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Arbor Day Foundation celebrates new year with free trees

By CALVIN PYNN

calvin@southwesttimes.com

Virginia residents can ring in the New Year with 10 free flowering trees by joining the Arbor Day Foundation any time during January 2014.

According to a release from the Arbor Day Foundation, the free trees are part of the Foundation’s Trees for America campaign. Those trees will be two Sargent crabapple, three American redbuds, two Washington hawthorns, and three white flowering dogwoods.

“The trees will give our members lovely flowers with pink, yellow and white colors,” said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “They are perfect for large and small spaces, and they will provide food and habitat for songbirds.”

According to the release, the trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting, between Feb. 1 and May 31, with enclosed planting instructions. The 6- to 12-inch tall trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge.

Members will also receive a subscription to the Foundation’s bimonthly publication, Arbor Day, and The Tree Book, which includes information about tree planting and care.

Those interested in joining the Foundation can send a $10 contribution to TEN FREE FLOWERING TREES, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410, by January 31, 2014. Virginia residents can also join online at arborday.org/january.

3 Responses to Arbor Day Foundation celebrates new year with free trees

  1. Judy Mueller

    December 30, 2013 at 10:44 am

    I NEVER check that I want free trees when I make a donation. Now you sent me lilac bushes in DEC. to WI when it is ll BELOW this a.m. and has been our coldest winter yet. Also, we are snow birds and are heading back to FL ASAP. We live in a condo there and CANNOT plant trees at will. What a waste of trees! Please check those boxes more carefully when a person marks DO NOT SEND TREES!

    Thank you.

    Judy Mueller

    • Cindy

      January 3, 2014 at 9:20 am

      Dear Judy,
      Many of these trees can be successfully grown in a pot in doors (with good potting soil and care) in order to be transplanted when the weather is appropriate. But, you are right in that it takes more effort to keep them going until planting season.
      If you received trees, maybe you have a friend to share them with who might enjoy the challenge of caring for the trees until spring? I always share my plants and trees with my Mother, she can grow anything! Have a great 2014!

  2. larry johnson

    January 2, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    I would love some free trees for my new yard, I will send pics.