ReTree Irondequoit

This initiative plants and maintains native trees and other native flora in Irondequoit, NY.

Small tree in a yard surrounded by a fence.

Seeking volunteer Tree Guardians!

We’re looking for individuals to join our team as volunteer Tree Guardians. Your role would involve visiting a tree location once a week to water and ensure the well-being of the tree. Locations include Helendale Road School and Ivan Green School. Please send me an email at if you are interested!

About ReTree Irondequoit


This is a new initiative by the Color Irondequoit Green (CIG) group aimed at improving our community’s native biodiversity. Here’s how it works:

  1. Collaborate with a volunteer property owner to select a suitable location.
  2. Coordinate with the property owner to choose the right plants for the area.
  3. ReTree provides and plants the selected flora
    1. along with any required deer-proof fencing [for public areas].
  4. ReTree commits to ongoing care, including weekly watering during warmer months and regular monitoring of plant needs [for public areas].

That’s all there is to it! This initiative is completely free for the property owner. If you’re interested in participating, please don’t hesitate to reach out. This initiative draws inspiration and support from ReTree Webster, a part of the Friends of Webster Trails.

2-3 foot tall pussy willow tree sapling. Long green leaves on a slender trunk.

Pussy willow sapling, 2 ft
  • General information: A narrow, deciduous, perennial shrub or small tree that grows to 20 feet. It has multiple trunks. Furry catkins appear in late winter. This plant is short-lived, growing in full sun and moist soils.
  • Ready to plant this fall!


White dogwood sapling. 3 feet tall. 16 large oval shaped leaves on a slender truck.

White dogwood sapling, 3 ft
  • General information: A small, deciduous, perennial tree. It typically grows 15-30 feet tall with low branches. White flowers in warm months and red fruits in cooler months. Deer resistant and grows in partial to full shade, and in dry to moist, well-drained soils.
  • Ready to plant this fall!
  • New York Flora Atlas page

1 foot tall service berry tree sapling. Small ruffled green leaves on a small stem.

2 Serviceberry saplings, 1 ft
  • General information: Deciduous, tall shrub or small tree growing about 15-25 feet tall. White flowers and the bark is gray with a reddish cast. Small, edible berries are reddish-purple. Grows in full sun to full shade. Fruit does best in full sun.


  • These tree are not ready yet!