As we work our way into 2022, the Adopt-a-Tree program is getting ready to kick-off their first event. If you are not familiar with Adopt-a-Tree, here is a quick synopsis.
Adopt-a-Tree events seek to give Orange County Residents an opportunity to expand their landscape by giving away, or adopting, trees. Trees in the landscape serve several functions, including carbon sequestration, providing habitat for wildlife, providing shading that can potentially reduce home cooling costs, and could possibly raise property values. As you can see, a well placed tree in the yard can have a tremendous impact on your life. Adopt-a-Tree takes place about 6 times a year and is located at a different county park every time. This way, we are able to better serve the citizens of Orange County as a whole. Our Adopt-a-Tree events are staffed by our fantastic Master Gardener Volunteers who can help you pick a species of tree if you are unsure. They can also give planting suggestions for a greater chance of establishment.
The species we have for each event will depend on what our great providing nursery has for us. Here are some of the species of trees we have given out in the past:
- Live oak (Quercus virginiana)
- Crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica)
- Bald cypress (Taxodium distichum)
- Red maple (Acer rubrum)
- Winged elm (Ulmus alata)
- Shumard oak (Quercus shumardii)
- Southern magnolia (Magnolia virginiana)
- Japanese blueberry (Elaeocarpus decipiens)
- Trumpet tree (Tabebuia caraiba)
There are a few rules for anyone interested in “adopting” some trees.
- Trees are given out on a first come, first serve basis
- You must provide proof of Orange County residency (drivers license, photo I.D., utility bill)
- Two trees per household
- Trees may only be planted on private property of Orange County residents
- Trees may not be planted in right-of-ways, retention pond areas, or used to enhance common area property of HOAs or developments
We hope to see you one of these Saturdays!!