TreesDurham is an organization that loves Durham and loves trees. Their goal is to increase Durham’s tree canopy so that the city has 50% shade coverage.
TreesDurham, Durham Rotary, Keep Durham Beautiful and El Futuro are holding an event where they are giving Durham residents free trees.
The tree giveaway takes place at El Futuro, 2020 Chapel Hull Road, Durham, on Saturday, December 7th, 2019, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Each household is allowed 1 tree. Please use this form to reserve a tree in advance and select which type you would like.
The trees will be reserved on a first come, first serve basis. Some trees will also be available for walk-up participants on a first-come, first-served basis.
You do need to pick the tree up at the event.
Also, a tree planting demonstration will be held at the event.
Here are descriptions of the trees available at the giveaway. Information is from Keep Durham Beautiful’s website, where you can see pictures of the trees. Quantities are limited for all the trees.
- Slow growing evergreen, with fragrant white flowers
- Tolerates shade or sun. Blooms best in the sun
- Tolerates wet soils. needs water to get established
- Beautiful native plant
- This type of Sweetbay Magnolia typically takes years to reach 15 feet or more
- Beautiful native oak with high pollinator value
- Grows large, so over time provides shade
- Likes to be planted in full to part sun
- Leaves turn a bright reddish bronze in the fall
- Require almost no care besides mulching in the fall
- Small sized native tree
- Likes shade to part shade
- Leaves turn golden in the fall
- Has interesting seeds that look like hops used for beer
- Difficult to find – a rare opportunity for gardeners
- Medium shade tree
- Leaves turn yellow in fall, fruit is inconspicuous
- Moderately fast growth rate, maximum height growth of 40-45 feet
- Exhibits relatively upright form and somewhat spreading canopy
- Relatively short lived (30 +/- years)
- Does best in almost all soil types. Not drought tolerant. Somewhat adapted to saturated (poorly drained) areas. Performs best in full sun (not shade tolerant)
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