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South Philly Yard Tree Giveaway

Sunday, April 02, 2017, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

South Philadelphia High School- 2101 S. Broad St. 19148

Registration will close on Monday, March 27, 2017

TreePhilly is a community outreach program led by Philadelphia Parks & Recreation that directly engages property owners, businesses and neighborhood residents to improve their communities by planting and maintaining trees. TreePhilly is made possible through partnership with the Fairmount Park Conservancy, and sponsorship from TD Bank.

Through TreePhilly's Yard Tree Giveaway Program, Philadelphia residents can receive up to two FREE trees to plant in their yards!  This program is for private yard trees only (front, back and side yards).  If you are interested in a street tree or want to find out more information about TreePhilly, please visit

By registering for a free tree through the Yard Tree Giveaway Program, you pledge to the following:

  • I will plant my tree in Philadelphia.
  • I will plant my tree on private land that I own, or that I have permission to plant on.
  • I will plant my tree in the ground, not in a container or along the street.
  • I will water my tree 20 gallons a week from March through December for at least two years.
  • I will protect my tree from damage by pets, lawn mowers, and other hazards.
  • I agree to let TreePhilly contact me for follow-up information about my tree.

Please enter your contact information:

Mailing Address

Select your tree(s):

Please choose up to two (2) trees from the list below. More information, including pictures of the available trees, can be found HERE.

Red Oak (Quercus rubra)
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This is a very large tree, growing 60-75' tall and wide. It prefers full sun and adapts to many soil types, but it may suffer in extreme drought. Its flowers aren't showy, but its leaves turn deep red and its acorns ripen early in the fall.

Black gum (Nyssa sylvatica)
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This large tree is taller than it is wide, growing 30-50' tall and 20-30' wide. It can tolerate full sun to part shade and prefers a well-drained, moist, and slightly acidic soil. It is low maintenance and produces clusters small dark fruits that the birds love. The dark glossy leaves turn many colors in the fall, including purple,red, yellow, and orange. It has a distinctive dark gray block patterned bark.

Gray Birch (Betula populifolia)
Gray birch
7 Remaining

Gray birch is a large shade tree with attractive white bark which provides winter interest for your yard!  It will grow up to 40 feet tall, prefers full sunlight, and the leaves turn golden yellow in the fall. This tree prefers wetter soil, but is tolerant of many different soil types.

Ironwood/Hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)
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37 Remaining

This medium-sized tree has flowers that look like hops, which is where it gets one of its common names. It will grow to 40 feet tall and 40 feet wide, and is very low maintenance  It prefers full sun but can tolerate shade and many different soil types.

Sourwood (Oxydendrum arboreum)

This small tree is taller than it is wide, growing 25-30' tall and 20 feet wide.  It can tolerate full sun to part shade and is adaptable to different soil types.  It is low maintenance and has fragrant clusters of white flowers in the summer.  The leaves turn many colors in the fall, from crimson to yellow to purple-red, and small brown fruits stay on the tree throughout the winter.

Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
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1 Remaining

This small tree has some of the most intense red fall color you've ever seen! Staghorn sumac grows to 20 feet tall, and produces suckers and colonies, so this tree requires pruning if you want to maintain a single-trunked tree. It can be planted in full sun or partial shade, and it can tolerate moist or dry soils. It also produces red bunches of fruit that can be used to make pink lemonade!  Don't be fooled by the name, staghorn sumac is NOT poisonous (poison sumac is very different looking, its latin name is Toxicodendron vernix).  


Red buckeye (Aesculus pavia)
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This is a very small tree, growing only 15-20' tall and wide.  It prefers partial shade and moist soil, and will not tolerate sunny and dry conditions.  It has red clusters of flowers in the spring and small brown fruits in the fall.  The leaves tend to develop leaf scorch (turn brown at the edges) and/or fall off in the late summer or early fall, so this tree is not planted for fall color.

Witchhazel (Hamamelis virginiana)

This small tree will only grow to be about 15-20' tall and wide.  Plant it in full sun or shade. It is adaptable to different soil types, but prefers moist soil.  It is low maintenance and has fragrant yellow flowers that appear in October through December.  The leaves turn yellow in the fall, and animals like to eat the small brown fruits. Witchhazel has crooked spreading branches, so it may tend to look more like a shrub. 

Robinson Crabapple (Malus 'Robinson')
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This small tree will grow to 15-28' tall and wide.  It should be planted in full sun, and it prefers a moist, well drained soil.  It is fairly low maintenance and abundant pink flowers in the spring.  The leaves turn gold in the fall, and the small red edible fruit ripens on the tree, and can persist throughout the winter. Berries are suitable for making jelly. 

Sweet Cherry (Prunus spp.)

This small tree will grow to be about 15-30' tall and wide.  It must be planted in full sun and well drained soil. It will require regular pruning a few years after planting. It has pinkish-white flowers that appear in spring and fruits in the summer. Not all varieties listed in the tree profile will be available at each location.

Apricot (Prunus armeniaca)

Tilton apricot will grow to 15-30 feet tall and 10-20 feet wide. You can plant it in full sun or partial shade, but it does prefer moist, well drained soils. This tree has white flowers in the spring and edible fruit in the summer. It requires yearly pruning in order to maximize fruit yield. Not all varieties listed on the tree profile will be available at each location.

Apple (Malus domestica)

These apple trees will grow up to 30 feet tall and prefer full sun and moist, well-drained soils.  They require yearly pruning to maximize fruit yield. Flowers in the spring yield fruits in late summer. We have 3 different types of cultivated apple tree available this season, but not all varieties will be available at each event. Two apple trees are required for the tree to bear fruit.  A crabapple tree or another apple tree in your or your neighbor's yard could provide pollen to your tree if you only want to register for one apple tree.