Ann Arbor begins planting 10,000 trees with free Arbor Day freebies

ANN ARBOR, me. – Ann Arbor, nicknamed Tree Town, is known for its green spaces and, of course, its trees.

From April 30th to May 2nd, the city of Ann Arbor is giving away free trees to residents to plant on privately owned property during several giveaway events over Arbor Day weekend.

The giveaways were developed by the Ann Arbor City Department for Sustainability and Innovation and are part of the city’s 10,000 Trees Initiative, which recognizes the importance of the city’s urban canopy.

The initiative aims to plant 10,000 new trees on private property by 2030, the city said, and is part of the A2Zero plan for carbon neutrality.

Residents can help increase the canopy in the city and make the canopy more resilient by planting trees on their properties.

Register for free trees using this form by April 26th.


On the day of the giveaway, community members must collect their trees from the construction site and load them into their vehicles. According to the city, delivery options are available for those with mobility or access problems.

Care and planting information is provided along with the young trees.

Trees Available through the Initiative were donated to or purchased by the City of Ann Arbor. The young trees available during Arbor Day weekend events were donated by the Washtenaw County Conservation District and Brines Farm, the city said.

Here you can collect trees:

  • Bryant Community Center – Friday, April 30th, 4pm to 7pm

  • Peace Neighborhood Center – Saturday, May 1st, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • UM Campus Farm / Matthaei Botanical Garden – Saturday, May 1st, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Forestbrooke Athletic Club – Sunday, May 2, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Leslie Science & Nature Center – Sunday, May 2, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Currently, spruce trees will be available during the freebies.

Conifer species, such as those given away, are less likely to be harmed by the appearance of the Brood X cicada in May and June, the city said.

Read: Ann Arbor Gets Ready For The Brood X Cicada


Residents who want additional trees can participate in the BranchOut Group Buy program, which offers discounted trees to residents of 10,000 tree nurseries and landscapers from the Trees Initiative. Participants hosting a BranchOut event will be accompanied by staff from the city and a partner kindergarten to discuss tree care and answer questions.

If you’re interested in a BranchOut event, email Sean Reynolds, Urban Trees Initiative coordinator, at [email protected]

Find out more about the 10,000 Trees Initiative, free tree giveaways and the BranchOut Group Buy program here.

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