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NeighborWoods is a partnership between TreeFolks and the City of Austin to lower summer temperatures and reduce energy consumption by investing in tree canopy cover for Austin area neighborhoods. NeighborWoods is proudly supported by the Community Tree Preservation Division in the Development Services Department at the City of AustinWe distribute 4,600 free trees every year during the very best planting season for Central Texas, October 1st through March 31st.

Planting trees around your home will lower your energy bills, make your home more comfortable and beautiful, and clean the air you breathe. Trees reduce water consumption in the landscape by providing shade to other plants and even help increase the region’s water supply by helping water soak into the aquifer. In other words, planting trees is a great way to help preserve Austin’s quality of life.

Everyday we receive interest from enthusiastic folks just like you, and we love helping people plant their patch of our urban forest.


You must get your electricity from Austin Energy or live in Austin’s Full Purpose Jurisdiction and agree to water the tree for two years.

Don’t qualify? Don’t worry, check out our sapling giveaways, no qualifications necessary 

Ways to get a NeighborWoods tree:

  1. Attend a Tree Giveaway
    • This is the quickest way to get a tree from us
  2. Sign up for our free Tree Delivery service 


Our current season (2017-2018) has concluded as of March 31st, 2018. Please sign up for next seasons waitlist if you would like to receive a tree offer from NeighborWoods next season in the Fall 2018 or Winter 2019.

  • Things to note about this process:
    • Your patch of the urban forest takes time to cultivate and through this program we have lots of friends and neighbors to get in touch with
    • Using existing google maps we evaluate your property and offer trees based on your available space, this can take time and several conversations
    • Survival is the goal from TreeFolks and planning for the survival of every tree distributed takes dedication from a small, talented team who work hard to ensure you are getting good tree stock from the nursery and thorough information.
    • You will have the opportunity to pick from a handful of species that fit based on the assessment we offer.

We have a waitlist for trees, when and if we run out we will carry you over to next tree season.

What kind of trees are they, and how big?

We chose a wide selection of native and well-adapted trees grown by local tree farmers. They come in a 5 gallon container, so the trees are about 3-5 ft tall, depending on the species.

Long term studies of tree growth have shown that planting small trees, like the ones we provide, results in larger and healthier trees after a few years of growth compared with planting larger trees, because smaller trees are more resilient and get established faster.

We also offer fruit trees, usually available at our giveaways, that are adapted to our unique climate and soils here in Austin.

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. That’s pretty much it. 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


We offer trees in October through March. 

!!!NeighborWoods Waitlist Maintenance!!!
We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. Our NeighborWoods page and Waitlist are currently undergoing maintenance and upgrades, but will return as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience and thanks for Keeping Austin Shady!

Also, please tell us what you think of the program using the form below.

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