Water Utilities

Branch Out Dallas 2024 Update:

Registration will open Sept. 3 on this page.  This year's tree giveaway event will be held Saturday, Nov. 2.

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The Branch Out Dallas tree giveaway program was launched in the fall of 2018 and, because of the growing demand and participation, it is now part of the Dallas Arbor Day annual celebration.

Trees benefit the urban environment by reducing stormwater runoff to drainage systems, cooling temperatures, improving air quality and mitigating the heat island effect.

"This program supports city initiatives," said Karen Woodard, Forestry Manager, Dallas Water Utilities. "We appreciate our residents and volunteers who understand the value of planting more trees."

Residents select a five-gallon tree from varieties that include but are not limited to bur oak, Mexican white oak, sycamore, American elm, Mexican plum, redbud, cedar elm, Shumard oak and lacebark elm. These trees are hardy and suited for the North Texas region. 

Branch Out Dallas is held annually. The program is led by DWU with staff from Development Services, Code Compliance, DPD and DFR, and is supported by volunteers and civic groups who help distribute the trees to residents of Dallas.

For information on how to plant your new tree, click on the images below:

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What is Branch Out Dallas?

The Branch Out Dallas program was started as an effort to reduce the heat island effect and to increase the overall tree canopy in the city.  Each tree planted helps Dallas get closer to meeting these goals. Trees benefit everyone by cooling temperatures and improving air quality.  Homeowners who plant a tree in their yard benefit by saving energy, cooling the air and adding shade.  Program inquiries can be sent to BranchOutDallas@dallas.gov 

Branch Out Dallas supports citywide initiatives:  

  • Trees improve air quality, reduce stormwater runoff, cool temperatures and reduce the heat island effect. 
  • Residents can replace damaged or aging trees.
  • Increases the  overall tree canopy citywide.
  • Trees improve residents' quality of life.
  • Public education on green initiatives.
  • Supports neighborhood beautification efforts.

To learn more about City of Dallas urban forestry efforts visit the City of Dallas Forestry web site.

Download the Branch Out Dallas Tri-fold Brochure


English (PDF)

Spanish (PDF)

Photos from Branch Out Dallas:

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Munger Place planted 40 trees at homes!

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June Shelton School - 264 trees handed out to homeowners!


White Rock Church of Christ - 912 trees handed out to homeowners!


Marsh Lane Baptist Church - 322 trees handed out to homeowners!