SOLD OUT! We’re sorry, but all of the 2020 trees have been reserved. The wait list is also closed. Thank you for your understanding.
Howard County’s 2020 Trees in 2020 registration is now closed. 2,020 trees were offered to Howard County residents to plant on their property.
Another great option that encourages residents to plant trees is the Marylanders Plant Trees coupon program. Maryland Department of Natural Resources offers a $25 coupon off of native trees that cost $50 or more at participating nurseries. Find the coupon here and use the tabs on the left of the page to find Participating Nurseries and Recommended Trees.
About the Trees
Here are descriptions of the 2020 Tree Giveaway trees. The trees will be in 5-gallon containers and approximately 5 to 8 feet tall. They are all native species. All species are native to Maryland, are acclimated to our climate and provide food and shelter for wildlife. Residents are responsible for loading the trees into their vehicles. This is especially important this year as we practice social distancing.
(Black Gum (Nyssa sylvatica)– grows to a height of 30-75′ with a width of 20-50′. Lesser known but lovely, prefers partial shade to full sun and can tolerate dry, moist, or seasonally wet soils. Has a greenish flower in the spring, with a black fleshy fruit and stunning red fall foliage. The Black gum is a versatile species with high wildlife value. Sorry, all the Black Gum have been reserved and are longer available.)
(Red Maple (Acer rubrum)- grows to a height of 40-100′ with a spread of 30-75′. Prefers full sun to partial shade and moist to wet soils. Often found in swampy areas and may need extra watering if planted in a dry area. Has a small red flower early in spring and vibrant red to yellow fall foliage. The red maple is the earliest spring bloomer. Sorry, all the Red Maple have been reserved and are no longer available)
(Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida)– grows to a height of 20-50′ with a spread of 20-50′. Prefers partial shade, but is often seen growing in full sunlight as well. Prefers dry to moist soils. Grows well in open forests and along forest edges. White spring flowers with a red to orange berry and scarlet foliage in the fall. The Dogwood has high wildlife value, with fall migrant birds relying on its berries. Sorry, all the Dogwoods have been reserved and are no longer available.)
(Redbud (Cercis canadensis)- grows to a height of 20-35’ with a spread of 20-35’. Prefers partial sunlight to full shade, but is often seen growing in full sun as well. Prefers well drained to moist soils. Tolerates a variety of locations but grows well as an understory species and along streambanks. Pink to purple spring flowers with a seedpod in the fall and golden yellow foliage. The Redbud is a nitrogen fixing species. Sorry, all the Redbuds have been reserved and are no longer available.)
All tree facts listed above are from the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service “Native Plants for Wildlife Habitat and Conservation Landscaping: Chesapeake Bay Watershed.”
Tree Pickup Locations
There were two pickup locations and two dates to choose from. The dates and times are applicable to both pickup locations.
- West Friendship Park- (12985 Frederick Rd, West Friendship, MD 21794) across from the Howard County Fairgrounds, shares property with the Howard County Living Farm Heritage Museum. The pick up area will be at the front of the park by the large barn.
- Rockburn Park West- (6105 Rockburn Branch Park Rd, Elkridge, MD 21075). Use the entrance off Montgomery Road, pass Rockburn Elementary School on your right and make a left into the first parking lot near the historic Clover Hill house.
- Thursday, September 24th, from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- Saturday, September 26th, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
YOU MUST PICK UP YOUR TREE AT THE LOCATION AND ON THE DATE YOU SELECT. Each site will only have inventory for that site and date. If you cannot pick up your tree on either of these dates, please do not reserve a tree. You may have another person pick up for you. Have them bring a printout of your reservation.
We learned a few lessons from the tree giveaway we did last year. This year we also have the added challenge of social distancing, so we ask that you follow the directions and be kind to the staff at pickup. We had so many enthusiastic residents attend last year and we are glad to offer the program again.
- When you reserve your tree(s), please save and print your confirmation page (print, take a screen shot or cut and paste). The confirmation will appear after you reserve your trees at the link above. Unfortunately, our system does not send a separate, automatic email to you.
- At pickup, you will need to bring your print out of the tree reservation. Having a paper print out will allow for social distancing to go smoothly as we keep track of the remaining inventory.
- If you arrive at the incorrect location you will be redirected.
- If you miss your Thursday pickup, we may have your tree(s) on Saturday but you may not pickup a Saturday tree on Thursday (our delivery for each pickup day is specific to that day).
- To maximize social distancing, park and go straight to the tent/area with the name of your tree choice. Please show your print-out and pick up the first tree in line. We will space the available trees 6 feet apart. Due to social distancing and unlike last year, you will not be allowed to go through all of the trees and choose.
- If you have a second or third tree that is a different species, please continue to the tent with that type and show your reservation paper again.
- Masks are required and practice social distancing.
- It is recommended to bring a bag, tarp or blanket to lay your tree(s) on to keep your car clean.
- All trees will be rooted in 5-gallon containers and will vary is height from 4’ to 8’. Please plan accordingly.
- Please be prepared to load your tree into your car without assistance.
To learn more details about these tree species, visit https://plants.usda.gov. Trees improve the environment in terms of climate, stormwater, energy savings and economic value to homeowners. Learn more about tree benefits at ArborDay.org.