West University Tree Trust
About the Tree Trust
The West University Place Tree Trust was established as a means to ensure the regeneration and diversity of the city’s urban forest. The Tree Trust is funded by payments from residents and contractors who remove trees for the construction of homes, garages, pools or other structures when they do not have enough space on their lot for the minimum required replacement plantings.
The current donation rate is $250 per diameter inch and $2,000 for each 4-inch tree required. If you are interested in donating toward your replacement requirement, you may email the City of West University Place Development Services Division.
Tree Trust Application
Each fall, residents may apply for a tree, at no direct cost, to be planted in the right of way adjacent to their property (i.e. area between the sidewalk and the curb). Trees are typically planted during December and/or January. Trees are planted on a first come basis depending on the amount of funds available in the account. Application deadline is generally November 1st.
Residents who wish to apply can do so by:
- Online application
- Print and mail a paper application (PDF) to:
West University Place
West University Place, TX 77005
Fax: 713-662-5304 or in person at the Public Works Building located at 3826 Amherst Street.
Limitations / Regulations
Trees from the Tree Trust may only be planted in the street right-of-way. Please consider the available planting space when making your request for a particular type of tree. Tree species that mature into large trees will not be planted beneath the canopy of an existing healthy tree or beneath overhead utility lines. Also consider visibility triangles at street intersections and at street and driveway intersections.
Applicants who have the required growth space and are approved will receive at no cost a 30-gallon container holding a tree approximately 10-feet tall and 2 inches in caliper. Larger trees may be purchased at the rates included on the Tree Trust Application Form (PDF). To reserve a larger tree, you must submit the form with payment by mail or in person. The trees will be planted, staked, mulched and fertilized by the City. Applicants will then be responsible for all maintenance after planting.