evergreen, and deciduous species. All trees should fit in a car/truck or make a nice companion on the bus! When choosing a species, please consider the available space in your yard for roots and branches as well as how much sun your yard gets each day. 

Click here to a look at some of the tree species we gave away at the fall 2019 events!

Planting Location
Yard trees should be planted a minimum of 10 feet from any side of your house, two feet from property lines or five feet from a driveway or water meter. For advice on where in your yard to plant your tree, check out Right Tree, Right Place from the Arbor Day Foundation.

Planting and Care

We will be demonstrating how to plant a tree at the giveaway so you know exactly how to plant your container tree. We’ll send you home with a free watering bucket filled with mulch and educational materials that will reinforce our demonstration to help you properly care for your tree. You can also download and print the guide on Yard Tree Planting and Care.

Free Planting and Delivery for People with Limited Mobility
Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry will provide yard tree delivery and planting for Portlanders with limited mobility. Let us know at the event if you might need our help.

If you have a question in the meantime, please contact us at or call 503-823-4963.