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Trees are an essential part of our community and provide us with economic, environmental, and social benefits. They lower our energy bills, clean our water and air, and support improved mood and health. Trees need active stewardship to grow and thrive in an urban setting. 
Image of Austin. Text reads, Austin has over 33 million trees, which shade over 30% of the city.

Benefits of Austin’s Trees

Austin’s trees are valued at $12.3 billion and contribute more than $38 million in services every year! Annually, these services benefit the community by reducing 168 million cubic feet in water runoff during storms and storing 1.2 million tons of carbon.
Bar graph showing benefits of trees in a graph - $18.9 million in reduced energy costs, $11.6 million in carbon sequestration, $2.8 million in pollution removal, $5.5 million in avoided health care costs.

Austin’s Tree Species

Diversity in both tree species and age supports the resilience of a community's urban forest. Climate change brings a multitude of challenges for our native species. The City supports planting native trees, and non-invasive, adapted tree species to increase our urban forest's resiliency.  
The following graph shows the top five tree species in Austin.  

Austin has over 33 million trees. Ash Juniper: 37%, Cedar Elm: 18%, Live Oak: 8%, Hackberry: 6%, Texas Persimmon: 6%, All others: 25%.

This page is full of Austin tree facts curated from the USDA’s Austin’s Urban Forest Report. Read the full report here!  
What can you do to support the trees in our community? Visit www.austintexas.gov/trees to learn more. 
 
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