Tree Frederick FAQs

Do I need to live in the city to participate in the Tree Frederick program?  

  • Yes, you must be a city resident to purchase a tree from Tree Frederick. If you purchase a tree, and you are not a city resident, you will be responsible for any fees associated with the transaction. 

Is there a limitation to how many trees I can buy?  

  • As of right now, there is no limit to how many trees you can purchase through the Tree Frederick program. 

If I bought a tree last year, can I buy a tree this year? 

  • If you bought a tree last year, you can still buy one this year - as long as you still live in the City of Frederick. 

Where should I plant my tree? 

  • In your yard! Residents participating in this program should plant their tree in an appropriate location in their front or back yard. Our sustainability team can offer guidance on placement upon request ( sustainability@cityoffrederickmd.gov
  • The City offers a different program for residents to request street trees in the City's right-of-way. If you are interested in a street tree please contact City Arborist, Josh Dunk (jdunk@cityoffrederickmd.gov )

Why aren't red maple trees on your list?  

  • We love red maples trees, but you won't see them on our list this year. There are many red maple trees throughout the city and we want to ensure that our tree canopy is diverse, to be more resilient when challenged by invasive pests and diseases. 

How fast will my tree grow?  

  • Tree growth can be impacted by many factors! Typically, resource availability and sunlight are the biggest factors. Some species grow slower on average to favor strength, like oaks for example. Other species are more likely to grow faster, like Red Buds, Tulip Poplars, and Sycamores. 

How do I decide what tree is best for my yard? 

  • Check out our tree guide for more information.  Note: not every tree on the guide is guaranteed to be offered this season.

I am a renter. Can I buy a tree? 

  • If you have permission from your landlord, you can buy and plant a tree from Tree Frederick. 

Can my HOA limit what trees I plant? 

  • Maryland HB-322 states that homeowner associations are prohibited from imposing unreasonable limitations on low-impact landscaping such as rain gardens, pollinator gardens, and xeriscaping; requiring the property owner to regularly maintain landscaping; providing that "unreasonable limitations" includes items that increase the cost and efficiency of the low-impact program; providing that the Act may not be construed to prohibit a certain restriction on use from including certain reasonable guidelines; etc.

I work at a property management company. How can I help improve the urban tree canopy?