Hardwood tree seedling giveaway returns

Published on Wednesday, 15 February 2017 17:57 - Written by The City of Tyler

The City of Tyler and the Texas A&M Forest Service are partnering to give away 1,800 hardwood tree seedlings on Saturday, Feb. 25 starting at 9:30 a.m. Seedlings will be given on a first come, first serve basis. The giveaway will be held in the Lowe’s parking lot at Broadway Crossing Shopping Center behind Chick-Fil-A, located at 5716 S. Broadway Ave.

The City’s Arborist Cody Goldman and Lee Andersen from the Texas A&M Forest Service will be on hand to discuss the proper method of planting these seedlings and how to best care for the trees as they mature.

“We are still seeing mature trees that are dying from drought conditions in years past,” City Arborist Cody Goldman said. “These seedlings, when cared for properly, will eventually replace many of the hardwoods lost from Tyler’s urban forest.”

The trees were donated by the Texas A&M Forest Service through efforts to help Texas recover from natural losses of trees.

“We are proud to be able to offer this to the City of Tyler,” said Smith County District Forester Lee Andersen, on behalf of the Texas A&M Forest Service. “The trees we are giving away may be small today, but they will grow into beautiful, healthy trees in a few years.”

The variety of trees being given away include:

• Cherrybark Oak

• Southern Red Oak

• Overcup Oak

• Sawtooth Oak

• Shumard Oak

• White Oak

• Eastern Redbud

• Silky Dogwood

• Bald Cypress

Goldman said he has high hopes that people will take advantage of this opportunity to get free trees. He also thanks Lowe’s and Chick Fil A for helping promote this event and for allowing the event to be held at this location.

For more information, please contact Cody Goldman at (903) 531-1179 or at cgoldman@tylertexas.com.