Free trees

for frogtown

Frogtown has less tree canopy on private land than any other city neighborhood. The energetic Tree Frogs are working to change that. This volunteer group has planted nearly 500 new trees in front and back yards, and on public spaces in Frogtown. Our goal is 1,000 new trees by 2025!

Donated trees are kept over the summer months in our innovative community gravel bins, at the Tree Park on Dale Street and Lafond Avenue. 


In collaboration with the city's forestry unit and the US Forest Service, we planted 72 trees in 2020. By adding to the tree canopy of our community, we've helped improve the environmental health of residents and visitors.


Check out our map showing where trees have been planted, from 2012 to 2020. Is your Frogtown Green tree on the map?

interested in a free Tree?

HEre's What to do:

Learn about our trees and fill out the form below.


From fruit to shade trees, we have something for every Frogtown yard! Tell us your tree preference and how to get in touch with you by filling out the form below.

In fall,  you dig a hole, and we plant your tree.


Our volunteer Tree Frogs, will plant the tree for you! We'll mark utilities so you. All you have to do is dig a hole for your brand new tree, and take care of it. 

Yep, we're not kidding, it's really free. 

Our mission is to make Frogtown the greenest neighborhood in St. Paul. We all benefit from cleaner air, shadier streets, and a healthier community.

Not a home-owner?

No problem.


Over 65% of property in Frogtown is rental. We're working hard to get trees onto rental properties. If you're a tenant or a landlord, we can work with you.





shade tree

Common Name:  

London Planetree

Botanical Name: Platanus x acerifolia

Mature Height: 55-65 ft.

Mature Spread: 40-50 ft.

Exposure: Full sun

Bark Color/Texture: Peeling, revealing a mottled pattern of green, tan and brown.

Ornamental Interest: Large serrated lobed leaves turn coppery-bronze in fall. Mottled silver bark is extremely showy.




shade tree

Common Name: Japanese Tree Lilac

Botanical Name: Syringa reticulata

Mature Height: 20-30 ft.

Mature Spread: 15-25 ft.

Exposure: Full sun

Bark Color/Texture: Reddish-brown, cherry-like bark with elongated lenticels.

Ornamental Interest: Fragrant flowers, showy fruit and flowers, and attractive bark.





shade tree

Common Name: Ironwood

Botanical Name: Ostrya virginiana

Mature Height: 25-40 ft.

Mature Spread: 15-35 ft.

Exposure: Full sun

Bark Color/Texture: Gray brown bark and trunk are ornamentally attractive, forming long, vertical shredding strips.

Ornamental Interest: Fall color, persistent fruit, attractive bark.


fruit tree

Common Name: Patten Pear

Botanical Name: Pyrus ‘Patten’

Mature Height: 30 ft.

Mature Spread: 25 ft.

Exposure: Full sun

Fruit: Fruits are showy yellow with a red blush. Excellent for canning.

Ornamental Interest: Patten Pear is drenched in stunning clusters of white flowers with purple anthers along the branches in mid-spring. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. Fall leaves turn an outstanding burgundy.

**Maintenance: Self-pollinating, but regular maintenance required to produce a successful fruit yield. 



fruit tree

Common Name: Rainier Sweet Cherry

Botanical Name: Prunus Avium

Mature Height: 20-30 ft.

Mature Spread: 20-30 ft.

Exposure: Full sun

Fruit: Rainier sweet cherry fruit are yellow on the outside with a scarlet blush. Sweet, creamy white inner fruit. Usually a heavy bearer, but needs a neighboring cherry tree for pollination.

Ornamental Interest: Gorgeous in spring with fragrant pink-white blooms. Fiery fall foliage display.

**Maintenance: Not self-pollinating, needs a nearby cherry. Additional maintenance required to produce a successful fruit yield.