March 12, 2018

Registration for the Spring Giveaway Season is Open!

Registration for the Spring Giveaway Season is Open!
The spring tree giveaway season is upon us! This season, we are trying something a little different. While we will be hosting one city-wide giveaway and a few popup events, most yard trees will be given away at community-hosted events throughout the city. So you can register for our signature event at Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center on April 14th below, but if you are interested in something a little closer to home, check out all our community partners, listed here. Use the links below to contact community groups directly and ask about their yard tree giveaway.

Spring 2018 Events

Wednesday, April 4th:
Parkway Central Library Yard Tree Giveaway
In partnership with the Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
11AM – 1PM (No preregistration required)

Saturday, April 7th:
Waterloo Community Yard Tree Giveaway with Make The World Better
12PM – 2PM in the Norris Square neighborhood

Sunday, April 8th:
Associated Polish Home Community Yard Tree Giveaway
11AM – 2PM in the Torresdale neighborhood

Saturday, April 14th:
TreePhilly Signature Yard Tree Giveaway
11AM – 1PM at 700 Cobbs Creek Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19143

Sunday, April 15th:
John Heinz Wildlife Refuge Community Yard Tree Giveaway
In partnership with Friends of Heinz Wildlife Refuge, Eastwick Friends & Neighbors Coalition, and Audubon Pennsylvania
10AM – 1PM in the Eastwick neighborhood

Friday, April 20th:
Dickinson Square West Civic Association Community Yard Tree Giveaway
6PM – 8PM in the Dickinson Square West neighborhood

Arbrew Day Yard Tree Giveaway
In partnership with Yards Brewing Company. Pop-up yard tree giveaway event at bars across the city: Devil’s Den, Dawson Street Pub, Frankford Hall, London Grill, Grey Lodge, Whole Foods Market Center City, Whole Foods Market South Street. 5PM – 8PM

Saturday, April 21st:
Penn State Alumni Community Yard Tree Giveaway
In partnership with SHARE Food Program
9AM – 12PM in the Allegheny West neighborhood

PowerCorpsPHL Community Yard Tree Giveaway
10AM – 2PM, Edgely Field Concession Stand (down the street from the 33rd & Dauphin Bus Transit Center In the Strawberry Mansion neighborhood

Sunday, April 22nd:
REPTreePhilly Yard Tree Giveaway
In partnership with Plumer & Associates Real Estate
11AM to 2PM in the Fishtown neighborhood

Holmesburg Civic Association Community Yard Tree Giveaway
In partnership with Philadelphia Insectarium & Butterfly Pavilion
11AM – 2PM in the Holmesburg neighborhood

Muslim Youth Center of Philadelphia Community Yard Tree Giveaway
3PM – 5PM in the Millbrook neighborhood

Saturday, April 28th:
Somerton Civic Association Community Yard Tree Giveaway
In partnership with MaST Community Charter School
10AM – 12PM in the Somerton neighborhood

Zion Pentecostal Church of God & CDC Community Yard Tree Giveaway
10AM – 1PM in the Haddington Neighborhood

Saturday, May 5th:
Frankford CDC Community Yard Tree Giveaway
10AM – 12PM in the Frankford neighborhood

Wednesday, May 9th:
Esperanza Community Yard Tree Giveaway
In partnership with the Wyoming Free Library
5PM – 7:30PM, in the Feltonville neighborhood


  1. JoeLarch

    I was wondering if there is a place in the Roxborough or Manayunk area the zips are 19128 & 19127 respectfully. 2 years ago I had a beautiful tree planted on my pavement. And was just hoping there would be one around me so I can also have one in my yard.
    Thank you for your time .
    Thank You
    Joe Larch

    • treephilly

      Hi Joe,
      We do not have any yard tree giveaways in Roxborough/Manayunk this season. But you are welcome to register for your city-wide yard tree giveaway at the Cobbs Creek Environmental Center, or at one of the community giveaways closer to you. To do that, visit a community group’s website via the link on their website and contact them with the information you find there letting them know you would like to register for a yard tree. Please note that these trees are to be planted in the ground in a yard, not the street. Hope to see you at one of the giveaways!

    • Hi Joe,

      Penn State Philly’s Yard Tree Giveaway will be at Share Food Program, which is not far from you in 19129. (2901 W. Hunting Park Avenue 19129)

      Christina, Penn State Philly Yard Tree Project Manager

    • Garrett

      I too would like a tree giveaway in Roxborough or Manyunk! Not enough tree cover in this area aside from Wissahickon park.

      • treephilly


        Thanks for letting us know! Hopefully we’ll have more applications from those neighborhoods for our Fall series of Community Yard Tree Giveaway Grants!

  2. Nicole Von Whitaker

    When will you be able to register for the neighborhood event

    • treephilly

      You can register right now! Visit the community group’s website via the link we’ve provided on our events list. Use the information you find there to reach out to the community group and let them know you’re interested in registering for a tree.

  3. Martina. Mapp

    Do they assist in planting the trees

  4. Joseph Mortimer

    Why is there no event for Fox Chase

    • treephilly

      We have one citywide event this year, and the rest of our events are hosted by community groups. Unfortunately, no community groups from Fox Chase applied to host a giveaway. But we have a total of 5 giveaways in Northeast Philly which you can find out more about on our website.

  5. Lisa

    How do I register for the tree giveaway at the Polish home. Thanks

    • treephilly

      You can email or call the Polish Home via the contact info you find on their website and let them know you’re interested in registering for a yard tree!

  6. Lisa

    How do I register for the tree giveaway at the Polish home

  7. Mitch Lapenson

    I would like to plant a tree, and be a part of making Philadelphia beautiful and green. I think this is awesome way to spread the go green movement.

    • treephilly

      Glad to hear that, Mitch! Feel free to register for our signature event, or reach out to the groups hosting community giveaways and let them know you’d like to register.

  8. Carol Dionisio

    Where do I see the types of trees available?

  9. Jackie

    Can some of these trees be potted, or are they all meant to be planted in the ground?

    • treephilly

      Hi Jackie,
      All of the trees TreePhilly provides MUST be planted in the ground to reach their full potential, and it is unlikely that any of our trees would survive in a pot, no matter how large, for more that 3 years. So be sure to plant in the ground!

  10. Sabina

    How large are the trees we’ll be picking up? I’ve register for the Franklinia. Want to make sure I come with an appropriate vehicle.

    • treephilly

      Franklinias will not be very big, only about 4′ tall. So a sedan with the seats down would be plenty of room.

  11. Peggy Guerin

    Will we know in advance the types of trees that’ll be available? Do we have any choice in what we receive? Will the selection vary significantly from one location to another?

    • treephilly

      You can ask the community group whose giveaway you are attending which trees they will have available, and the types of trees will not be very different across the different events. It is up to the community groups hosting the giveaways whether you can select the tree while you pre-register, but you usually can.

  12. Kate

    Hi there, I am unable to register for the Heinz Refuge giveaway. Do you know when this will be up and going? Thanks!

  13. Suzanne Hagner

    Is there a date for the Arbrew Day tree giveaway? It would be helpful to have more details as well as how one registers…

    thank you…

    • treephilly

      Hi Suzanne, Arbrew Day is Friday, April 20th, from 5PM to 8PM, at all locations listed.

    • treephilly

      Also, there is no pre-registration for Arbrew Day! It’s mostly an event for staff and patrons to pick up the trees we have available at that time. So if you find yourself at one of the places listed, you may be able to get a free tree, but there is no guarantee you will get your first choice of species.

  14. Andrew Lydon

    Do you have any more PawPaws? When I went to register, it stated the PawPaws were out of stock 🙁

    • treephilly

      Hi Andrew, Unfortunately all the Pawpaws are spoken for! Maybe consider an apple tree if you’re interested in fruit, or a sassafras if you are looking for a tree with a similar form as Pawpaw.

  15. Brian

    Hello, I am very interested in getting a tree for my rowhome in brewerrytown. The only thing is that my front walk is all concrete. Would i need to have that dug up first, or could i apply for that kind of assistance? thank you!

    • treephilly

      Hi Brian,

      It sounds like you are actually interested in getting a street tree, which you can have planted for free by the Street Tree office here at Philadelphia Parks & Recreation! They will also remove the sidewalk in order to plant the tree. You can get more info here.



  16. Anilda

    Ate there any oak trees available at any of these locations?

    • treephilly

      Hi Anilda,

      There are currently several willow oak trees still available to register for at our signature yard tree giveaway event at the Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center on Sat. April 14th!

  17. I am unable to determine where the following two giveaways are being held and how to register: 04.22 Holmesburg Civic Association with the Insectarium. I went to both website and neither have any information. I he Frankford CDC will have a giveaway on 05.05 but no information on their website. Thanks for you help.

    • treephilly

      Hi Suzanne,
      Use the contact information found on their websites to contact them directly!

  18. Crystal

    Hi. I’m in Mt. Airy (Chew & Upsal area) and so interested in getting a free tree. A crepe myrtle to be precise.. Might this be in the inventory?

    • treephilly

      Hi Crystal,
      We do not have crepe myrtle this season, but we do have white fringe tree, franklinia, witchhazel, eastern redbud and crab apple, which are decent alternatives. Contact the community groups hosting giveaways in north and northeast Philly to see if they have any available for you.

  19. Demetria

    I went to Parkway today, was told that only Philly resident can get a tree. I was wondering if there’s
    if there is a place in lower merion area. I was just hoping there would be one for non-Philly resident. so I can also have a tree in my yard.

    • treephilly

      Hi Demetria,
      TreePhilly only provides trees to Philadelphia residents, but maybe you could get a tree or get directed to another program through the Lower Merion Shade Tree Commission. Their number is 610-649-4000. Check out some local nurseries for a larger variety of more mature trees also!

  20. I registered for two trees to be picked up on Sat May 5th 2018
    I called the Frankford CDC community center for my area and spoke to the person who answered the phone
    She took my request
    I have ordered trees before but usually by computer this time I had to call my order in
    Is this something new
    Because I have not received my comformation paperwork as of yet
    Please advise
    Thank you

    • treephilly

      Hi Suzanne,
      Yes this is something a bit new! Since this is a community giveaway, you will not receive a confirmation letter from TreePhilly, but you can contact Frankford CDC at any time to check on your registration status, and we have suggested to all community groups that they remind their participants to pick up their trees a few days before the giveaway takes place.

  21. Laura

    Do we need to provide proof of residency when picking up a tree?

    • treephilly


      No need to bring proof of residency, just bring yourself and any confirmation materials you received when you registered!


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    • treephilly

      We’re happy to be of service!

  23. Francesca Cantarini

    Hi, I believe the closest event to me (East Germantown) is Frankford. I can’t seem to find where to sign up for it. Help? Thank you.

    • treephilly

      Hi Francesca,

      A giveaway which is a bit closer to East Germantown, on May 9th, is at the Wyoming branch library in the Feltonville neighborhood. The giveaway is hosted by Esperanza, and you can email to let them know that you would like to register for a yard tree!

  24. Elizabeth

    I called the numbers that you gave me to call about pruning the tree in front of my house but it rang and rang…not even an answering machine!!!!! It’s 5 yrs (2013) since I got the first letter saying they would be around to prune it…do you think it’ll be much longer??

    • treephilly

      Hi Elizabeth,

      Thanks for reaching out! It seems the tree you are asking about is a street tree not a private yard tree. At TreePhilly we work only with yard trees on private property and we do not organize pruning. But we can point you in the right direction! To get an update on the status of a street tree request you have to contact the Street Tree office at 215 685 4363 or 215 685 4362.

      TreePhilly Team

  25. Raven

    I was wondering if you are going to have any more giveaways this year? I am very interested in getting a couple of PawPaw trees and I was either hoping to get one from you or from a local partner. Could you tell me where I could look? Of a local nursery where I can get them?

    • treephilly

      Hi Raven!

      We only have one event left this season as the Wyoming Free Library Branch from 5 to 7:30pm on Wednesday May 9th through our community partner Nueva Esperanza. You can contact our community partner who is running the event at (215) 324-0746. Ask them directly if they have Paw Paws left to register.

      As for nursery recommendations, because we are a city program it is a conflict of interest to endorse specific businesses, but we recommend reaching out to the Philadelphia Orchard Project for their thoughts!

      TreePhilly Team

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