By Kat Christensen
Don’t miss out on one of the longest standing traditions in The Woodlands! Arbor Day encourages residents to take part in on-going community reforestation and beautification efforts by planting trees in yards, community open space reserves and forest preserves.
The Arbor Day Tree Giveaway takes place Saturday, January 27 from 9 a.m. to noon at Rob Fleming Park located at 6055 Creekside Forest Drive.
This year, 12 varieties of native seedlings are available including both canopy trees and understory trees, all of which are hosts to our native pollinators.
Canopy trees, which comprise the upper layer of the forest, typically reach heights of 40 to 90 feet at full maturity. The following varieties are available this year: Shortleaf Pine, Nuttall Oak, White Oak, Pecan, Sweetbay Magnolia and Black Willow.
Understory trees range in height from 8 to 40 feet at maturity and are generally more shade tolerant. These smaller varieties are Persimmon, Flowering Dogwood, Black Cherry, Chickasaw Plum, False Indigo and Button Bush.
Each of these native varieties benefit local wildlife. Flowering trees and shrubs provide nectar for bees, butterflies and other pollinators. Berry-producing varieties offer small mammals and birds a source of food. All are critical hosts for beneficial insects. Read more about these featured species in the Environmental Services online library, just scan the code.
If you have any questions regarding trees in your yard, there will be experts on hand to assist!
This is a free event for residents of The Woodlands.
Event Sponsors: Howard Hughes and Waste Management
Many thanks to The Woodlands 50th Anniversary Sponsors:
FOUNDING – Howard Hughes
LEGACY – Woodforest National Bank
HERITAGE – Waste Connections Inc.
GOLD – Entergy Texas, Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital
SILVER – SVN/JBeard Real Estate, The John Cooper School
PRODUCER – The Woodlands Township