Free Street Trees

Since 2013, SESNA neighbors have partnered with the City of Salem and multiple volunteer groups to plant street trees in the residential parts of our neighborhood. To date, we’ve planted 139 street trees!

Want one? Maybe two? We can help!

What’s a “street tree”? 

Street trees are located in City of Salem right of way. In most cases, that means they are between the sidewalk and the curb (the “planting strip”).

These trees are City property, and they are provided at no cost by the City of Salem.

But trees are messy and wreck sidewalks.

Trees planted under the street tree program are chosen (by you!) from a City-approved list of trees that aren’t especially messy or brittle, and that won’t heave sidewalks. Certain trees are the right size for almost any planting strip, even if it’s as narrow as 3 or 4 feet. Even if it’s under power lines.

Who’s going to take care of this tree?

For the first three summers, we ask that the residents water the trees. We’ll provide complete instructions and a 5-gallon bucket with a small hole drilled in it that allows for slow, soaking irrigation.

All other care is the responsibility of the City of Salem.

Great! What do I have to do?

The first step is to contact SESNA and let us know you want a street tree. We’ll send someone out to look at your planting strip and see what trees from the City-approved list will fit there, then help you pick one you like.

We’ll need your or your landlord’s approval for planting the tree, and agreement to water it. There is no cost to you. But you can help plant, if you want!

When can I get my tree?

First, the tree has to be selected and ordered. Since the City adds SESNA trees to its large tree order each year, we have to place orders with the City of Salem by the end of June.

If you miss that deadline, don’t worry. We can add you to the list for the next year!

We plant trees the following January, usually on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The trees are dormant midwinter, and this helps them avoid transplant shock.

Click here to request a tree!