Tree Give Aways
TThe City's Sustainability Action Plan promotes increasing tree canopy across the City. While the City continues to expand tree canopy on public lands, the residents of the City are important partners in this effort. Periodically, opportunities are available for residents to receive free trees from the City to plant on their own properties. Learn about current opportunities and see what we've done in the past on this page.
Why plant trees?
- Trees save energy by reducing ambient temperatures and shading buildings.
- Trees absorb pollutants from the air, including carbon dioxide.
- Trees capture rainwater and increase infiltration rates, reducing stormwater related flooding.
- Trees make your landscaping more water-efficient.
- Trees raise property values, decrease traffic speeds, and reduce crime.
- Trees have been shown to reduce stress and increase creativity.
- Trees, particularly native trees, provide valuable habitat for animals.
- Increasing trees on residential property is an important strategy for meeting the City's goal of 28% tree canopy.
Remember that your trees should be maintained properly to be healthy and resilient to storms. Learn more on the Sustainable Tree Maintenance page.
Keep checking back for the next opportunity for Boca Raton residents! Want to make sure you get notified? Sign up for the Sustainability Newsletter and receive advanced announcements of future tree give away programs.
Past Tree Give Away Programs
May 7th, 2022 - Project Shade Tree
The Beautification Committee, Recreation Services, the Office of Sustainability, and Community Greening celebrated National Arbor Day by hosting Project Shade Tree. In 2022 the program ran as a traditional tree give away. 120 trees were provided to Boca Raton residents including Simpson Stopper, Gumbo Limbo, and mangos.
October 16th - Boca Raton Arbor Day and Community Gardens
Community Greening hosted two tree give away programs, one at the Junior League of Boca Raton's Community Garden and the other at the Pearl City Community Garden. Two hundred trees were given away to City residents.
April 2021 - Project Shade Tree
While not a traditional give away, project shade tree allows residents to choose from larger trees and have them professionally installed at a discounted price thanks to a match provided by the City's Beautification Committee, Recreation Services, and the Office of Sustainability.
October 2020 is Tree Month in Boca Raton! Throughout the month of October residents were encouraged to visit the City's newest trees and send in pictures, poems, artwork, or anything else inspired by the trees. The City's Office of Sustainability, in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, joined in the fun by mailing a tree to resident's houses. Over the course of November and December 200 trees were mailed to residents including Bald Cypress, Crape Myrtle, Dahoon Holly, Live Oak, and Sweet-bay Magnolia.
The Fall 2020 tree give away will provide cumulative 20 year benefits including 3,369 pounds of air pollutants absorbed, $108,809 in combined energy and community benefits, 1.3 million pounds of carbon sequestered, over 6 million gallons of stormwater filtered, and 265,889 kwh of energy saved. This will be accomplished by 195 homeowners, 200 trees, and only $4,000 of public money invested.
Learn more about the Arbor Day Foundation at Arborday.org.
In June of 2020 the City of Boca Raton office of Sustainability, Recreation Services Department, and the Beautification Committee hosted a drive through tree give away. The City gave away 200 native and fruit trees at Sand Pine Park. Thank you to Community Greening (communitygreening.org) for providing the trees and running the event.
In October 2019 the City of Boca Raton gave away 100 trees at Countess de Hornle Park. With options of native and fruit bearing trees, the give away was very popular with all trees distributed within 40 minutes. Thank you to Community Greening (communitygreening.org) for providing the trees and running the event.