The TreeFolks program, NeighborWoods, partners with the City of Austin to reduce energy consumption and lower the city heat index by expanding the tree canopy cover of Austin. Proudly supported by Austin Energy and the Community Tree Preservation Division in the Development Services Department, NeighborWoods distributes more than 4,500 5-gallon trees yearly, at no cost to recipients. To ensure the best chance of success, distribution of the young trees occurs during the optimal planting season: October 1st through March 31st.

Lower your energy bills, beautify your neighborhood, and clean the city air and water with the addition of a new tree to your home! If you want to join the movement to preserve the quality of life in Austin, planting trees is a great way to start.


Tree care is a long-term commitment. All Austin Energy electricity customers and all residents living in Austin’s Full Purpose Jurisdiction must have space for the trees to grow and flourish and must commit to nurturing the tree through regular watering during the critical first two years of establishment.

Not an Austin Energy customer nor resident living in Austin’s Full Purpose Jurisdiction? Check out our Sapling Days. There are no qualifications necessary to adopt a sapling.

Attend an Adoption Event

    • Adopt and take a tree home that day!
    • Each household member in attendance (up to 5) may adopt a tree.
    • Please bring one of the following: Austin Energy bill, ID with an Austin Full Purpose Jurisdiction address, or Austin Library card as proof of residence.

Apply for Free Tree Delivery Service

    • Things to note about the tree delivery process:
      • Deliveries are scheduled during November and March
      • Using Google Maps data, we evaluate your property and offer trees based on available space
      • Approved applicants may choose from species selected based on our aerial inspection

The Fine Print

You agree to care for your new tree for at least two years, you have space for trees, and reside in an eligible area. We conduct an annual survival study in which we randomly select trees to assess in vehicle inspections from the street. We won’t share your contact information with anyone or send you a bunch of unrelated emails. It really is totally free!

Have any questions?
We’d love to hear from you.
Phone: 512-443-5323


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