New York

New York City: Urban Forests

We love New York City trees! Find out why our urban forest is so important to life in the city.

New York City Trees

A pocket guide to New York City's most common tree species.

New York City has 5 million trees that clean our air, beat summer heat, and make the city a better place to live and visit.

Did You Know...
  • Trees cover almost a quarter of the city, and there’s more than 6,000 acres of woodlands in our parks alone.
  • There are more than 168 species of trees in New York City. Walking down the streets and through the parks here you’ll see London planetrees, Norway maples, black cherry trees and sweetgums among others.
  • One tree can remove up to 26 pounds of carbon a year, the equivalent of 11,000 miles of car emissions.
  • Trees affect the weather: By planting enough trees in the right places, we can shade buildings and sidewalks and make a serious impact on the heat. In winter, trees that are properly placed around buildings as windbreaks can save up to a quarter of winter heating costs.
  • Lack of space, invasive species and physical threats like vandalism and storms mean our urban forests are at risk.
What You Can Do
  • Get to Know Your Trees: Download our Pocket Guide to NYC's Most Common Tree Species and start learning the different tree species you see throughout the city.
  • Take Care of Your Trees: Care for the trees in your neighborhood by keeping an eye out for damaged or unhealthy trees, and letting the city know if something doesn’t look right. Signs of a sick/dead tree include blackened or fewer leaves, brittle or peeling bark, and lost branches.
  • Support Healthy Trees, Healthy Cities: The Nature Conservancy's Healthy Trees, Healthy Cities program works with communities to assess the urban forest health, inform tree planting and management, and engage volunteers in tree stewardship.