Apply Now for a Free Tree

Treetop and trunk.Arlington property owners can add value to their real estate, lower their heating and cooling bills, and provide a new home for birds and butterflies by applying for a tree from Arlington County’s Tree Canopy Fund (TCF). The cost of the tree and its planting in fall 2018 is paid by the TCF.

The goal of the program is to plant more trees on private property within the county. Private property includes condominiums, apartment buildings, townhomes, single-family homes, non-profits (churches e.g.).  The chief requirement of those receiving trees is to properly care for them, especially watering the trees consistently for two years while they get established, then watering in following years whenever rainfall is inadequate.

We need your help growing the tree canopy!  Trees beautify and improve our environment. Trees are being lost as new homes sprout up around us. And a healthy, mature tree can add $8,000 to $9,000 to the value of your property while providing shade and other benefits.

Tree Steward volunteers are available to help you choose the right tree for your place. One will be assigned to you or your neighborhood if you email your name, contact information, address and civic association to:

If you wish to apply directly, do so at this link:

The trees available to choose from are listed here:
Red Maple (Acer rubrum)
River Birch (Betula nigra)
Common Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)
American Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis)
Pin Oak (Quercus palustris)
Swamp White Oak (Quercus bicolor)
American Holly (Ilex opaca)
Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora)

Species information and illustrations are here:

TCF Species 2018


All trees will be planted November 2018 through January 2019.
More information, including the program guidelines for 2018-2019, is available at

About TreeStewards

TreeStewards of Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia, are trained volunteers who work to protect, preserve, and enhance urban tree canopy through public education and volunteer activities such as planting, pruning, and caring for trees.
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