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2021 Apply For Your Free Tree

Cincinnati Parks Releaf Program Starting August 21

2021 Apply For Your Free Tree

For the last 33 years, Cincinnati Parks’ Fall ReLeaf program has grown, improved and sustained the canopy coverage of our city. The highly successful effort has given away 20,000 free trees consisting of more than 40 species.

Interested in participating for 2021? This year’s application roll out looks different than years past. Thanks to our recent 2021 Tree Canopy Census, Cincinnati Parks is able to target neighborhoods with less than 40% tree canopy coverage. In an effort to increase tree canopy in those neighborhoods, applications will open first to neighborhoods with less than 40% tree canopy:

Mt. Adams (31%)
Walnut Hills (33%)
East End (30%)
Avondale (37%)
Lower Price Hill (20%)
Queensgate (10%)
West End (14%)
Over-the-Rhine (13%)
Downtown (7%)
Corryville (14%)
Pendleton (12%)
Camp Washington (8%)
Carthage(33%)
Hartwell (37%)
Roselawn (26%)
Bond Hill (25%)
Madisonville (36%)
Oakley (26%)
Evanston (31%)
Linwood (28%)

The Fall ReLeaf program was established to provide shade trees for homeowners whose curb lawns were too narrow for tree planting or for those with overhead utility lines. The program has blossomed to include community and school involvement, a more diverse tree species selection and backyard planting. This year’s program is made possible by our generous sponsors, MadTree Brewing, Macy’s and the Cincinnati Parks Foundation. Their support allows us to provide trees at a $75 value to Cincinnati property owners at no cost.

Click this link to register online.

  • Applications Open August 21, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. to low canopy neighborhoods (listed above)
  • Applications Open to all City of Cincinnati residents September 4, 2021 at 8:00 a.m.

The Park Board’s Natural Resource division works diligently to bring each residential neighborhood up to 40% tree canopy coverage to help improve the impacts of air pollution, urban heat island effect, residential energy demands, and storm water management. Just one large canopy deciduous tree, such as an oak or sycamore, can help control 400 to 1,000 gallons of stormwater through canopy interception. This benefits homeowners by adding shade, beauty, reducing soil erosion, and managing flooding from rainfall.

MadTree Brewing is sponsoring Cincinnati Parks Fall ReLeaf for the second year in a row. They seek to connect people to nature and to each other. They are beyond excited to partner with the Cincinnati Parks Fall ReLeaf program in making a direct, positive impact on their Oakley neighborhood, which is currently below the 40% tree canopy coverage goal for each neighborhood in Cincinnati. They embrace their namesake and work to celebrate and protect nature while reducing their impact on the environment. They are proud members of 1% for the Planet, with a commitment to donate 1% of sales to non-profits focused on environmental sustainability. MadTree Brewing. Inspiring Madness. Rooted In Purpose.

Help us meet our goals and improve our urban environment by planning to place an order for your free tree.

If you have any questions on selecting a tree please call 513-861-9070.

This Year’s Tree Selection List:

Eastern Redbud
Botanical Name: Cercis canadensis
Height and Spread: 20 ft by 30 ft
Growth Rate: Moderate
Crown Shape: Spreading
Light Requirements: Part Shade
Other: Flowers in early spring bright pink

Sugarberry
Botanical Name: Celtis Laevigata
Height and Spread: 75 ft by 75 ft
Growth Rate: Fast
Crown Shape: Broad
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Other: Good species for wildlife

Tuliptree
Botanical Name: Liriodendron tulipifera
Height and Spread: 80 ft by 60 ft
Growth Rate: Fast
Crown Shape: Narrow
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Other: Tulip-like flowers in late spring

Swamp White Oak
Botanical Name: Quercus bicolor
Height and Spread: 75 ft by 75 ft
Growth Rate: Moderate
Crown Shape: Spreading
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Other: Wide site adaptability

Baldcypress
Botanical Name: Taxodium distichum
Height and Spread: 75 ft by 35 ft
Growth Rate: Fast
Crown Shape: Narrow
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Other: Good for wet locations and very adaptable.

Red Maple
Botanical Name: Acer rubrum
Height and Spread: 70 ft by 55 ft
Growth Rate: Fast
Crown Shape: Spreading
Light Requirements: Full Sun to Part Shade
Other: Brilliant red fall color

Allegheny serviceberry
Botanical Name: Amelanchier laevis
Height and Spread: 20 ft by 20 ft
Growth Rate: Slow
Crown Shape: Spreading
Light Requirements: Part Shade
Other: White spring blooms and edible fruit for wildlife

Pawpaw
Botanical Name: Asimina triloba
Height and Spread: 20 ft by 15 ft
Growth Rate: Slow
Crown Shape: Pyramidal
Light Requirements: Full Shade to Part Shade
Other: Large fruit edible for the table or wildlife

Blue Beech a.k.a. Musclewood a.k.a. American Hornbeam
Botanical Name: Carpinus caroliniana
Height and Spread: 25 ft by 25 ft
Growth Rate: Slow
Crown Shape: Spreading
Light Requirements: Part Shade
Other: Unique bark pattern