Adopting a tree is a neat way to acknowledge a tree that has somehow enhanced your quality of life, whether on a day-to-day basis or one time only.  Participating in this program gives you or your group the opportunity to join a community of treekeepers around the Bluegrass, who recognize the benefits and beauty that trees provide us.


Casey, Corey, and chestnut oak

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Gracie, Isabelle, Phillipe, Jack, Brennan and dogwood

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Maya UK sycamore

There aren't many sycamore trees in my home town, so I really began to this tree species once I came to Kentucky.

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Reed, Mercedes, and american holly

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Adrian, Ethan and hornbeam

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Mariah and smoketree

It reminds me a lot of my favorite book as a child, which was the Lorax by Dr. Seuss.

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Suraj snowstorm sycamore

I have enjoyed looking out my window at this tree since coming to UK.

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Have a tree in mind? Here's what you need...

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  1.  Adopt-a-Tree Lexington packet

  2.  Tools

    • Tape measure
    • Calculator
    • Camera

  3.  National Tree Benefits Calculator

  4.  Adopt-a-Tree webform



  • Simple and free
  • Learn to measure a tree
  • Fun group or team-building excercise
  • Calculate benefits of your favorite tree
  • Join in creating a “treekeeper” community in the Bluegrass, share your love of trees!


Why Lexington?

The majority of the urban trees in Lexington are on private property. This includes all of the homes and businesses in our community. Promoting the beauty and benefits of our urban trees is a group effort. The tree in your yard benefits us both. The trees in all of our yards make up the urban forest. A healthy urban forest is a real possibility, one that starts with awareness of its benefits by us, the community.



Tree Identification

  • Kentucky Trees - common trees native to Kentucky (UK Ag)
  • vTree - web/mobile application from Virginia Tech
  • Leafsnap - web/mobile application



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