25 Free Trees Available

Tree Fredericksburg has received a grant funded by CSX Railroad Corporation and The Alliance for Community Trees.  We have been given funding to give away 80 free trees (15 gallon trees – retail value $100) in the City of Fredericksburg this fall, and 25 trees are still available!

Rules

  • The tree must be planted inside the City (zip 22401) anyplace in your front or back yard.
  • One tree per residence.
  • The recipient must attend a 10-minute tutorial on Saturday afternoon October 11th on the proper planting of trees.
  • The tree must be mulched as per the tree mulch standards of the City of Fredericksburg (standards available here and here).
  • The tree must be watered weekly the first summer after it is planted. (Tree watering bags can be rented for $20 a season and when the bag is returned in good condition, the $20 fee will be refunded.)

Application

Please either fill out the application (.pdf| .doc). You can either mail it back or send it by email. Please act quickly – there are only 25 trees left!

We are doing this on a first come basis with special consideration for those who have helped us plant trees or have given us financial support over the last few years

Resources

Here are a couple of resources pages for you to research the various trees:

We urge you to plant native trees if at all possible and  the largest possible species that you can in your yard.  Large trees give so many more benefits to our environment than small ornamental trees. Remember – just because it says that the tree will grow to 50 ft – that will probably not be in our lifetime. Plant a tree for posterity – plant a big tree!

Trees

Some brief info regarding each species:

Native

  • Blackgum (Nyssa sylvatica): Round headed tree, 40 ft high. Tiny black fruit – birds will eat. Turns bright red in the fall.
  • Honey Locust (Gleditsia Skyline): 45 ft high. Small leaves. Fruitless.
  • Kentucky Yellowwood (Cladrastis kentuckea): Vase shaped tree. 30-35 ft high. Panicles of white flowers in May. Slower growing. Lovely gray mottled bark.
  • Pin Oak (Quercus palustris): 55 ft high.
  • Red Maple (Acer rubrum): 35ft high – roots come to the surface.
  • River Birch (Betula nigra): 40 ft high – narrow – small leaves – no fruit. White exfoliating bark.
  • Swamp White Oak (Quercus bicolor): A beautiful native tree with lustrous, heavy textured green leaves with wavy margins. Adaptability to wet, poorly drained soils and tolerance of drought make it a fine choice for urban settings. 45 ft high.
  • Tulip Poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera): 60 ft high, 30 ft wide. One of the best trees that feed huge varieties of wildlife. A large, fast growing tree, native to the eastern U.S. It flowers in late spring to early summer. Flowers are large, yellow-green with an orange center, and their shape resembles that of a tulip.
  • Willow Oak (Quercus phellos): 50 ft high – slender leaves. Fast growing.
  • Yoshino Cherry (Prunus yoshino): 25ft high and wide. Single pink blossom. Long lasting blooms. The cherry tree at the tidal basin.

Non-native

  • American Elm (Ulmus Americana Patriot): Vase shaped tree, 50 ft in height (in 50 yrs). Fast growing.  Roots are well behaved. Good in compact soil. No fruit.
  • Chinese Elm (Ulmus Parvifolia): Vase shaped. Very, very fast growing. No fruit. Small leaves. Exfoliating bark. 35-45 ft high.
  • Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glypotstroboides): Needles drop in winter. 70 ft high. Narrow, conical.
  • Kwanzan Cherry (Prunus Kwanzan): 30 ft high and wide. Fast growing. Double bloom of pink.
  • London Plane (Plantanus x acerifolia): Cousin to the sycamore and looks identical without the disease elements associated with sycamore. 50-60 ft high. Exfoliating bark. Large open tree. Loves water.
  • Zelkova (Green vase): 45 ft high- vase shaped. Fast growing. Tolerant of clay soil.