Tree Rebate

Tree Rebate Program

What is the Tree Rebate Program?
Casey Trees’ Tree Rebate Program, funded by the District Department of the Environment, provides rebates to individuals who purchase and plant a tree on private property — residential or commercial — in D.C. There is no maximum number of rebates per property.

What Trees are Eligible?
40 species noted for their large canopy and environmental benefits qualify for rebates up to $100 per tree. 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. Invasive species, shrubs and any species of ash or dwarf tree do not qualify for rebates.

How do I Receive My Rebate?
Submit a completed Tree Rebate Form online or by mail — each form allows two trees to be listed.

*Please include a purchase receipt for each tree you list. Rebate requests must be received within one year of receipt date.

Complete Online Download Form

What if I Have Questions?
Contact the Tree Planting Department at treerebate@caseytrees.org or 202.349.1904.

More about Eligible and Ineligible Species

(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
Blacklocust
Black walnut
Catalpa
Cottonwood
Honeylocust
Kentucky coffee tree
Red maple
Red mulberry
River birch
Sassafras
Silver maple
Southern Magnolia
Sycamore/American planetree
Tuliptree
Yellowwood

Ineligible Species
Ash, invasive trees such as Tree of Heaven, bushes and any tree that does not reach 15’ tall and wide don’t 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 trees.  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. For “street trees” we encourage you to use the city’s one call number 311 to fulfill requests for trees planted in any public space.