Fall ReLeaf Program

Do you know the many benefits that trees offer?

  • Trees remove pollution from the atmosphere, which improves air quality and health.
  • Trees absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere, reducing the effects of climate change.
  • Trees save energy. According to the Arbor Day Foundation: “The average Cincinnati community tree saves the average household $56 annually in cooling costs by reducing electricity use.”
  • Trees reduce the urban heat island effect by shading buildings and streets and releasing water vapor into the air. Urban trees can cool a city by up to 10°F.
  • Trees make us feel happier. Living and working in areas that has trees can improve mental health, mood and social connections.
  • Trees provide natural storm water management. A single large canopy deciduous tree can control 400 to 1,000 gallon of stormwater. This benefits homeowners by reducing soil erosion and manages flooding from rainfall.

Cincinnati Park’s Fall ReLeaf Program

Because of the benefits that trees provide, the Cincinnati Park Board’s Urban Forestry Division works diligently to bring each residential neighborhood up to 40% tree canopy coverage.

They established the ReLeaf Program in 1988 to provide shade trees for Cincinnati homeowners. Cincinnati Parks has given away nearly 20,000 trees in the 31 years of the program. This program is made possible through the support of the Duke Energy Foundation and the Cincinnati Parks Foundation. This support allows the trees to be provided to Cincinnati property owners at no cost.

You can help!

Apply now to get your own free tree through this program! The deadline to apply is October 4, 2019. Applying online is easy. Simply fill out your information, select the tree you would like. Tree options this year include the Emerald City Tulip, Swamp White Oak, Oregon Trail Sugar Maple, Eastern Redbud, Okame Cherry, Sweetbay Magnolia, Thundercloud Plum, Patriot Elm, Blackgum, Scarlet Fire Kousa Dogwood and Dawn Redwood. (see a video introduction to each below.) A Cincinnati Parks forester will inspect your site for approval.

To Qualify:

  1. Your property must be within Cincinnati city limits.
  2. Trees must be planted within 30 ft of the right-of-way or visible from the street. Planting between the street and sidewalk and in backyards is not acceptable.
  3. Plant the right tree in the right place. Please consider the mature size of the tree.  Be aware of any obstructions from wires, utilities, or other structures.