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Celebration of Trees Twentieth Annual Tree Giveaway
October 6, 2018

John Scott
Urban Forester
Parks and Recreation Department

Melissa Evans
Urban Forester
Parks and Recreation Department

Tree and Shrub Giveaway at Twentieth 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 Twentieth 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 13 at Arvest Bank Plaza (northeast corner of Fayetteville’s Historic Downtown Square). Adults should be prepared to show proof of Fayetteville 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 13
Time: 7 a.m. until supplies are exhausted
Location: Arvest Bank Plaza on Center Street on the Historic Downtown 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!
2018 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.

  • Arrowood Viburnum – Viburnum dentatum
  • Paw Paw – Asimina triloba
  • Persimmon – Diospyros virginiana
  • Redbud – Cercis canadensis
  • Rusty Viburnum – Viburnum rufidulum
  • White Oak – Quercus alba
  • Willow Oak – Quercus phello
  • Catalpa Tree - Catalpa speciosa
  • Bald cypress - Taxodium disticum
  • Black Gum - Nyssa sylvatica
  • Sycamore - Platanua occidentalis
  • Winterberry - Ilex vertisalata
  • Walters Viburnum -  Viburnum obovatum 'Reifler's Dwarf'
  • Button Bush - Cephalanthus occidentalis
  • Native Fringe Tree – Chionanthus virginicus

The Urban Forestry Advisory Board and Urban Forestry staff stress the importance of “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 the need for heavy pruning or removal, consider the mature height of the tree and its proximity to 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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