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Grit City Trees

The 2019 Grit City Trees Application Period Extended to September 20, 2019

Tacoma Urban Forestry is excited to offer free street trees to qualified Tacoma residents to plant in their right-of-ways this fall. Applications are now available.


Thank you for your interest in helping Tacoma reach its goal of 30% canopy cover by 2030. As a part of Tacoma’s Environmental Action Plan the City of Tacoma is continuing the Grit City Tree program to encourage tree plantings in Tacoma neighborhoods.  Adding more trees to neighborhoods is proven to help with cooling, reduce stormwater runoff, act as noise barriers, fight climate change, and data shows that tree lined streets are safer.


Residences, schools, and other private properties offer a vital opportunity to cultivate a healthy urban forest in the City of Tacoma. While not required, we encourage you to talk with your neighbors and community about Grit City Trees and to organize group plantings. In addition to a healthy urban forest, Grit City Trees aims to cultivate healthy Tacoma communities!


Apply Now-Grit City Trees Application


Need help deciding which type of tree to select? Check out the 2019 Tree Selection Guide. 

For questions about the application, please contact Tacoma Urban Forestry at trees@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 502-2138 prior to the application deadline.


If you would like a neighborhood application and would benefit from support, contact Tacoma Tree Foundation at info@tacomatrees.org.


Timeline and Deadlines 

August - September 2019
  • Application deadline extended to Friday, September 20, 2019, for both group and individual applications.
  • Applications received after these dates may be placed on a wait list before consideration.
September 2019
  • The City of Tacoma reviews applications.
  • Confirmations will be sent to property owners with tree distribution details.
October 2019
  • Trees will be available at the City of Tacoma tree nursery for pick-up by approved individual applicants to be planted in their right-of-way.
  • Tree delivery to approved neighborhood groups is available courtesy of Washington Conservation Corps.
Need Planting Assistance?
The Pierce Conservation District can, on a case-by-case basis, offer delivery and planting help to participants who need physical assistance or lack access to a vehicle. To inquire about this service, please call (253) 845-9770 Ext. 109 or email melissab@piercecd.org.



  • Grit City Trees are available to Tacoma residents only.
  • Trees are available to plant in the right-of-way adjacent to your property only.
  • Preference will be given to applications from historically underserved neighborhoods, neighborhood planting groups, and those who plant large shade trees - where appropriate.
  • Small trees are available only to those whose planting space is limited by area and/or overhead utilities (see application for additional information).
  • Limited quantities of each tree species are available. We will do our best to accommodate your preference, but cannot guarantee your first choice of trees.
  • Grit City Trees are not for resale.
For the best chance of success with your new street trees carefully read the information available on our Planting and Growing web page.


Submit Applications

Fill out and complete the Grit City Trees Application (PDF) by the deadlines listed above and email completed applications to trees@cityoftacoma.org or mail/drop it off at 326 East D Street, Tacoma, WA 98421.


Planting Priority Areas

Priority Planting Areas