Whether you call it the tree yard, road verge, or just the space between the side­walk and the street, that space can be a great place to plant a tree. City of Pitts­burgh res­i­dents have two paths for plant­i­ng street trees, out­lined below.

All Alleghe­ny Coun­ty res­i­dents are encour­aged to pur­sue Tree­Vi­tal­ize plant­i­ngs. To plant a street tree out­side the City of Pitts­burgh, check with your local bor­ough or town­ship leadership.

TreeVitalize Pittsburgh

Tree­Vi­tal­ize is a pro­gram cre­at­ed by the Penn­syl­va­nia Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion and Nat­ur­al Resources (DCNR). The pro­gram launched in Pitts­burgh in the spring of 2008 with Alleghe­ny Coun­ty Parks, City of Pitts­burgh, Tree Pitts­burgh, and West­ern Penn­syl­va­nia Con­ser­van­cy as part­ners lead­ing the effort to plant 20,000 trees in Alleghe­ny County.

In the Fall of 2013, the part­ners cel­e­brat­ed plant­i­ng the 20,000th tree near Point State Park. A large swamp white oak (Quer­cus bicol­or) was plant­ed in the medi­an near the park.

To apply for a street tree through Tree­Vi­tal­ize, vis­it

Street Tree Applications

In addi­tion to Tree­Vi­tal­ize, res­i­dents can receive a tree from the City of Pitts­burgh in a few ways. You can request for the City to plant a tree by fill­ing out a Tree Plant­i­ng Request Form. This request doesn’t guar­an­tee a tree, but adds your name to the list. The City of Pitts­burgh will per­form an analy­sis and deter­mine if your prop­er­ty can sup­port a tree and select the right tree for the right place.

You can also plant a tree your­self. Before you grab the shov­el, note that the City of Pitts­burgh will still need to per­form an analy­sis to deter­mine if your prop­er­ty can sup­port a tree. While this option allows you to select your species, the City will pro­vide a list of accept­able trees for your location.

All tree work, includ­ing plant­i­ng trees, requires a per­mit from the City of Pitts­burgh. You can learn more on their web­site, linked here.

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