Since 1985 when the City's Forestry Program began, Rochester Hills has planted more than 10,000 trees along city roads, in city parks, and at other city properties.
Until recently, most of these trees were installed along the streets in newer subdivisions as part of an ongoing "Subdivision Planting Program." Under this program every new subdivision lot is eligible for at least one street tree. Forestry staff oversee the planting operation as new homes are completed and occupied.
A major new street tree planting initiative, announced in 2015, makes trees available for a limited time at no cost for approved planting sites along any public roadway. Forestry staff work with property owners to determine the tree locations(s) within the City's Street Tree Ordinance guidelines. For more info, and to request a free tree, please click here: Free Street Tree Planting Program.
Forestry also has helpful information available regarding tree selection and planting for property owners interested in landscaping with trees. If someone would like to plant a tree on their own, a permit is required to plant a tree on the city owned right-of-way Click the link below for the permit application or contact the Parks and Natural Resources Department with any questions you may have.
ROW Tree Planting Permit Application