Tree Adoption registrations now open

Get a tree (or two) for your yard through our Tree Adop­tion program!

Add beau­ty to your land­scape with trees from Tree Pitts­burgh. We select those that are either native or proven hardy for our region.

For our final two events, we have increased the reg­is­tra­tion lim­it to 6 trees per household!

Tree Adoption Events — Fall 2022

Our tree adop­tion events are “sold out” this fall! Thank you for your inter­est, and we’ll see you in the spring.

There may be trees avail­able at the end of our final adop­tion Thurs­day, Novem­ber 10 at Tree Pitts­burgh. Stop down at 7 p.m. to see if any trees remain!

Fall 2022 Tree Species

Eleven tree species are up for adop­tion this fall. Please note that not every tree is avail­able at each loca­tion. You can read more about them in this Fall 2022 Pub­lic Adop­tions PDF or see a brief descrip­tion below:

Tree Adoption FAQs

How big are the trees at pickup?
This year we will have two dif­fer­ent sizes of trees. The major­i­ty of the trees will be 2 quart sized, 3″ diam­e­ter and 9″ deep. There will be a few trees in 2 gal­lon con­tain­ers, mea­sur­ing 8 3/4” in diam­e­ter and 8 ½” deep. All trees will fit in your vehicle.

How do I plant my tree?
Once you receive your tree, you’ll need to know how to plant it! We’ve cre­at­ed a video and a fly­er to guide you through plant­i­ng your tree.

What species should I choose and how do I know the right place to plant on my property?
When choos­ing a species and where to plant it, it’s impor­tant to con­sid­er a few fac­tors so your tree will thrive for years to come! First, be sure to con­sid­er the avail­able space in your yard for roots and branch­es as the tree matures. Sec­ond, it’s impor­tant to note if there are any over­head util­i­ty wires or under­ground util­i­ty pipes where you are con­sid­er­ing plant­i­ng the tree. Check out the Right Tree, Right Place guide from the Arbor Day Foun­da­tion for help in deter­min­ing the best tree and plant­i­ng loca­tion for you.

How does Tree Pitts­burgh choose what tree species to offer?
Many fac­tors are con­sid­ered when Tree Pitts­burgh staff choos­es the avail­able trees for a tree adop­tion event sea­son. As our trees are grown in our Her­itage Nurs­ery, we con­sid­er what is avail­able at that time of year and what trees grow well in our area. We always choose native species when pos­si­ble, but occa­sion­al­ly offer a few non-native species that, with the chang­ing cli­mate as well as new pests and dis­eases, will also thrive here.

I want a flow­er­ing tree for my yard, but you always run out of those quick­ly. Why don’t you offer more?
This is a great oppor­tu­ni­ty for us to dis­cuss the impor­tance of bio­di­ver­si­ty! Bio­di­ver­si­ty is the vari­ety of life in the world or in a par­tic­u­lar habi­tat, or ecosys­tem. Tree bio­di­ver­si­ty is impor­tant for many rea­sons. Dif­fer­ent trees offer food and habi­tat for many dif­fer­ent types of insects and birds, which sup­port a healthy ecosys­tem. Dif­fer­ent trees offer us dif­fer­ent but equal­ly impor­tant ben­e­fits, such as lots of shade or fruit to eat. By increas­ing the diver­si­ty of the species of trees in our neigh­bor­hoods, we improve the qual­i­ty of life for all beings!

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