The City of Orlando is proud to have been an Arbor Day Foundation Tree City USA since 1976, the second-longest record in the United States. We have also received a Tree City Growth Award since 1990. In 2011 Orlando was named a Sterling Tree City USA for participation in the Tree City Growth Award program.
Orlando has had an active tree care section since about 1917 when the Parks department sent out a letter asking residents to pay $1 a piece for a tree to be planted in front of their house. Tree trimming, removal and planting services have been offered in the decades from then through today.
Take a tour of some significant trees in the City of Orlando. Click here for a map
The City’s Forestry program is responsible for the care and maintenance of the trees in the City right-of-ways over sidewalks and streets. Services offered include trimming and removal of dead, dying, diseased or dangerous trees on City property. The City employs professionally trained arborists and an urban forester. The Forester can inspect trees on private property, but the City tree trimmers can only work on trees on public property. The property owner is responsible for trimming trees on or over private property even if the tree is rooted on City property or a neighbor’s property.
For tree trimming and removal requests on City property call 407.246.2514.
Tree Removal Permit
Removal of trees from private property requires a permit if the tree is larger than four inches diameter at chest height. The Tree Code Inspector will inspect the tree(s) and a permit will be issued if the removal is warranted. There is a permit fee of $25/acre for private property (residential) tree removals and $50/acre for commercial removals. The property owner is responsible for the removal of trees on private property.
For tree removal permits on private property call 407.246.4047.
Tree Planting Programs
Need to green-up your home? Need some shade? The City of Orlando wants to help you build and maintain a healthy urban forest.
The Parks Division has two tree-planting programs: one for individuals and one for neighborhood groups or associations. Check out the details and apply online.
Trees in the Parkway
Take advantage of this program available to individual homeowners. Trees are planted in the parkway (right-of-way) along the City street. City determines most appropriate tree for location. Owner must agree to water, feed and care for tree until established. Free, no cost to homeowner.
Trees to Good Homes
The “Trees to Good Homes” program is dedicated to greening the property of homeowners within the City of Orlando. The City will work with neighborhood groups to help select the right tree for the right spot by giving an opportunity to purchase trees at wholesale price to plant on private property. The minimum order per delivery is 15 trees.