Reserve a free tree to plant in your yard – planting a tree is about the best thing you can do for the environment.
2,000 trees will be given away, one tree per household. Reserve your tree with the online form linked below. You must be a Howard County residents to participate.
- Thursday, October 17th from 4-7 pm
- Saturday, October 19th, from 9am-2pm
There will be two pickup locations offered:
- Recreation and Parks Headquarters, 7120 Oakland Mills Rd, Columbia, MD 21046
- West Friendship Park, 12985 MD-144, West Friendship, MD 21794
The trees will be in 5-gallon containers and approximately 5 to 8 feet tall. They are all native species. Native species generally live longer and require less care. Residents will be responsible for loading the trees into their vehicles at pickup and for planting and caring for the trees.
Please use THIS ONLINE APPLICATION to reserve your tree.
Here is some information about what trees we have reserved so that you think about which might fit into your property.
- Red Maple (Acer rubrum) Height: 40-100’ at maturity; full to partial sunlight; moist to wet conditions
- River Birch, multi-stem (Betula nigra) Height: 50-75’ at maturity; full to partial sunlight; moist to wet conditions
- American Hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana) Height: 13-40’ at maturity; partial sunlight to shade; moist conditions
- Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis) Height: 20-35’ at maturity; partial sunlight to shade; dry to moist conditions
- Black gum (Nyssa sylvatica) Height: 30-75’ at maturity; full to partial sunlight; dry, moist and wet conditions
- Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) Height: 75-100’ at maturity; full to partial sunlight; moist to wet conditions
- Swamp White Oak (Quercus bicolor) Height: 60-100’ at maturity; full to partial sunlight; wet conditions
- Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra) Height: 90’ at maturity; full to partial sunlight; dry to moist conditions
To learn more details about these tree species, visit https://plants.usda.gov. You can search trees by common name (e.g., Red Maple) or scientific name (e.g., Acer rubrum).
Trees improve the environment in terms of climate, stormwater, energy savings and economic value to homeowners. Learn more about tree benefits at ArborDay.org.