Denver Digs Trees

The Denver Digs Trees program helps residents cultivate greener, healthier, more livable communities. Over the past 30+ years, we are delighted to have provided more than 49,000 free and low-cost trees to Denver residents.  

Trees are available for planting both on public and private property.

We offer a variety of species specially selected for Colorado's climate and the urban environment.


**ATTENTION: The 2017 application deadline has passed**

But wait, there's good news...

 
As application processing continues, trees will become available. If you'd like to be put on the waitlist, please complete the form below and return it to us as soon as possible.  Trees will be assigned based on species availability, in the order they were received. 
 
The more flexible you are on the species, the higher the likelihood you will be able to get a tree this spring. So, be sure to fill in the section called "If my 1st choice of species is not available."
 
Denver Digs Trees will also be hosting our annual Arbor Day Tree Sale on April 15th offering a variety of beautiful fruiting, flowering, and shade trees (for planting on private property only).  These trees will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and non-Denver residents are welcome to shop the sale too.  The sale will be from noon to 2pm at both Sloan's Lake and City Park.  Check back for more details about the Arbor Day Tree Sale.
 
 
Return ASAP! **
Fax:  303.722.8812
Mail: 1510 S. Grant St. Denver, CO 80210
 
**Be sure to save the pdf as a new file called  "2017_Tree Application_YourLastName" BEFORE filling in the fields, or you will lose your data.  (Seriously, save the pdf BEFORE typing any info!)
 
Please be aware that completing a waitlist application does not guarantee you will receive a tree. 
 
 

Helpful Info:

Denver Digs Trees focuses on providing medium and large sized shade trees for planting within the City of Denver.

ALL Denver residents, businesses, nonprofit organizations and schools are eligible to apply.

For each tree you request, you MUST identify whether it is a 'Street Tree' or a 'Yard Tree' (more details below). You may apply for 'Street Trees,' 'Yard Trees,' or both!

  • 'Street Trees' are for planting along the street (in the public right-of-way)

These trees may be planted either in the 'tree lawn' (area between the sidewalk and the curb) or, in the absence of a tree lawn, at a distance of 10 feet from the curb. In many cases, the public right-of-way extends into your yard!

  • 'Yard Trees' are for planting in your yard (on private property)

These trees may be planted in front, back, or side yards. At a site without a 'tree lawn' these are any trees planted 11 feet or more from the curb. 

Not sure how to care for your tree? We provide free planting and care guides, as well as offer free planting and care workshops to all tree recipients.

All trees planted through Denver Digs Trees support the Be A Smart Ash campaign/effort to proactively plant our city forest in the face of the Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive pest that threatens to kill 330,000 ash trees in Denver - that's 1 in 6 trees in our community!

Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 15th

Tree Distribution Day: Saturday, April 15th

 

Tree Fees:

On average, each tree costs The Park People $125 to provide. However, our generous sponsors help to subsidize much of this expense so you pay less for your tree!  The bottom line: we're thrilled to be able to offer these trees to you at a very discounted price.

Thanks to the valuable support of the Denver Office of the City Forester:

All 'Street Trees' are FREE OF CHARGE in 2017!

Free and low-cost 'Yard Trees' are also available.  The per tree fee is based upon the neighborhood in which the tree will be planted.

Standard 'Yard Tree' Fee: $35 per tree

Target Neighborhood 'Yard Tree' Fee:  $10 per tree**

Applicants facing finacial hardship may request a 'Treeship' to receive free 'Yard Trees' 

 

**  Lower tree-canopy 'Target' neighborhoods are:  Athmar Park, Auraria, Baker, Barnum, Barnum West, Chaffee Park, Clayton, Cole, College View/South Platte, East Colfax, Elyria-Swansea, Five Points, Globeville, Green Valley Ranch, Jefferson Park, Lincoln Park, Mar Lee, Montbello, Northeast Park Hill, Overland, Ruby Hill, Skyland, Sun Valley, Valverde, Villa Park, West Colfax, Westwood, and Whittier.  Click here to FIND OUT WHICH NEIGHBORHOOD YOU LIVE IN

 

 Resources:

Planting Instructions                Tree Care Guidelines               Frequently Asked Questions 

 

Arbor Day Tree Sale

  • For planting in your yard (on private property)

Missed the deadline? Want fruiting or flowering trees?  Live outside of the City and County of Denver?  Good news...  In addition to the Denver Digs Trees distribution, we'll also host our Arbor Day Tree Sale on April 15th from noon to 2pm. A variety of beautiful ornamental and shade trees will be available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis. Arrive early as availabilty is limited.  These trees are $45-$65, depending on species and stock type. Proceeds help support our efforts to add more trees to our community!

Check back later for more details on species and sale time.

 

The sale supports our organization and our mission to preserve, enhance, and advocate for Denver's park, recreation resources, open space, and urban forest!

 

Yard Trees

  • For planting in your yard (on private property)

These trees may be planted in front, back, or side yards. At a site without a 'tree lawn' these are any trees planted 11 feet or more from the curb. 

Yard trees can shade and reduce the amount of energy needed to cool your home, which results in lower energy bills and less carbon released into the atmosphere. These trees also enhance property values, buffer noise, and provide shelter for birds and other wildlife.

Street Trees

  • For planting along the street (in the public right-of-way)

These trees may be planted either in the 'tree lawn' (area between the sidewalk and the curb) or, in the absence of a tree lawn, at a distance of 10 feet from the curb. **Did you know? In many cases, the public right-of-way extends into your yard!

Street trees beautify our neighborhoods and improve our quality of life, including traffic calming, decreased crime, improved air and water quality, and enhanced property values.

 

 

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