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Cobbs Creek Yard Tree Giveaway

Saturday, April 14, 2018, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center - 700 Cobbs Creek Pkwy, 19143

Registration will close on Sunday, April 08, 2018

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 a FREE tree to plant in their yard!  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 10-20 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:

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Select your tree(s):

Please choose one tree from the list below. More information, including pictures of the available trees, can be found HERE.

Willow oak (Quercus phellos)
Willow oak
9 Remaining

The Willow oak is a large, acorn-producing tree that provides forage for wildlife in late fall. Growing up to 60' tall and 40' wide, this low maintenance tree prefers full sun and needs well-drained, moist soil. The leaves turn brownish yellow in the fall.

Tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera)
L. tulipifera tree

Tulip poplars are tall, stately trees at maturity (50'-70'), and are a crucial habitat tree for native wildlife. Tulip poplars are named for their yellow-orange, tulip shaped flowers which bloom in the spring. Their large, four-pointed leaves turn bright yellow in the fall. Tulip trees grow quickly and tollerate poor, rocky and clay soils, and prefer moist soil and full sun.

Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua)
Sweetgum tree
8 Remaining

Sweetgum is a medium to large tree at maturity, up to 60' tall and 40' wide. As a native tree, Sweetgum is a favorite habitat and food source for many native birds. Sweetgum has insignificant flowers, decorative fruits in the fall and winter, and brilliant red leaves in autumn. This regular variety of Sweetgum has a wide form, showy fruit, and star shaped leaves. Sweetgum can tolerate poorly drained, moist soils, and requires full sun.

Sweetgum 'Rotundiloba' (Liquidambar styraciflua 'Rotundiloba')
S. rotundiloba tree

Sweetgum 'Rotundiloba' is the smaller cousin of the regular variety of Sweetgum, reaching 60' tall and only 20' wide at maturity. The 'Rotundiloba' variety of Sweetgum has a narrower form, rounder leaves, and no fruit, making cleanup easy. Both varieties can tolerate poorly drained, moist soils, and require full sun.

Sassafras (Sassafras albidum)
8 Remaining

Sassafras is a native tree whose leaves smell like rootbeer when crushed, and whose roots were originally used for rootbeer flavoring! Sassafras trees are adaptable to different soil types and can grow 30-60' tall and 25-40' wide. Its leaves turn a lovely bright red or orange in the fall and can be used to make a strong and fragrant tea.

Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana)
Juniperus virginiana
1 Remaining

This native tree is a needled evergreen.  It grows 40-50 feet high and 8-20 feet wide.  This tree enjoys full sun and can prosper where few other plants survive.  It can handle dry, average, or moist (but well-draining) soil.

White fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus)
White fringetree

White, slightly fragrant flowers in fine, fleecy bunches are the main feature of the White Fringetree, making it one of the most beautiful native flowering trees. Small, low-maintenance and slow growing, this highly adaptable tree will grow up to 20 feet tall and wide. It is perfect for a small yard that receives full sun to partial shade.

Eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis)
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This small flowering tree has gorgeous bright pink flowers that appear on the branches and trunk early in the spring, before the leaves emerge.  The leaves are also a wonderful feature, with a lovely heart shape.  Eastern redbud will grow at a fast rate (1-2 feet per year) to 30 feet tall and 35 feet wide, with a shape that is wider than it is tall.

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. 

Crabapple (Malus 'Dolgo' & 'Prairifire')
Malus prairifire tree

These crabapple varieties are about 20' tall and 10' wide at maturity with white to dark pink flowers in the spring and bright red fruits in the summer and autumn. While these fruits are not great for human use, they are an excellent food source for native birds. The 'Dolgo' variety has white flowers, and 'Prairifire' has deep pink flowers. Both prefer full sun and moist, well drained soil.

Franklin Tree (Franklinia alatamaha)
Franklinia tree
2 Remaining

The Franklin Tree is a rare tree with a small size, about 20' tall and 10' wide, at maturity. It bears showy white, fragrant flowers in the summer and brilliant red leaves in autumn. Be sure to plant the Franklin tree in moist, well draining soil in part shade.  It is fickle, and will not survive in full sun.

Paw paw (Asimina triloba)

This small tree grows very slowly, and will only be 15-20' tall and wide.  The Paw paw is both edible and native to our region, with large yellowish green fruits that taste like banana custard in early autumn. Fruits are ripe when they fall off the tree and you must have two different trees growing nearby in order to produce fruit.  Paw paw trees are adaptable to a variety of soil types and light conditions, but trees tend to grow in stands, so pruning of ground shoots is required to maintain a single tree.  All Paw paws will be given away in pairs, as two trees are required to pollinate one another to produce fruit.

Apple (Malus domestica)
17 Remaining

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.