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Posted on: September 8, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Annual Tree Giveaway at the Celebration of Trees

Stylized drawing of a tree with "Celebration of Trees 2021: Keep Fayetteville Shady!"

September 8, 2021


John Scott                                                      
Urban Forester
Parks and Recreation                        


Annual Tree Giveaway at the Celebration of Trees


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.—Beginning at 7 a.m. on Saturday, October 23, the City of Fayetteville’s Parks and Recreation Department and the Urban Forestry Advisory Board will be giving out FREE trees and shrubs to Fayetteville residents as part of the City’s annual Celebration of Trees. The giveaway will be held in the Spring Street Parking Garage in a drive-through manner to maintain proper social distancing. 

This event is the City’s 23rd annual recognition of Arbor Day and helps grow our urban forests. Over the past 22 years, the City has given away over 15,000 trees and shrubs to Fayetteville residents. 

To receive their trees, residents are asked to enter the parking deck from Spring Street and exit on S. School. Participants should wear face coverings while going through the parking garage and remain in their vehicles. Please be prepared to show proof of residency in Fayetteville, such as a utility bill, to receive your free trees or shrubs. Each resident may receive two plants. We encourage citizens to have their tree/shrub species selected ahead of time. Staff and volunteers will load the plants into the vehicles. The tree giveaway will continue until supplies are gone. 

The Celebration of Trees is a one-day event, but growing a tree is a sustained endeavor that will positively impact Fayetteville's urban forest for many years. Please consider the location and future growth pattern of the trees when making your selection.  Full information about each available species is available on the City’s website at

Trees and Shrubs available this year will include:

  • Paw Paw – Asminia Tribola  (very limited quantity)
  • Pecan – Carya illinoinesis
  • Shingle Oak – Quercus imbricaria
  • Willow Oak – Quercus phellos
  • Bur Oak – Quercus macrocarpa
  • Nuttall Oak- Quercus texana
  • Native Fringe Tree – Chionanthus virginicus 
  • Rusty Blackhaw – Viburnum rufidulum
  • Arrowwood Viburnum – Viburnum dentatum
  • Virginia Sweetspire – Itea viginica ‘Henry’s Garnet’
  • Beauty Berry- Callicarpa americana

QUESTIONS? Visit, or call the City’s Urban Forestry department at 479.444.3470.  



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