Free Urban Shade Trees

Reforest Montgomery’s free urban shade tree program aims to increase tree canopy in urban and urbanizing areas of Montgomery County. 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.

Properties in Montgomery County’s priority funding areas are eligible 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.

To see if your property is eligible for free urban shade trees through Reforest Montgomery, enter your address below:

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Is your property eligible for free urban shade trees? You can apply here. 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. After your application is submitted, a site evaluation will be scheduled to confirm that your property can accommodate one or more shade trees.

If your property is outside a priority funding area, 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
    This young kousa dogwood will eventually shade a previously open 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
    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.

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

Last Updated: March 9, 2021