September 18, 2018

Meet the Fall 2018 Giveaway Trees!

These are the tree species given away Fall 2018. Check back soon for the species available in Spring 2019!

We have an exciting selection of native, ornamental and fruit trees this season and look forward to finding a home for each and every sapling. Browse our tree profiles to determine which species will best fit your needs, then register for your favorite at the community giveaway nearest you!

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Large Trees

Information about a Hackberry Tree
  • The Hackberry is hardy and very low-maintenance
  • Hackberry trees grow at a medium-fast rate, and provide good shade coverage
  • Plant 20+ feet away from overhead wires
Click Here to read the PDF about the Hackberry
Info about a White oak tree

  • A slow-growing, long-lived tree
  • Leaves turn beautiful shades of red in fall
  • Produces acorns
  • Good for biodiversity, supports many bird species
  • Plant 30+ feet away from overhead wires

Medium Trees

  • Prefers moist, rich soil
  • Low-maintenance and resistant to disease and insects
  • Slow growing, maximum height around 30 feet
  • Shade-tolerant

Small Trees

  • Beautiful flowers in the spring and red leaves in the fall
  • Very thirsty tree! Keep up with weekly watering
  • Safe for pipes, wires, and sidewalks

  • Also known as juneberry or shadbush
  • Produces edible berries similar to blueberries
  • No common pests, low-maintenance

  • Somewhat fast-growing, maximum height around 20 feet
  • Flowers from May through June, very attractive to songbids
  • Plant in full sun for best flowers

Fruit Trees

  • Mature height between 15 and 30 feet depending on variety
  • Requires regular watering in dry periods
  • Begins to bear fruit after 5-6 years

  • High maintenance tree, requiring regular watering and pruning
  • Vulnerable to extreme cold
  • Fruit appears in late summer/early fall and should be promptly harvested
  • Plant in full sun, away from sidewalks or pipes

  • Grows quickly, 20-25 feet tall at maturity
  • For good fruit, plant in moist, fertile soil with lots of sun
  • Requires pruning, can be damaged by extreme cold or spring frosts
  • Vulnerable to insects and disease


  1. Olinda Mcintire

    Please may I have a tree for my home…I NEED THE SHADE …The neighbor tree was destroyed last winter in the snow storm. Half of tree felled….THANK YOU..MY TREE

    • treephilly

      Hi Olinda,

      Thanks for reaching out! Which neighborhood are you in? We can recommend a giveaway you could reach out to. If you want a shade tree we recommend you sign up for a White Oak tree or a Hackberry tree!


  2. I am unable to access the emails listed for people to contact about the yard trees. Can someone help me ?

    • treephilly

      Mona, we just reached out directly via email.

  3. An Vo


    Are there still dogwoods, serviceberries or magnolias available? Please let me know what location(s) I can register for. Thank you!

    • treephilly

      Each giveaway has every species. What’s available depends on the individual giveaway event. You can register for any of the citywide giveaways (the green pins on the map) or one of the restricted ones depending on where in the city you live.

  4. Dan

    Hi there. So happy we just received our beautiful tree. 100 block of Lauriston. Can you tell me which tree I have and offer some care instructions? Thank you!!!

    • treephilly

      Dan, you will need to contact the Street Tree Office in order to find out the species. Their number is (215) 685-4363. As for care instructions, give the tree about 20 gallons of water once a week through December or the next snowfall, then from March through December of 2019.

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