$50 and $100 City Tree Rebates Available
The Tree Rebate Program is on hold for the Summer, as we prefer folks plant in the Fall and Spring seasons to promote survival of the trees. It will return September 15th! Sign up for the Green Bowie e-newsletter for more information and program updates.
Program Overview: It is time to start taking advantage of the many benefits that trees provide. Add beauty, shade, and privacy to your yard. Tree rebates of $50 and $100 City are available on a first come, first served basis for City of Bowie residents who would like to purchase up to two trees at any Maryland nursery or store. This program will be available until $10,000 in rebates are exhausted. There are 11 species of trees eligible for the rebate. See eligible tree species list below. Questions? Contact Ashleigh Armentrout at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-809-3044.
Eligible tree species 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). Eligible tree species that are 30 feet or less in maximum height are eligible for a $50 rebate, and eligible tree species that are more than 30 feet in maximum height are eligible for a $100 rebate. Two tree rebates are allowed per household, and must be planted in a City of Bowie residential lot. If your household has received a tree rebate or rebates prior, you are eligible for one additional tree rebate.
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.
To participate in the rebate program, please refer to the checklist below:
1. Purchase one or two eligible trees at a Maryland nursery or store to receive your rebate(s) depending on the maximum tree species height (< or equal to 30' max height = $50, >30' max height =$100). Two tree rebates are allowed per household, and must be planted in City of Bowie residential lot. If your household has received a tree rebate or rebates prior, you are eligible for one additional tree rebate. Rebates can apply towards the cost of the tree itself or the delivery/planting costs of a tree purchased as long as combined costs equal at least the amount of the rebate after other discounts are applied.
2. Plant and learn about your tree(s). Trees provide numerous benefits such as saving you money on air conditioning costs, providing City stormwater management, and cleaning the air we breathe. 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. You may also call 301-809-3044 to for a paper application.
4. Get your rebate(s). Within 2 - 4 weeks of receiving your tree photo(s), the City of Bowie will verify your application(s) and send your rebate(s) to the mailing address you provided.
Tree Species Eligible for $50 City Tree Rebates
Tree descriptions from Marylanders Plant Trees program.
Dogwood, American Flowering (Cornus florida)
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.
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)
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 (
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.
Tree Species Eligible for $100 City Tree Rebates
Birch, River (Betula nigra)
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)
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, Northern Red (Quercus rubra)
Height: 60'-80', Spread: 45'-65'. Habit is round-topped and symmetrical. Full sun. Prefers loamy, well drained soils. Fast growing tree for lawns, parks and estates. Acorns are at the top of the food preference list for wood ducks, pheasants, grackles, jays, nuthatches, thrushes, woodpeckers, rabbits, foxes, squirrels and deer.
Height: 60'-70', Spread: 25'-40'. Strongly pyramidal with descending branches. One of the faster growing oaks. Full sun. Tolerates wet soils but is adaptable to many soils types. Most widely used oak for landscaping. Used on lawns, parks, golf courses and around commercial buildings. 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, 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.
Sweetgum, American (Liquidambar styraciflua)
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)
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.