Tiny Trees Program

Tiny Trees 2022 Is Over

All the Tiny Trees have been handed out. If you received one, use the above planting instructions and remember the colors sprayed on your trees signifies its species:

Red: Redbud
White: White Oak
Green: Elderberry
Yellow: River Birch
Purple: Chinkapin Oak
Pink: Sycamore
Blue: Wild Plum
No Color: Bald Cypress

Call the Public Works 24-hr Call Center at (515) 283-4950 with questions about the program and look for announcements in February 2023 about Tiny Trees 2023.

The Tiny Trees Program began in Des Moines in 2017 and since then has provided tens of thousands of free trees to Des Moines residents for planting on private property to help Des Moines grow its urban canopy and reap the many benefits that trees provide to our residents like lower heating and cooling costs, increased stormwater retention, increased property values and increased use of the outdoors.

Each Year, Des Moines residents are able to request up to five FREE individual trees from the Forestry Division. See below for a list of this year's available species through the Tiny Trees program. The pickup day will occur this spring and will be announced soon.

With this free program, we are making it easier than ever for you to increase our urban tree canopy by planting trees on your property.

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Thank you for your help in increasing the urban forestry canopy in Des Moines!

Looking for the Street Tree program? Try here.

Available Species

Pickup Info

Plant Care Tips