Registration open for Fall TreePhilly yard tree giveaways; plus how to get a free street tree

October 23, 2017

There are only six days remaining for property owners to sign up for the Fall yard tree giveaways by TreePhilly, a program of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation department. Registration is open through October 29th, and a variety of species are available, from large shade trees to small flowering trees. Fruit trees are also available. Each property owner, a private residence or a business, can sign up to obtain and plant up to two free trees in a yard or lawn on their property.

Here’s how you can sign up: Go to and register to pick up your free yard tree at one of four special giveaway events across the city in November. One of these events will be held in West Philadelphia – at Cobbs Creek Environmental Center, 700 Cobbs Creek Pkwy, on Nov. 12. After registering you can choose up to two tree species. Registration is strongly encouraged, but walk-ins will be welcomed during each event while supplies last. Participants will also receive a tree planting and care demonstration provided by tree experts, free mulch, and educational materials. 

In addition to the four giveaway events, 10 community groups have been selected to host Community Yard Tree Giveaways in their neighborhoods this fall. Among them are the Parkside Association of Philadelphia and the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge At Tinicum.

Residents who would like a street tree planted in front or on the side of their property can apply for the Spring 2018 Tree Planting organized by UC Green and The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. The application form is available here.

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