"Tree-bates" Available to City Residents

July 2020 - Program Update

The program ended on June 30, 2020. Please stay tuned for a
new and exciting program called Plant One Tree On
Us. It should open in September 2020.

Program Overview

Trees provide beauty, shade and privacy. Take advantage of these benefits in your yard by planting some new trees. Tree-bates of $50 and $100 City are available to City of Bowie residents who would like to purchase up to two eligible trees at any Maryland nursery or store.

Tree species eligible for the rebate must be at least 1/2 caliper inch and cost at least the amount of the rebate in terms of final amount paid (tree cost plus delivery cost minus coupons = $100 or more, $50 or more). List of eligible species are provided below.

Eligible tree species that are 30 feet or less in maximum height are eligible for a $50 tree-bate, and eligible tree species that are more than 30 feet in maximum height are eligible for a $100 tree-bate. Two tree-bates are allowed per household, and must be planted in a City of Bowie residential lot.

To participate in the tree-bate program, please refer to the checklist below:

1. Purchase one or two eligible trees at a Maryland nursery or store (keep receipt).
2. Plant and learn about your tree(s). You may also calculate your tree’s benefit.
3. Fill out City of Bowie rebate application form here for each tree. Upload a photo of the purchased tree(s) planted on your property and a copy of you receipt(s) to complete your application. 
4. Get your tree-bate(s). Within 2 - 4 weeks of receiving your application, the City of Bowie will verify your application(s) and send your rebate(s) to the mailing address you provided. 

 Questions? Contact Ashleigh Armentrout at 301-809-3044. 


Tree Species Eligible for $50 City Tree-bates

Dogwood, American Flowering (Cornus florida)

Cultivar: Cherokee Princess
Height: 20', Spread: 15'-20'. Small tree with flat topped crown. Place in well drained soil. Full sun to partial shade. Has character in all four seasons. Excellent as specimen tree or used on the corner of a house. Bright red berries are an important food source for songbirds including evening grosbeak, cardinals, robins and cedar waxwings.

Holly, American

(Ilex opaca)

Height: 15'-30', Spread: 18'-25'. Dense, pyramidal in youth, opening up with age. Plant in moist, well drained soil. Full sun or partial shade. Use one male for every three females. Use as specimen plant or in groupings. Many cultivars. Used extensively by many songbirds including thrushes, mockingbirds, catbirds, bluebirds and thrashers. Foliage provides cover for songbirds and mammals.

Redbud, Eastern (Cercis canadensis)

Cultivars: Forest Pansy, Merlot, and Rising Sun
Height: 20'-30', Spread: 25'-30'. Small tree with rounded crown, pink to purplish flowers in early spring. Heart-shaped leaves are reddish at emergence, become dark green, then yellow in the fall. Likes moist, well drained soils. Full sun to light shade. Can be used as a street, yard, or border tree. Requires little pruning after lower branches have been removed for clearance. Limited wildlife value.

Serviceberry, Downy (

Amelanchier arborea)

Height 15’-25’, Spread: up to 35’. Typically multi-stemmed. A beautiful orange leaf in the fall. Flowers white and in upright clusters. Fruit is preferred by birds. Fruit is sweet and edible.

PawPaw (Asminia triloba)

Height:15'-25', Spread: 15'. The PawPaw is North America's largest native fruit bearing tree. Although it is in the family of tropical fruits, it is the only temperate species, hardy from zones 9-5. They are an understory species, meant to bring beauty and delicious fruit to your backyard. They prefer partial sun to full sun and plenty of water. Also prefer to have at least one other pawpaw near them to pollinate. 

Tree Species Eligible for $100 City Tree-bates


Birch, River (Betula nigra)

Cultivar Preferred: Heritage
Height: 40'-70', Spread: 40'-60'. Pyramidal in youth and rounded with age. Often grown multistemmed. Best adapted to moist soils. Handsome tree used as specimen in parks and lawns. Catkins are used by redpolls and pine siskins. Foliage is used by browsers.

Elm, American (Ulmus americana)

Cultivars ONLY: Princeton and Valley Forge
Height 60'-80', spread 50'-80'. This large, graceful, spreading, medium to fast growing tree can reach to a height of 80 feet. It is well suited to lawns and urban landscapes. It prefers deep, rich soils, but grows well in a variety of conditions and is pH and salt tolerant.

Oak, Willow (Quercus phellos)

Height: 50'-100', Spread 30'-70'. Fast growing oak with willow-like foliage. Transplants more successfully than most oaks, and becomes established quickly. Good shade tree. Full sun or semi-shade. Easily grown in wet soils. Acorns are at the top of the food preference list for wood ducks, pheasants, grackles, jays, nuthatches, thrushes, woodpeckers, rabbits, foxes, squirrels and deer.

Oak, White (Quercus alba)

Height: 50'-80', Spread 50'-80'. A slow to medium growing shade tree. Its spreading canopy can help block sunlight and prefers to be in full sun to partial shade. It prefers deep, most, and well-drained soil and does not do well in alkaline or shallow soils. These trees can live for centuries and provide brilliant fall foliage.

Oak, Swamp White (Quercus bicolor )

Height: 50'-60', Spread 50'-60'. Swamp White Oaks are a great choice for either a shade tree or a street tree. These trees grow at a medium rate of about a foot per year and would prefer full sun. They like well-drained and wet soils but are also drought tolerant. The dark green leathery leaves grow in a rounded shape, and change to beautiful shades of yellow, red, and bronze in the fall season.

Sweetgum, American (Liquidambar styraciflua)

Cultivar: Rotundiloba
Height: 60'-80', Spread: 2/3 height. Pyramidal in youth, rounded crown at maturity. Likes deep, moist, acid soils. Occurs naturally on bottomlands. Excellent for lawn or park area. Gumballs can be a problem in lawn settings. Goldfinches and purple finches eat winged seeds. However, there are seedless varieties.

Tupelo or Gum, Black (Nyssa sylvatica)

Cultivars Preferred: Wildfire, Red Rage, and Green Gables
Height: 30'-70', Spread: 30'-45'. Pyramidal in youth and irregularly crowned at maturity. Prefers moist, well drained, acid soils. Full sun or semi-shade. Deep taproot. Spectacular fall colors make it a fine choice as a street tree in residential areas. Tolerates seacoast conditions. Fruit is relished by many songbirds. Users include wood ducks, robins, woodpeckers, thrashers, flickers, and mockingbirds.

Maple, American Red (Acer rubrum)

Cultivars: October Glory, Autumn Blaze, Jeffers Red
Height: 40'-60', Spread: 35'-45'. Grows at a medium to fast pace, adding 13"-24" per year. Often an ornamental tree, planted for its visual beauty added to a landscape. Likes wet soil conditions but can withstand drought conditions. American Red Maples enjoy full sun and will provide you something in every season. In the winter you have buds, spring is flowers, summer is leaf stalks, and fall is a magnificent color show.

Important Note:

If you have utility lines near your property, it is important to pay attention to the maximum height of the tree species you are selecting by referencing the Plant the Right Tree in the Right Place guidelines and to contact MISS UTILITY prior to planting at 800-257-7777.

Visit the State of Maryland website for more tree planting information.