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Spring Tree Giveaway 2023

Please make your selection by March 31st.

Forest Conservation Efforts

Forest Trees

Thank you again for participating in the 2023 Arbor Day tree giveaway. Please complete and submit this selection form by the end of March so we can get an inventory of the trees we need to collect. Soon we will send an e-mail with pick-up instructions.

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Free Tree Options:

American Flowering Dogwood
(Cornus florida):

Flowering dogwood is a popular landscaping tree due to its attractive foliage and flowers. It is a small tree, only growing to 15-30 feet. The flowers can be white, pink, or almost red and are not fragrant. Dogwoods also have relatively shallow root systems, making them better-suited to sites that have underground utilities near- by. It is important to ensure that this tree gets plenty of water, especially during the first year after planting.

Flowering dogwoods prefer acidic soil and will do well with azaleas, rhododendrons, mountain laurel, and evergreens.

Eastern Redbud
(Cercis canadensis):

Eastern redbud is arguably the most popular small landscaping tree in this region. Its popularity can be at- tributed to its attractive vase shape, heart-shaped leaves, and its pink flowers. This species can grow in full or partial sun but requires moist soils. Redbud is also one of the first trees to bloom in spring.

American Hornbeam

(Carpinus caroliniana):

American Hornbeam is a small tree reaching heights of 35-50 feet and often has an unusual fluted trunk. It is also known as ironwood or musclewood as the wood is very strong and is used for tool handles, walking sticks and golf clubs. It is often a natural constituent understory species in the eastern US. The fruit is a small nut that matures in the autumn. The leaves are eaten by the caterpillars of some butterflies and moths, and game birds eat the nutlets.

Sugar Maple

(Acer saccharum):

Sugar maple is one of the most popular trees in the eastern United States. This tree is valuable commercially because its sap is used to make maple syrup and its timber is used to make all sorts of wooden products such as furniture and baseball bats. Sugar maple is also planted in landscapes as an ornamental or shade tree. Its bright orange fall color and wide canopy make it well-suited to these uses.

White Oak

(Quercus alba):

White oak is Maryland’s state tree. The tree can grow to be very large, up to 100 feet, and forms a stately shape. Its shaggy grey bard stands out in winter. This is one of the slowest growing oaks, but it can grow in a wide range of conditions. White oak tends to have deep roots, so it is important to make sure that the soil at the planting site is not compacted. The acorns are a valuable wildlife food, and dried oak leaves are also occasionally eaten by white-tailed deer in the fall or winter.

Black gum

(Nyssa sylvatica):

Blackgum is a hardy and underutilized ornamental tree. It can survive in a variety of soils, but black- gum is mainly suited for lowland sites with moist soils. The dark, leathery leaves turn to shades of bright red and purple in the fall. This species also suffers from very few infestations, tolerates compacted soils and makes a great shade tree. The small purple berries in fall are often one of the first things eaten by birds and small mammals.

Selection Form

You must live within Middletown Maryland town limits to qualify.

* All fields must be filled out before you can submit the form.

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