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Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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Free Yard Trees

Spring is almost here! We will be giving away over 100 free trees at Arbor Day!

The trees will be available on a first-come, first-served basis on Saturday, April 21, from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. It's at the beautiful Mt. Scott Park. Here is a map. Just a few simple rules to follow. Here's the low-down for getting up to two trees:

  • 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 must be planted within the City of Portland

  • Limit of two trees per household

  • Trees are not to be used for planting permit requirements

  • Trees are not to be used in conjunction with the Treebate program sponsored by Bureau of Environmental Services


Yard Tree Species Information
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, grocery cart 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. Here is a list of tree offerings at Arbor Day!

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.

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If you have a question in the meantime, please contact us at or call 503-823-4025