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The Mature Tree Program is an incentive to encourage
homeowners to plant and maintain canopy trees.
The City of Sarasota Tree Mitigation Fund will cover
up to $500.00 of the cost of the tree once the
$100.00 minimum deposit has been met.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I participate?
Please contact the vendor, Tree Biotics, at (941) 480-6387 or MatureTreeProgram@gmail.com
Who will select the tree?
The homeowner will select from the vendor’s list of available species.
Who is responsible for the care/maintenance of the tree?
The homeowner owns and is responsible for the tree. The vendor will provide general information about care
and maintenance. A Quick Guide for Tree Planting for Homeowners (ufl.edu)
Can the homeowner purchase and plant the tree himself?
The homeowner must utilize the City vendor to participate in the Mature Tree Program.
What is the vendor payment process?
The homeowner is responsible for a minimum deposit of $100.00 to the vendor. The homeowner will also be
responsible for any balance beyond the City’s contribution of $500.00.
Will the tree be planted in the right of way or on private property?
All planting will occur between the right-of-way and the front plane of the house.
How do I determine the location of the right-of-way?
The vendor will assist in locating the right-of-way.
What is the survival requirement?
If a tree dies, the homeowner is responsible to replace it without further assistance from the city.
• Residents will own the tree.
• Residents are responsible for watering and pruning maintenance.
Seasonal residents must make arrangements for watering.
• Selections will be limited to the list of approved trees. Palms are
• Minimum tree size is 2” caliper. Grade #1 minimum.
• In accordance with the right tree, right location principle, planting
location must be between the right-of-way and front plane of the
• Planting under utility wires will not be allowed in most cases.
• Residents are limited to one tree, per property, per calendar year
Tree Species Unit Cost per Tree
Live Oak $545.00
Silver Buttonwood $822.83
Red Maple $650.00
Gumbo Limbo $725.00