FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 7, 2019
Annual Tree Giveaway at the Celebration of Trees
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — In honor of Arbor Day, the City of Fayetteville will hold its twenty-first annual Celebration of Trees and tree giveaway at 7 a.m. on Saturday, October 26, at the Arvest Bank Plaza on the northeast corner of Fayetteville’s Historic Downtown Square Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan, the City of Fayetteville Parks and Recreation Department, and the City of Fayetteville Urban Forestry Advisory Board will be giving out FREE trees and shrubs to City residents. The event is held annually with the goal of helping to grow the City’s urban forest. Adults should be prepared to show proof of their City residency before selecting a tree or shrub.
The Celebration of Trees is a one-day event, but growing a tree is a sustained endeavor that positively impacts the urban forest in Fayetteville for years in the future. Over the last 21 years, the City has given away more than 14,000 trees and shrubs to Fayetteville residents.
Date: Saturday, October 26
Time: 7:00 a.m. until supplies are exhausted
Location: Arvest Bank Plaza on Center Street on the Downtown Historic Square
Quantities: Limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Limit (2) plants per adult Fayetteville resident that is present at the event.
Trees and shrubs available this year will include:
-Arrowood viburnum – Viburnum dentatum
-Paw Paw – Asimina triloba
-Persimmon – Diospyros virginiana
-White oak – Quercus alba
-Bald cypress- Taxodium distichum
-Black gum- Nyssa sylvatica
-Willow oak- Quercus phellos
-Button bush- Cephalanthus occidentalis
-Swamp chestnut oak- Quercus michauxii
-Fothergilla- Fothergilla major
Questions? Call (479) 444-3486 or (479) 444-3470
The Urban Forestry Advisory Board and Urban Forestry staff stress “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. Before digging, residents should always contact Arkansas One Call at 811 or (800) 482-8998.
Informational flyers regarding plant characteristics, planting suggestions, and management tips will be available with each tree or shrub at the Celebration of Trees 2019 event.
Visit http://www.fayetteville-ar.gov/234/Celebration-of-Trees to learn more about each species.