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. The City also promotes and supports 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.

Fall Tree Giveaway

The City of Greenville and Trees Upstate are hosting a tree giveaway at Holmes Park, sponsored by TD Bank November 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and November 20 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Residents are invited to select two 3-gallon trees for planting at their home. The City and Trees Upstate will giveaway a total of 600 trees, with 400 of those trees available for residents to reserve in advance online.

Reserve your trees here!

Available species will include: Black Tupelo, American Fringe, Overcup Oak, Red Maple, Swamp White Oak.

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.

Download Planting Resources

Growth Guide

Guide to Tree Growth in Greenville

Planting Guide

A Guide to Planting Trees


Tree Fund logoThe City Tree Fund, established to enhance funding for tree planting in the city, has 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.