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Adopt-A-Tree: Help Us Care for Young and Newly-Planted Trees

Our city trees provide us with a wide range of benefits: from carbon sequestration to oxygen production; from providing food and habitat for wildlife to beautifying our surroundings. The Urban Forestry Committee and collaborators are developing ways to celebrate our hard-working city trees. If you want to join us in helping our trees, you can Adopt-A-Tree!


Look for colorful “Adopt me!” tags on newly planted trees in your neighborhood. Scan the QR code on the tag or visit to go through the steps to adopt the tree. 

Name it, water it, love it. You can even receive an adoption certificate (available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Nepali, Haitian Kreyol, Chinese, French, and Ukrainian)! 

Watering is the most important thing you can do to help a newly planted tree. They require 15-20 gallons of water each week between May-October, or even more during hot summer months. The extra care and consideration you give to a young tree is critical for ensuring its establishment and future success.

We encourage you to water ANY tree. If there aren’t any newly planted trees that are conveniently located to you, please do not hesitate to water any tree, young or old, during hot and dry periods. 

Would you like the city to plant a new tree near your home? Please submit a 311 request via the website, by phone at 617-625-6600, or through the 311 app.

Photo shows a tree with a green

Did you already adopt a tree? Download a fillable adoption certificate.
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