Greenville's  Trees

Rooted in Greenville: The Tree Plan

The majority of Greenville's trees were planted in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), and close to a century later, they are aging out. A recent study by the Green Infrastructure Center found that only 36% of the city of Greenville is currently under a tree canopy.

To protect and enhance the natural environment and aesthetic beauty of our community, the City is actively working to preserve existing trees and promote and support tree planting efforts citywide. As part of that effort, the City has committed to planting 1,000 trees annually in City parks and the public right-of-way. The City will also conduct an ongoing public awareness campaign – including tree giveaway events – to encourage city residents to plant trees on private property.

Tree Giveaway Success!

City staff gave away 600 bare-root saplings and 450 potted trees at four tree giveaway events from December 2020 through April 2021. Residents who receive the trees were encouraged to post a photo on social media, along with the hashtag #PlantGVL.

The City of Greenville is taking a break from our tree giveaways until the weather turns cooler. Like you and I, trees can get tired and worn out when the weather is hot and dry. Higher temperatures lead to drier soil and air, and higher rates of transpiration. Transpiration is the natural loss of water from the leaves of trees and plants, similar to the water vapor we exhale every time we breathe. 

Being newly planted can be stressful for young trees, so to make that transition as easy as possible, and improve the survivability of the trees, the City will wait until fall to resume our tree giveaways.

Download Planting Resources

Growth Guide

Guide to Tree Growth in Greenville

Planting Guide

A Guide to Planting Trees

THe TREE FUND

Tree Fund logoCity-community partnerships like the Greenville Tree Foundation (PDF), which was established to enhance funding for tree planting in the city, have been very successful in supplementing Greenville's natural beauty. Through the foundation, residents can donate money to have trees planted within a park, in a public open space, along a greenway, or in the public right-of-way on their street.

Anyone can donate toward ongoing tree plantings throughout the city. Please note: donations used to support ongoing efforts will not receive a specific tree. If you are interested in planting a specific tree, please contact our parks grounds division at 864-467-4350.