Sept. 12, 2023
Contact: John Scott
Parks, Natural Resources and Cultural Affairs
25th annual Celebration of Trees to be held Oct. 14
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The City of Fayetteville will hold its annual Celebration of Trees giveaway on Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Spring Street Parking Garage.
Beginning at 6:45 a.m., City staff and the Urban Forestry Advisory Board will give out FREE trees and shrubs to Fayetteville residents in a drive-through manner on a first-come, first-served basis. The event will take place until all trees and shrubs are given away.
This event is the City’s 25th annual recognition of Arbor Day and helps grow Fayetteville’s urban forests. Over the past 24 years, the City has given away more than 17,000 trees and shrubs to Fayetteville residents.
Residents are asked to enter the parking deck from Spring Street and exit on N. School Ave. Proof of residency in Fayetteville, such as a utility bill, will need to be shown to receive a free tree or shrub. Each resident may receive two plants. Staff and volunteers will load the plants into the vehicles; participants are asked to stay in their vehicle.
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: https://www.fayetteville-ar.gov/234/Celebration-of-Trees.
Residents are encouraged to have preferred species selected ahead of time. Trees and shrubs available this year include:
- Willow oak – Quercus phellos
- Service berry- Amalancier arborea
- Rusty blackhaw – Viburnum rufidulum
- American holly - Illex opaca
- Burr oak – Quercus macrocarpa
- 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)
- Paw paw – Asminia Tribola
For more information, visit https://fayetteville-ar.gov/trees or call the City’s Urban Forestry department at 479-444-3470.