Free Tree Program

​In 2003, the City of Salem instituted the Free Tree Program to provide native vegetation to streamside residents to increase shade in riparian areas. After a hiatus, the program returned in 2019.

Now streamside residents in Salem will have the opportunity to receive free trees and shrubs to plant next to the stream on their property. Salem streamside owners will receive a letter or email each year the program runs. The letter will detail what plants are available and how to order.

The Free Tree Program is available to Salem streamside residents and businesses only. If you would like to be added to our streamside mailing list please email [email protected].

Free Tree Numbers

FY 2018/19: 1,268 native plants provided to 258 residents

FY 2008/09: 1,484 native plants provided to 233 residents

FY 2007/08: 1,076 native plants provided to 185 residents

FY 2006/07: 1,425 native plants provided to 172 residents

FY 2005/06: 280 native plants provided to 85 residents

FY 2004/05: 266 native plants provided to 63 residents

FY 2003/04: 177 native plants provided to 90 residents

Examples of Plants Provided

Here are some native plants that have been provided as a part of the Free Tree Program in past years. Plants available each year depend on availability from participating nurseries. Streamside residents will be contacted each year via email or mail with a current list of plants available. For more information on plants native to the Northwest click here.

Douglas Spirea

Douglas Spirea
Spirea douglasii

Flowering pollinator shrub. Grows in moist to wet soil and sun or partial sun.

Pacific Ninebark
Physocarpus capitatus

Flowering pollinator shrub. Grows in moist to wet soil and sun or partial sun.

Red Flowering Currant
Ribes sanguineum

Flowering pollinator shrub. Grows in moist to dry soil and sun or partial sun.

Western Red Cedar

Thuja plicata

Evergreen tree. Grows in moist soil and sun or shade.

Red Osier Dogwood
Cornus sericea

Flowering pollinator shrub. Grows in moist soil and shade.

Snowberry
Symphoricarpos albus

Flowering pollinator shrub. Grows in moist to dry soil and sun or shade.

Contact us

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