Branching out tree program

Increasing the urban tree canopy

Trees are an intrinsic part to the quality of life in Calgary. They provide a myriad of environmental benefits. They also contribute to positive mental well being. Trees help us connect with our communities.

Calgary’s tree canopy coverage is currently at 8.25%, this includes trees planted on both public and private property. The City is working to grow and expand our tree canopy coverage to 16%.

You can help through the annual Branching Out program.​ Trees are provided at no cost by the City of Calgary.

Branching Out 2023 Program

Branching Out Free Tree registration is now closed. All trees for Branching Out 2023 have been allocated. 

The Branching Out program will be back in spring of 2024.

Thank you for your interest and please check back in spring 2024.

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Tree species

There are a limited number of trees given away each year and a limited number of species. For more information on each of these species go to Top Tree Species for Calgary.

Species that will be available for the 2023 Branching Out program are:

  • Early Gold Pear
  • Gladiator Rosybloom Crabapple
  • Golden Spice Pear
  • Lodgepole Pine
  • Paper Birch
  • Ponderosa Pine
  • Royalty Flowering Crabapple
  • Siberian Larch
  • Spring Snow Crabapple
  • Trembling Aspen
  • Ussurian Pear

For info on how to plant and care for your tree, visit Citizen Owned Trees at

Underground Utilities

Remember to 'dial/click before you dig' a hole to plant your tree. A locate request will show you where utilities are located. Contact Utility Safety Partners by phone 1-800-242-3447 or online at

E-Learning Module

Right Tree, Right Location

Want to plant a tree? Here's where to start: learn about tree types that work for you, choose the right location - and plant it safely in your yard.​

View the quick reference guide.