Tree your community

Build community and canopy

TreesCharlotte partners with qualifying communities and organizations to host tree planting events called CommunityWoods. These organized events can be a great way to build camaraderie, beautify our community and add to the city’s canopy.

Qualifying applicants must…

  • Be located within Charlotte city limits
  • Have capacity to plant at least 25 trees during the event 
  • Commit to watering and caring for the trees after planting 

We consider many factors when selecting CommunityWoods applicants.  If your application is approved, TreesCharlotte will help you create an amazing day with our CommunityWoods Toolkit

We are accepting applications for the Fall 2023/Spring 2024 planting season! This application closes MAY 1, 2023

Applications submitted after the May 1st deadline will be reviewed on a rolling basis and may be deferred to the following planting season

Please read all information below.

CommunityWoods Options

Tree Planting Event

Do you have common spaces in your community where you’d love to see some beautiful trees? A TreesCharlotte tree planting event could be the solution for you!  If you’re approved for a tree planting, we’ll work with you months in advance on a planting plan, tree selection, and enlisting volunteers for the event. On the actual planting day, we’ll provide the trees, mulch and equipment as well as TreeMasters to lead volunteers on how to properly plant the trees. In less than 3 hours, you’ll have created a beautiful urban forest!

Please note: We cannot provide trees required by the city of Charlotte under the tree ordinance. We are, however, happy to work with entities on trees that go above and beyond what is legally required. 

Tree Adoption

In addition to a tree planting, your community can apply for a TreeAdoption, in which we’ll bring trees for residents to plant on their private properties! We’ll work with you months in advance on the marketing and registration process. On the day of the giveaway, our TreeMasters will lead all recipients on a short tree planting and maintenance demonstration. All tree recipients are expected to sign a pledge to care for the trees after planting and will be emailed additional tree care information. Tree giveaways are often 2 hours or shorter.

When does this take place?

The ideal time to plant trees in North Carolina is between October-March.  All of our planting events and TreeAdoptions fall within those months to ensure the highest chance of tree survival.

Who qualifies?

Neighborhoods: If your neighborhood has community-owned space and is within the city limits of Charlotte, it’s a candidate. Often a CommunityWoods event begins with a resident who is passionate about trees.  In cases where there’s an HOA or neighborhood association, we suggest a board member or community leader also serve as a contact. Before a date is set for your event, we require HOA board approval.

Schools: We love working with all schools, whether they’re private, charter, CMS or other!  If there’s a school you would like us to consider, please fill out the application below and we’ll be in touch.

Other organizations: We are proud to partner with other organizations to increase tree canopy. Just fill out the application form. Some organizations we’ve planted with before include:

  • Houses of faith
  • Athletic/Recreation associations
  • Cemeteries
  • Historical sites
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Private businesses *Please contact us directly at


While our trees are free of charge for nearly all CommunityWoods recipients, TreesCharlotte does purchase our trees from various North Carolina growers. Therefore, as a non-profit, we appreciate any donations to support TreesCharlotte in covering the cost of trees. Additional donations help us fund planting projects in areas that are not able to donate. Private businesses may be asked to sponsor their event.

About our trees

We love our trees, and we think you will, too!  Our trees are sourced from three different N.C. growers and are either native or naturalized to this region. We offer small, medium and large maturing varieties.

TreesCharlotte values biodiversity and works to prioritize tree survivability and ecosystem health.  Therefore, we cannot promise specific species requests for your community. 

We do, however, always practice Right Tree, Right Place and will work with you on appropriate species for your community’s needs.  The trees are 2-4 years old, potted in 3, 5 or 7-gallon containers and are about 5 to 10 feet tall at planting.

Post-planting care

Once a community/organization receives TreesCharlotte trees, they responsible for the trees’ long-term care. Please consider the following before applying…

Water: Our trees need about 5 gallons of water per week, and during hot, dry months (April-October). Certain CommunityWoods recipients will qualify for free watering provided by TreesCharlotte during the first summer. Communities who do not receive this service will need to keep this cost of watering in mind.

Mulch: TreesCharlotte will provide mulch for all CommunityWoods projects at the time of planting. However, we strongly encourage the continued use of mulch throughout a tree’s life. You can use hardwood chips, pine needles, or the leaves that fall in autumn.

Pruning: Pruning trees when they are young will reduce their chances of developing problems as they age. Learn about pruning young trees here! Our ISA certified arborist can come to your community one year after planting to hold a complimentary TreeCare workshop, just contact

Does your community need less than 25 trees?

If your community needs less than 25 trees, contact  If trees are available, will work with you to get trees for your neighborhood that you will be responsible for planting and watering.

If your community needs less than 5 trees, we suggest you and some of your neighbors attend one of our free community TreeAdoptions, which we hold multiple times during the planting season.

Are you looking for trees just for your yard?

If you are interested in adding trees to only your property, we also encourage you to check out our TreeAdoptions, which are intended for individual residents.

Are you looking for trees for your street, park, or greenway?

Street Trees: If you are interested in adding trees along your city-owned street, we encourage you to submit a request to Charlotte’s Landscape Management Office.  If your street is privately owned, you can proceed to apply for the CommunityWoods program.

Parks and Greenways: If you see a need for trees in a park or along a greenway, please continue to fill out the CommunityWoods application.  However, TreesCharlotte will first need approval from Meck County Park and Recreation to plant in these spaces, so please keep that in mind as we work with you.

What happens once you’re approved?

Once you apply, we will be in touch to talk more about the program and to schedule a meeting with your community’s/organization’s leadership team. If all parties agree to move forward, we will then tour your community, create a planting plan, and discuss next steps. To ensure your event is a success, we strongly suggest you use our CommunityWoods Toolkit.


Email Joi Mayo at 


NeighborWoods Toolkit: Everything you need to make your TreeDay a success!


Benefits of Neighborhood Plantings

Neighborhoods projects help communities by:

  • Improving property values
    Studies show that property values of homes with trees are 5% to 20% higher than similar properties without trees. Source: Arbor Day Foundation

  • Beautification
    Trees provided through NeighborWoods are 6 to 10 feet tall, providing instant beautification and inspiration for additional curb appeal improvements.

  • Cooling urban areas
    Shade provided by trees has a direct cooling effect on the air temperature for nearby sidewalks, roads, houses and parks.

  • Improving air quality
    High temperatures escalate the production of smog and other pollutants. Trees help by reducing the air temperature through shading and carbon monoxide absorption.

  • Reducing traffic speeds
    Tree-lined roads provide a sense of enclosure, which causes motorists to drive more slowly and carefully.

  • Energy conservation
    By producing shade, trees help conserve energy as they intercept radiant heat.

  • Noise reduction
    Trees and shrubs are effective buffers in screening out urban noise.

  • Wildlife habitat
    Trees provide critical habitat for birds and diverse wildlife in the urban area.

Praise for TreesCharlotte

  • Kevin Sudimack
    "Where did all those trees come from?"  That was the response so many of our students gave as they arrived on campus Monday morning!  Thank you to TreesCharlotte, The Charlotte Observer and the countless volunteers that made this a reality.  Because of you, the impact on this campus and this community will last for the next 100 years!"

    Kevin Sudimack
    Kennedy Middle School
  • Carter Pittman
    "I wanted to drop you a note to tell you what a great success the TreesCharlotte event was at Stone Creek Ranch. All the preplanning and the teamwork displayed created an environment conducive to success plus we had a lot of fun doing it. Your team did a fantastic job in making sure we secured the trees requested and the coordination with the actual planting of the trees was flawless. Best of luck to you and your team at all future events."

    Carter Pittman
    IBM Storage Systems
  • Stan Patterson
    "As a recipient of two trees at Sedgefield Elementary I want to commend you and the staff for a well organized and informative event. Everything including registration, a description of the trees, the instruction of proper tree planting and overall assistance was first rate. I manage a couple of non-profits and know how much time and attention is required to properly orchestrate public events. You guys did a great job."

    Stan Patterson
    Colonial Village
  • Heather Ruckterstuhl
    "We are so grateful for the two Maple trees that TreesCharlotte donated to Park Road Montessori. Our school naturalist, Charlotte Fletcher, planted these two trees with the assistance of some of our older students. We planted these trees together outside of two of our classrooms, near our lunchtime picnic tables. Our students, teachers and parents will enjoy watching these trees grow and become part of our daily space. We value our outdoor area and classroom gardens, the maple trees just add so much to our space. Thank you for providing this treasured gift to our school."
    Heather Ruckterstuhl
    Park Road Public Montessori Elementary School
  • Ann
    "Winget Park Elementary has some new additions, thanks to the school’s Nature Club and TreesCharlotte. Despite the wet weather this past Saturday, 75 volunteers came out and planted 153 trees on the school campus."

    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
  • Charles Breitbart
    "Thanks to each of you for all that you are doing for Charlotte and Park Ridge community! Residents of our neighborhood to include my family, came out to the event this past Saturday to pick up trees. This is a  beautiful time of the year and we all will be reminded of the commitment of your organization and personal care you have shown us for many years to come."

    Charles Breitbart
    Park Ridge Homeowners Association


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