Tree Planting Program

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese Proverb

Healthy trees are critical to the Old North End Neighborhood. Trees add shade to cool your home in the summer, block wind in the winter, clean the air we breathe, provide homes for wildlife, increase your home’s privacy, reduce total road noise, prevent erosion and add to the Old North End’s reputation for a beautiful canopy. Along with the beautiful homes, trees are often cited as the neighborhood’s defining characteristic.

Why Trees Matter (NYT) 

Magic of Tree-Lined Streets (Strong Towns) 

Many of the trees in our neighborhood are reaching their normal end of life or have been lost due to the stress of drought or disease. Caring for the trees of our neighborhood is a major priority for the ONEN Board and our efforts include:

  • Funding for emergency watering during droughts by longtime ONEN sponsor, Mountain High Tree Care
  • Educating neighbors on tree care and selection
  • ONEN Tree Planting Program
  • North End Woodlands, focused on restoring trees on our historic medians

ONEN Tree Planting Program

Each spring (~mid April) ONEN purchases trees for placement throughout the neighborhood. Tree comes with mulch, planting/watering instructions and, if available, a water bag. If you want to plant a tree (even if you physically can’t) and can commit to watering it regularly, please request a tree by email to

If you have a water bag from prior years, please return to 222 E San Miguel so we can lend it to another neighbor.

Trees Planted through the ONEN Tree Program

2019: 43 (10 Red Bud, 10 Northern Catalpa, 10 Bur Oak, 10 Glenleven Linden, 3 Shumard Oak)

2018: 51

2017: Funding diverted to North End Woodlands to support median tree restoration

2016: 55 (10 Japanese Pagoda, 15 Glenleven Linden, 15 London Planetree, 15 Hot Wings Tatarian Maple )

2015: 30 (15 Corinthian Lindens,10 Hot Wings Tatarian Maple,  5 Canada Red Cherry) – Map of Trees

2014: 35 (20 Pacific Sunset Maples, 5 Redbuds, 10 Canada Red Cherry)

2013: 35 Photos

2012: 100  Photos

2011: 101

2010: 71

2009: 105

1993-2009: No data available. Check out this article in the Gazette that features Japanese Pagoda Trees that were planted in the 1200 block of N. Weber

1991-1992: 150 large and mature trees (including trees along Wahsatch Ave in front of Bon Shopping Center). See article

1978-1990: 20 trees per year

Pre 1978: Program was in place. No data available on number of trees or exact year program started.

Other Great Tree Resources

Arbor Day Membership- Receive 10 Free (6-12″ ) Trees

Walk to View Notable Trees in Colorado Springs

Trees Suitable for Colorado Springs

Parkway Planting Guide

Urban Tree Care Guide (City Forestry) – City removed this item from website. Working to have them add it back.

Do your homework, so you buy a tree that will survive and hopefully thrive in our climate

City’s Forestry Division: The Mission of the Forestry Division is to manage our urban forest in a healthy, safe, and sustainable state, which maintains our original forest legacy, manages risk, and increases the canopy coverage for shade, stormwater retention and property value.

When funding is available the City’s Forestry Division often provides trees for the right away in front of people’s homes free of charge. When the trees arrive, residents are required to pick up, plant and water their own trees (though once established most of these trees will be low-water use and drought tolerant). This program is not active let’s hope it returns in the future.

Other useful information on trees can be found on the City’s Forestry Division webpage:

City Forestry Permits

Street Tree Request Form

Trees in Electric Lines

Free Mulch

Private Tree Services

Forest Management

Colorado Springs & Trees

Forestry & Tree Resources

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