Upcoming Event - FREE Trees 

Sat. Dec. 14  9 am – 1 pm (while trees last)
Legion Sports Complex, 2149  Carolina Beach Rd.  Wilmington | 341.7852


  • On December 14 with city support approximately 1500 3 gallon trees will be distributed to citizens from the parking lot at Legion Stadium. Twenty different varieties of trees will be available.
  • The distribution is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation thru its Community Tree Recovery Program, funded by Enterprise Rent-A-Car and in cooperation with the Alliance for Cape Fear Trees.
  • Plastic Ocean Project will also on hand to distribute 1500 bareroot seedlings of native trees.

The goal is to plant trees to restore the green canopy of Wilmington lost during hurricane Florence.  Arborists and other experts on trees will be there to advise on tree selection.  Educational materials will be handed out to explain proper planting and maintenance of the trees.

 The City’s Tree Maintenance Section is responsible for:

  • Maintaining the City’s urban forest
  • Leading tree preservation efforts
  • Participating in the site development review process for adherence to the City’s tree codes.

The Tree Division consists of  

  • 1 Forestry Management Supervisor (Arborist),
  • 1 Tree Crew Supervisor
  • 3 Crew Leaders
  • 6 Tree Trimmers 

City Staff maintains:

  • 30,000+ street trees on over 450 miles of City-owned streets 
  • 40 miles of NCDOT roads containing approximately 2,500 trees
  • 750 acres of city owned properties including city parks, athletic & recreation facilities, city lots and other government properties.

 Our trees consist of a variety of species and range from newly planted to 100+ years old.


City Tree Planting Practices   Species of Trees we Plant

The tree management division works closely with the Wilmington Tree Commission to support tree planting activities that contribute to making the City an inviting and pleasant community for residents and visitors.

Planting This Fiscal Year

  • Current planting contract executed has 56 trees being planted this fall
  • Out to bid is a large contract consisting of 285 trees to be planted this winter
  • Parks & Tree staff have planted 42 trees
  • Alliance/volunteers and city staff together have planted 143 grant/donation funded trees since July 2019
  • Alliance plans for approximately 60 more to be planted at the end of February with funding by Legacy Tree Fund Grant.
  • The Alliance has approximately 42 Trees Forever requests that will be planted by city staff this winter

New Tree Planting: 

  • New street tree locations (that did not previously have trees) are decided based on: citizen requests and grant opportunities that allow new trees (conforming to grant requirements). 
  • Staff recommendations for shade or aesthetic improvements within city parks and properties.
  •  Species are chosen based on prior experience, suggestions from area nurseries, stake holder recommendations, staff arborist’s knowledge and citizen preference (when appropriate).       
  • Please see City Tree Planting Practices for more information.