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Tree Rebate

Planting a tree at home or work has never been more affordable. Thanks to funding from the District Department of the Environment, we provide rebates up to $100 to individuals who purchase and plant trees on private residential or commercial property in D.C. Newly planted trees are eligible for a discount on your property’s DC Water bill through DDOE’s RiverSmart Rewards program.

Get a Tree Rebate – Participation is simple!

  • Submit a completed Tree Rebate Form online or by mail — each form allows two trees to be listed.
  • Include purchase receipt for each trees listed. Rebate request must be received within one year of receipt date.

There is no maximum number of rebates allowed per property. Rebate requests are subject to approval by Casey Trees.

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Eligible Species

Small and medium canopy trees — including standard-size fruit trees — are eligible for rebates up to $50 per tree, as long as the tree reaches 15’ tall and wide at maturity. 40 species noted for their large canopy and environmental benefits qualify for rebates up to $100 per tree.

Trees that qualify for the $100 rebate

Oaks (18 species)

Basket oak/chestnut oak
Black oak
Bur oak
Chinkapin oak
Live oak
Northern red oak
Nuttall oak
Pin oak
Scarlet oak
Shingle oak
Shumard oak
Southern red oak
Swamp white oak
Overcup oak
Turkey oak
Water oak
White oak
Willow oak

Hickories (4 species)

Butternut hickory
Mockernut hickory
Pignut hickory
Shagbark hickory

Other Species

American beech
American elm
American linden/Basswood
American persimmon (wild form)
American sweetgum
Bald cypress
Big tooth aspen
Black cherry
Black gum
Black walnut
Kentucky coffee tree
Red maple
Red mulberry
River birch
Silver maple
Southern Magnolia
Sycamore/American planetree

Ineligible Species

Ash, invasive trees such as Tree of Heaven, bushes and any tree that does not reach 15’ tall and wide DO NOT qualify for a rebate.

Examples of tree types previously denied for a rebate because they do not meet the minimum size requirements include:

  • Many varieties of crape myrtle such as ‘Tonto’ and ‘Comanche’; Japanese maple such as ‘Red Dragon’ and ‘Tamukeyama’, and Arborvitae such as ‘Emerald Green’, ‘Smaragd’ and ‘Green Splendor’.
  • Most dwarf fruit trees. Try to find a ‘standard’ sized fruit tree to get both shade and fruit! Ask the nurseryperson what the rootstock is for these trees!  It is the rootstock, not the variety of fruiting wood, which determines the size for most fruit tree.  Some semi-dwarf trees can reach 15’ tall and wide.
  • Various ‘weeping’ trees such as Weeping redbud and Weeping cherry, and ‘columnar’ or ‘fastigiated’ trees that may get tall enough but not wide enough such as ‘Sky Pencil Holly’ and ‘Lombardy Poplar’.

It’s important that you plant your tree on your own property:

Trees planted in public space are not eligible for a Rebate, especially “street trees,” those that are planted along the Right-of-Way between the sidewalk and the street.  We encourage you to use the city’s one call number 311 to fulfill requests for trees planted in any public space.

Learn More

Research these and other varieties of trees on our Tree Species profile pages.

Read and watch our tips on how to select, plant and care for your new tree.

Learn why why planting trees is so important - a great resource for sharing with neighbors who you want to encourage to plant as well.