NYC Tree Facts

  • Number of trees in New York City: 5.2 million

  • Number of trees on New York City streets: 592,130

  • Acres of urban tree canopy: 44,509 acres

  • Percent of land covered in trees: 24%

  • Replacement value of total tree population: $5.2 billion  

  • Total annual benefits from street trees: $122 million ($209 per tree)

  • Annual energy cost reduction: $28 million
    • $50 per tree
    • $3.41 per New York City resident

  • For every $1 invested, New York street trees return $5.60 in benefits

  • Annual pollution removal: 2,202 tons

  • Annual carbon storage: 1.35 million tons

  • Annual stormwater capture: 890 million gallons

  • Number of tree species: 168

  • Standing trunk to trunk, New York City street trees would form a line 118 miles long–the distance from Manhattan to Hartford.

  • Spaced 25 feet apart, New York City street trees would stretch more than 2,800 miles–all the way to Las Vegas.

  • A large, healthy tree removes almost 70 times more air pollution each year than a small or newly planted tree.

  • New York City’s most common street trees: The London planetree, and the Norway maple

  • New York City’s most common trees: Tree of Heaven, black cherry, sweetgum

  • One of New York City’s most uncommon tree: Two camperdown elms are located in Prospect Park and Green Wood Cemetery.

  • One of New York City’s tallest tree: 133.8 feet
    • The “Alley Pond Giant,” a tuliptree located in Alley Pond Park, Queens

  • One of New York City’s widest tree: 144 inches
    • The American hornbeam, located in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park

Source: New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, United States Forest Service

Find more information on how trees benefit our City by consulting the New York City Municipal Forest Resource Analysis report, the United States Department of Agriculture's Assessing Urban Forest Effects and Values report, and the Talking Trees: An Urban Forestry Toolkit for Local Governments.