FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 21, 2022
Contact: John Scott
Parks, Natual Resources and Cultural Affairs
24th annual Celebration of Trees set for Oct. 29
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The City of Fayetteville will hold its annual Celebration of Trees giveaway on Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Spring Street Parking Garage.
Beginning at 7 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 24th annual recognition of Arbor Day and helps grow Fayetteville’s urban forests. Over the past 23 years, the City has given away more than 16,000 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 at https://www.fayetteville-ar.gov/trees.
Residents are encouraged to have preferred species selected ahead of time. Trees and shrubs available this year include:
Buttonbush – Cephalanthus occidentalis
White fringe tree – Chionanthus viginicus
Witch hazel – Hamamelis virginiana
Willow oak – Quercus phellos
Bur oak – Quercus macrocarpa
Nuttall oak – Quercus texana
Virginia sweetspire (“Henry’s garnet”) – Itea viginica
Arrowwood viburnum – Viburnum dentatum
Sweet pecan – Carya illinoinensis
Beauty berry – Callicarpa americana
Strawberry bush – Euonymus americanus
Paw paw – Asmina triloba
For more information, visit https://fayetteville-ar.gov/trees or call the City’s Urban Forestry department at 479-444-3470.