Street Tree Procurement and Planting

Street Tree Overview

One of the most visible components of MillionTreesNYC is our street tree planting commitment. The City of New York has calculated that there is room for an additional 220,000 curbside trees in additional to the nearly 600,000 that existed prior to Mayor Bloomberg's PlaNYC 2030 initiative. Because there are so many different components involved in growing trees, selecting species, and installing trees, the street tree planting process can seem complex. However, our foresters' vast experience with the procurement and planting process has allowed us to refine our techniques for the benefit of the entire city. Following are detailed accounts of both our tree procurement process and our street tree planting procedure.

How We Select Our Trees

How We Plant Street Trees

New MillionTreesNYC Tags

New MillionTreesNYC Tree Tags!

Starting this winter, MillionTreesNYC is affixing NEW tree tags to newly planted street trees with our iconic "I'M IN" logo! Along with letting new neighbors know the correct species of the newly planted trees, these tags offer community members the chance to let the whole world know that they are cared for by YOU! Feel free to fill out the "THIS TREE CARED FOR BY ____" line with your own name or the name your neighborhood stewardship group to let everyone know you've committed to helping it thrive. And for more information on how to care for new trees, please visit our TreeLC Tree Care page.

MillionTreesNYC offers FREE tree care workshops. Click here to sign up or learn more!

The Parks Department’s Street Tree Planting Strategy

With the new PlaNYC funding, the Parks Department works steadily to plant 220,000 new street trees in various ways:

  • Individual requests - Individuals may request trees to be planted in front of their homes and office buildings.
  • Block planting - The Parks Department will target blocks with few or no trees, planting on both sides of the street.
  • Automatic tree replacement - The Parks Department will automatically replace a tree after removal of a dead tree and/or stump.
  • Greenstreets -In addition, the Parks Department will identify and plant 80 new Greenstreets - unique garden areas set in median strips and traffic triangles filled with trees, flowering shrubs, and perennials - per year.

Street Tree Block Planting Maps

Download our most recent block planting maps to see which streets in each borough have been 'fully stocked' with street trees. This means that at the time of completion and close of our planting season, all available and appropriate locations for street tree installation along sidewalks have been planted. The status of appropriate planting locations may be revised over time due to the changing nature of city streets.

For a more in-depth look at Parks' street tree procurement process, check out the article Tree Procurement Contracts: New York City's Quest for Amazing Trees (PDF, 306 KB) written by Parks Senior Forester Matthew Stephens for the May/June 2010 issue of City Trees: The Journal of The Society of Municipal Arborists.