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Arbor Day Tree Giveaway
April 13 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pmFree
In celebration of Arbor Day, we’re giving away over 1,500 trees to our customers! In celebration of Arbor Day, we’re giving away over 1,500 trees to our customers this April 13th! Varieties on hand will be an assortment of Japanese maple, red maple, eastern redbud, Korean dogwood and the maidenhair tree. We will begin offering tree seedlings to customers at 11:00AM.* Traditionally, these free trees do not last long and they are only available while supplies last, so don’t wait! Each of our stores will have free trees available in the nursery where customers can stand in line following social distancing guidelines. Here is a preliminary description of each of the trees available for free that day:
Japanese Maple (acer palmatum) – Japanese red maple in the cultivar group atropurpureum is a versatile, ornamental, hardy small tree or multi-stemmed shrub. The deeply lobed 5-7-9 leaves are red or reddish-purple in spring and again in fall. In between, color varies from remaining red all summer to sometimes fading slightly with maturity or summer heat and even turning green. The paired, winged samaras are red and ripen in early autumn. The bark is fairly smooth. Young stems are green to reddish purple and red turning gray with age. Japanese maples prefer slightly acidic, moist, well-drained soil, and dappled shade; although if too much shade will grow slower and turn greener. Young leaves will need protection from high winds or late spring frosts. Water during dry periods. It is important to keep soil moisture consistent avoiding alternating dry and wet periods. This tree can be used for a specimen, accent, shrub border, grouping, or bonsai. Grows to 15′ to 25′, 20′ spread. (zones 5-8). Full sun and partial shade are best for this tree, meaning it prefers a minimum of four hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.
Red Maple (acer rubrum) – Brings color to your landscape year-round. Green stems turn red in winter, new leaves are red-tinged, turning to green. Fall color is deep red or yellow. Flowers are also red. Fast growing and tolerant of many soils. Grows to 40′ to 60′, 40′ spread. (zones 3-9) Consuming .03% of dry wilted leaves can cause toxicity to horses. Full sun is the ideal condition for this tree, meaning it should get at least six hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.
Eastern Redbud (cercis canadensis) – Rosy pink flowers appear in April. Reddish-purple leaves change to dark green, then to yellow. Forms a spreading, graceful crown. Full sun or light shade. Partial shade preferred in windy, dry areas. Grows to 20′ to 30′, 30′ spread. (zones 4-9). Full sun and partial shade are best for this tree, meaning it prefers a minimum of four hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.
Korean Dogwood (cornus kousa var. chinensis) – This handsome small tree adds year-round beauty. White flowers in May and June give a milky way effect; purple and scarlet fall leaves add intense color. Beautiful tree form, with horizontal branching. Grows to 15′ – 25′, 25′ spread. (zones 5-8). Full sun and partial shade are best for this tree, meaning it prefers a minimum of four hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.
Gingko Maidenhair Tree (gingko biloba) – A Gingko tree may grow very slowly for several years after planting, but then grow at a moderate rate, especially if it receives an adequate supply of water and some fertilizer. The Ginkgo is adapted for use as a street tree, even in confined soil spaces. Full sun and partial shade are best for this tree, meaning it prefers a minimum of four hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.
Heartleaf Hornbeam (carpinus cordata) – The Heartleaf Hornbeam is a slow-growing, densely branched, deciduous tree with an attractive rounded form that is native to Japan, Korea and China. It typically grows 20-30’ tall by 12-15’ wide but may reach 50’ tall in its native habitat. Doubly serrate, heart-shaped, prominently-veined, dark green leaves to 5.5” long are attractive throughout the growing season. Foliage produces no appreciable fall color. Insignificant tiny greenish flowers appear in spring in separate male and female catkins, with the female catkins giving way to somewhat showy cigar shaped seed pods to 3-5” long.
*Event will be held following COVID-19 guidelines. Limit one per household. While supplies last.