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Township’s 46th Annual Arbor Day gives free tree seedlings to Woodlands residents

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The Woodlands’ annual Arbor Day Tree Giveaway was held on Saturday, January 29, 2022, from 9 a.m. to noon at Rob Fleming Park. The Woodlands celebrated its 46th year of giving away seedlings, making it one of the longest-standing community traditions. Since 1977, more than 1.5 million seedlings have been distributed. This year’s event was produced by The Woodlands Township Environmental Services Department with support from Chevron-Phillips Chemical, Centerpoint Energy, The Woodlands GREEN and Woodlands Water Agency.

View photos taken at the event on the Hello Woodlands Facebook page and below:

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Twelve varieties of native canopy and understory trees were available. Canopy trees comprise the upper layer of the forest and typically reach heights of 40 to 90 feet. Select from American Sycamore, Chinkapin Oak, Loblolly Pine, Lacey Oak, Texas Pistache and Green Ash. Understory trees range from 8 to 20 feet and are generally more shade tolerant. These smaller varieties include Texas Redbud, Possumhaw Holly, Roughleaf Dogwood, Texas Persimmon, Spicebush and Witch Hazel.

All of these native seedlings benefit local wildlife. Flowering varieties provide nectar for bees, butterflies and other pollinators. Berry producing trees offer small mammals and birds a source of food. All are critical hosts for beneficial insects.  

Residents were encouraged to plant a tree on residential property, in community open space reserves and in forest preserves.

Source: The Woodlands Township

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