Celebration of Trees
The City of Fayetteville invites citizens to help maintain and grow our community's urban forest by taking home a free tree and/or shrub during the annual Celebration of Trees, hosted by Fayetteville Parks, Natural Resources and Cultural Affairs staff and the City of Fayetteville Urban Forestry Advisory Board.
Research this year's available species before making your selection. The Celebration of Trees is a one-day event, but growing a tree is a sustained endeavor. Many native trees and shrubs in the program provide excellent benefits for birds and pollinators. Properly located trees around the home can add property value, reduce utility bills, and protect skin from the sun's UV rays. Giveaway participants are encouraged to plant and manage their trees or shrubs as an essential part of Fayetteville's urban forest.
2023 Celebration of Trees
- Date: Saturday, Oct. 14
- Time: 6:45 a.m., until supplies are exhausted
- Location: Spring Street Parking Garage; please enter the parking deck from Spring St. and exit on N. School Ave.
Quantities are limited and trees are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Limit two (2) plants per present Fayetteville adult resident. Proof of residency will be required.
This will be a drive-through event; participants are asked to remain in their vehicles. Staff and volunteers will load the plants into the vehicles.
- Willow oak – Quercus phellos
- Bur oak – Quercus macrocarpa
- Paw paw – Asmina triloba
- Service Berry – Amalancier arborea
- Rusty Blackhaw – Viburnum rufidulum
- American Holly – Illex opaca
- Wild hydrangea – Hydrangea arborescens
- Shagbark Hickory – Cayra ovata
- Bald Cypress – Taxodium distichum
- Low Bush Blueberry – Vaccinium pallidum
- Buckeye – Aesculus glabra (White) or Aesculus pavia (red)
Right Tree, Right Place
The Urban Forestry Advisory Board and Urban Forestry staff stress the importance of “Right Tree, Right Place.”
Trees can take many years to reach their mature height and spread. It is important for homeowners to take all surroundings into consideration when choosing the location for their new tree. To avoid the need for heavy pruning or removal, consider the mature height of the tree and its proximity to overhead power lines. Residents should always contact Arkansas One Call at 811 or 800-482-8998 before digging.
For additional information on this year’s available trees and shrubs, please call the City’s urban foresters at 479-444-3486 or 479-444-3470.