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 in order to grow and thrive in an urban setting.
Benefits of Austin’s Trees
Austin’s trees contribute over $36 million in benefits every year! They reduce water runoff during storms by 65 million cubic feet a year, and store 1.9 million tons of carbon (valued at $242 million).
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.