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Celebration of Trees 2017
October 9, 2017

John Scott
Urban Forester
Parks and Recreation Department

Lee Porter
Urban Forester
Parks and Recreation Department

Tree and Shrub Giveaway at Nineteenth Annual Celebration of Trees
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Please join Mayor Lioneld Jordan, the City of Fayetteville Parks and Recreation Department, and the City of Fayetteville Urban Forestry Advisory Board for the Nineteenth Annual Celebration of Trees!
This annual event celebrates Arbor Day locally with the goal of growing Fayetteville’s urban forest. A FREE tree and/or shrub giveaway begins at 7 a.m. on Saturday, October 28 at Arvest Bank Plaza (northeast corner of Fayetteville’s Historic Downtown Square). 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.
Date: Saturday, October 28
Time: 7 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 present Fayetteville adult resident. Proof of residency is required!
2017 Trees and Shrubs: Visit this webpage to learn about each species. Informational flyers regarding plant characteristics, planting suggestions, and management tips will be available with each tree or shrub.
  • American Hornbeam – Carpinus caroliniana
  • Arrowood Viburnum – Viburnum dentatum
  • Carolina Buckthorn – Rhamnus caroliniana
  • Eagleston Holly – Ilex x attenuatta
  • Paw Paw – Asimina triloba
  • Pecan – Carya illinoinensis
  • Persimmon – Diospyros virginiana
  • Redbud – Cercis canadensis
  • Rusty Viburnum – Viburnum rufidulum
  • White Oak – Quercus alba
  • Willow Oak – Quercus phellos
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 heavy pruning or removal, consider the mature height of the tree and proximity near overhead power lines. Residents should always contact Arkansas One Call at 811 or 800-482-8998 before digging. For additional information on this year’s available trees and shrubs, please call the City’s urban foresters at 479-444-3486 or 479-444-3470.
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