September 19, 2016

Fall is the Best Time to Plant Trees

IMG_1555 Did you know that fall is the best time to plant trees? It’s true! The long months of cool, wet weather are perfect for young trees to spread out their roots and establish themselves in their new home before the heat of the summer comes.

This fall there are four chances for you to plant a tree that you can enjoy for years to come. Choose from 12 different trees, including large shade trees, small flowering trees and fruit trees. Learn more about the trees that we’re giving away this season here. Pre-registration is encouraged, but walk-ins will be accepted during each event, while supplies last. At each event you will learn how to plant and care for your new tree, and you will take it home with free mulch.


Saturday, October 1st, 2016, 10am-12pm

Community Grantee Event: John Heinz Wildlife Refuge & Partners’ Giveaway
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge
8601 Lindbergh Blvd, 19153
Register here

Saturday, October 8th, 2016, 11am-1pm

Community Grantee Event: Passyunk Square Civic Association & Partners’ Giveaway
East Passyunk Crossing Community Center
1025 Mifflin St., 19148
Register here

Saturday, October 15th, 2016, 10am-12pm

Boulevard & Levick TD Bank Store
6304 Roosevelt Blvd. 19149

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016, 10am-1pm

Community Grantee Event: New Covenant Church of Philadelphia
New Covenant Church
7500 Germantown Ave., 19119
Register here

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016, 3-5pm

Community Grantee Event: The Empowerment Achievement Movement, Inc.
Kingdom Life Church Ministries
770-800 W. Tabor Rd., 19120
To register, email

Saturday, October 29th, 2016, 10am-12pm

Whitman TD Bank Store
2653 S. 5th Street, 19148

Sunday, October 30th, 2016, 12pm-2pm

Roxborough TD Bank Store
5501 Ridge Avenue, 19128

Saturday, November 5th, 2016, 10am-12pm

Aramingo TD Bank Store
2267 E Butler Street, 19137

Learn more about the available Fall 2016 trees here.

The following community organizations will host their own yard tree giveaways through our Community Yard Tree Giveaway Grant. Please reach out to the organizations directly in order to receive more information about their events.

  • John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, Eastwick Friends & Neighbors Coalition, Friends of Heinz Refuge and Audubon Pennsylvania
  • Passyunk Square Civic Association, East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association, and Leafy Streets/Lower Moyamensing Civic Association
  • The Sudanese American Community of Greater Philadelphia
  • New Covenant Church of Philadelphia
  • The Empowerment Achievement Movement (T.E.A.M.), Inc.
  • Comments

    1. Cynthia archer

      My name is cynthia archer I’m trying to register for a free tree please contact or sent proper form……thank you

      • treephilly

        Thanks for the phone call Cynthia, we’re glad we could get you signed up for some free trees!


      THANK YOU !

    3. Susanna Kramer

      Is there a way to register for the Roxborough TD Bank Store giveaway on the 30th? Thanks.

      • treephilly


        Registration is closed, but we are bringing trees for walk-in participants so you can come to the event anytime from 12noon to 2pm and choose a tree from the available species!

    4. Anum Azam

      Hi, I understand that registrations are closed, thats rather unfortunate and disappointing. We love tress and my father really wanted to plant an asian pear tree in our yard, however, due to a previous injury he is rather fragile and was not able to make it to the walk in event closet to him. And the last wall-in event is tomorrow and he can barely walk much less be able to carry it from the distance of the events location to our house, nor would a car be able to accommodate the size of the tree for us to even move it for him. Is there any way you can possibble help. Thank you.

      • treephilly

        We would be happy to help your father get a tree! In the spring we will offer a free tree delivery and planting program for people with limited mobility (we offer it every season but it is closed for the fall season). You can download the application here and we can get your father a free tree in the spring!

    5. tony b

      I would like some fruit trees for my yard…is it too late?

      • treephilly

        Unfortunately all of our fall events are over, but we will add you to the mailing list so you will be notified about the spring giveaways when they open in March!

    6. can i be added to the list too please. I’d really would like some fruit trees as well 🙂

      • treephilly


        We’d be happy to add you to the email list!


    7. Hey this is a great thing you do. I love this. I am an arborist in charlotte nc, and have been wanting to engage more within my community as well. How long have you been doing this?

      • treephilly

        Hi Don! TreePhilly has been a program since 2012! We’d be happy to chat more! Feel free to email us at

    8. Great article…been in the industry for going on 10 years…

    9. Bob johnson

      Hi my name is bob I and I would like a philly tree
      What must one do to receive a free tree and when is the
      Best time to plant This is the first request

      • treephilly

        Hi Bob,
        Our website shows the full list of yard tree giveaways happening this season. Find the community giveaway closest to your area and contact the group hosting that giveaway directly to register for a tree. Fall is a great time to plant trees, but spring is the close second best, you just have to make sure you’re keeping up on watering the tree through the summer. Summer and Winter are the worst seasons to plant a tree, so the sooner you plant, the better!

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