Free Shade Trees

Reforest Montgomery’s free tree program aims to increase tree canopy in urban and urbanizing areas of Montgomery County. Properties in Montgomery County’s priority funding areas are eligible to apply for free trees from Reforest Montgomery. Priority funding areas are home to 98% of the county’s residents, but just 36% of the county’s tree canopy. By working together to plant trees in these urban and urbanizing areas, we can cool buildings, prevent flooding, reduce stress, and improve quality of life for all County residents.

Applications for fall plantings are accepted starting February 1 of each year, while applications for spring plantings are accepted starting October 1 of each year. Applications are considered on a first come, first served basis only until slots are filled for the season. Reforest Montgomery does not keep a waitlist, but you can re-apply during the next application period. If your application is accepted, trees are not guaranteed; a site evaluation will be scheduled to confirm that your property can accommodate one or more trees.

To see if your property is eligible for free trees through Reforest Montgomery, enter your address in the eligibility map below. If your property is within one of the priority funding areas shown, you are eligible to apply for free trees from Reforest Montgomery. You can apply here. Please submit an application only if you are ready to have trees planted on your property during the planting season you are applying for.

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Reforest Montgomery works closely with Tree Montgomery, a program of the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection, to provide free trees to owners of property within Montgomery County. If your application is not accepted by Reforest Montgomery, Tree Montgomery may be able to provide you with free trees.

If your application is not accepted, or if your property is not eligible for this program, you can:

For more information about this program and the shade trees currently offered, see Reforest Montgomery’s Steps to Free Shade Trees and the Reforest Montgomery Shade Tree Selection List.

  • Before and after photos showing shade tree growth
    A Southern magnolia fills a previously open area and adds privacy between a driveway and a busy road.
  • Before and after photos showing shade tree growth
    An 8 foot tall evergreen Southern magnolia begins to provide privacy by the edge of a yard.
  • Before and after photos showing shade tree growth
    A young Southern magnolia planted in Fall 2020 expands the forest edge on this park-adjacent property.
  • Before and after photos showing shade tree growth
    This young kousa dogwood will eventually shade a previously open yard.
  • This Southern magnolia will provide year-round greenery at the edge of a yard.
    This Southern magnolia will provide year-round greenery at the edge of a yard.
  • Before and after photos showing shade tree growth
    A London planetree fills an unshaded area by the edge of a property just after planting in Winter 2020.
  • Before and after photos showing shade tree growth
    A black gum tree shows off its fall leaves two weeks after planting in Fall 2020.
  • Before and after photos showing shade tree growth
    Two American hollies begin to fill in the understory of a shaded area.
  • A black gum and an American hornbeam begin to shade a previously open area in front of a home.
    A black gum and an American hornbeam begin to shade a previously open area in front of a home.
  • A newly planted black gum tree on a corner lot will ultimately offer some much-needed shade.
    A newly planted black gum tree on a corner lot will ultimately offer some much-needed shade.
  • A pin oak fills a previously unplanted area in Spring 2021.
    A pin oak fills a previously unplanted area in Spring 2021.
  • A black gum tree will provide privacy and shade at the edge of this sunny yard.
    A black gum tree will provide privacy and shade at the edge of this sunny yard.
  • This flowering dogwood begins to replace canopy lost after a large tree died nearby.
    This flowering dogwood begins to replace canopy lost after a large tree died nearby.
  • An American hornbeam begins to leaf out and offer shade.
    An American hornbeam begins to leaf out and offer shade.

 
Note: This program was formerly known as Shades of Green.

Last Updated: July 28, 2021