Arbor Day Celebration
2023 Celebration - April 29th
Arbor Day is a holiday dedicated to inspiring individuals and groups to plant trees. In Springfield Township, Arbor Day is usually celebrated on the Saturday following Arbor Day. The Springfield Board of Commissioners have declared Saturday, April 29th Arbor Day in Springfield Township.
In celebration, the Springfield Township Shade Tree Commission will be hosting its Annual Arbor Day Celebration on Saturday, April 29th at the Township Municipal Complex from 10am to 12pm.
Springfield Township Shade Tree Commission will be hosting its Annual Arbor Day Celebration on Saturday, April 29th at the Township Municipal Complex from 10am to 12pm.
Tree Giveaway *2023 Contest Now Closed*
As part of our Arbor Day celebration, the Shade Tree Commission will be hosting its traditional tree giveaway by raffling off thirty (30) trees to eligible Township Households who register in advance.
Residents interested in entering the raffle for a chance for a free tree MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE starting at 9am on Friday, April 14th. PRE-REGISTRATION to be entered into the raffle will remain open until thirty (30) households are selected and emailed after 4pm on Friday, April 21st. Raffled trees are limited to one per winning household. Households who received a tree as part of the Shade Tree Commission's Tree Giveaway at Arbor Day 2022 and Community Day in October 2021 may not be eligible. First priority will be given to households who have never received a tree.
A representative of the Shade Tree Commission will reach out via email to confirm tree pickup. If the person selected does not confirm "yes" within 48 hours, the tree may be given away to another household.
Registration for our Tree Giveaway Raffle will be available online or in person at the Springfield Township Administration Building.
ENTER THE TREE GIVEAWAY RAFFLE
2023 Available Trees
Enter our Tree Giveaway Raffle for a chance to win one of these trees below. On the raffle registration form, you may choose your first and second choice/preference.
Red Maple (Acer rubrum) 3 gall - Brings color to your landscape year-round. Green stems turn red in winter, new leaves are red-tinged, turning to green. Fall color is deep red or yellow. Flowers are also red. Fast growing and tolerant of many soils. Grows to 40' to 60', 40' spread.
River Birch (Betula nigra) 3 gall - As its name suggests, the river birch naturally grows along riverbanks. But as a landscape tree, it can be planted almost anywhere in the U.S. The species is valued for its relatively rapid growth, tolerance of wetness and some drought, unique curling bark, spreading limbs, and relative resistance to birch borer.
**White Oak will replace the flowering dogwood due to an unidentified illness amongst the dogwood trees Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida "Cherokee Princess") 3 gall - Flowering dogwood is a small to medium woodland understory tree, native throughout most of the eastern United States. Showy white, red, or pink flowering bracts appear before the leaves in early spring. Dark green summer foliage turns a brilliant reddish-purple in fall. It is sensitive to adverse soil and environmental conditions such as road salt and pollution. Best planted in acidic soil.
Tree Information courtesy of the Arbor Day Foundation. Pictures of the trees can be viewed on the associated flyer and sign-up form.
About Arbor Day
Arbor Day is a holiday dedicated to the planting and caring of trees. Trees are important to our local ecosystem for a number of reasons, including improving air quality, stormwater management, shading and cooling, preserving soil, and supporting wildlife. By giving out free trees, the Shade Tree Commission hopes to inspire the planting and care of trees in the Township.