$400 EACH

In the mid 19th century, Portland’s abundance of trees gave it a reputation as “the Forest City” of Maine. Public contributions of forested land – including Deering Oaks Park, Payson Park, and Baxter Woods – have helped reinforce that reputation. Trees play an important role in making Portland pedestrian-friendly and inviting for residents and visitors. The city is carrying out an ongoing program of tree planting, but constraints on budget funding limit the number of trees that can be planted under that program each year. Public contributions allow additional trees to be planted. An individual contribution of $400 finances the planting of an additional tree – beyond that provided in the city’s budget-financed planting program -- in a designated park or public space.

Due to the fact that trees are needed in various locations and that staff are only permitted to plant so many trees between May and June per year, the City Arborist will contact you regarding location and time of which you can expect the tree to be planted. If you purchase trees and we are unable to plant them in the current year, you would be placed on the list for the following year. 

Below are the trees available for planting:


Small Trees

Hawthorn (Crataegus)
hawthorn tree









A dense, low-branched tree 25-35’ high with horizontal branching.  Flowers in June and noted for its red berries in the winter. Most varieties have numerous large thorns, but there are some varieties including ‘‘Crus-galli”, that do not produce thorns.  Grow in medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerate light shade, urban pollutants, and some drought.


Flowering Crabapple (Malus  varieties)  


Compact ornamental trees, 15 to 40 feet high providing blossoms in spring and colorful small fruit in fall and winter.  Many distinct varieties with different attributes of shape, flower, foliage, and fruit.


Large Shade Trees

Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)

sugar maple
A native maple with oval crown, 75 feet high.  Yellow-orange fall foliage. Requires well-drained soil and does not tolerate road salt.


Red Maple (Acer rubrum)

red maple
A native tree with pyramid-shaped crown, 45 feet high.  Red fall foliage. Tolerates wet sites and is more salt-tolerant than sugar maples. Grows somewhat faster than sugar maples.


Ginkgo, Ginkgo biloba

gingko tree

A large (65 feet), slow-growing tree with unique starburst branch structure and fan-shaped leaf shape.  Grows well in difficult sites. Tolerates urban conditions and road salt.


Oak (Quercus varieties)  

oak tree
A majestic tree (up to 90 feet) for ample planting spaces.  Varieties include the common Red Oak, Pin Oak, Chestnut Oak, White Oak, and Swamp White Oak.  Fall colors, ranging from brown to red, are generally less spectacular than with maples.

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