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Celebration of Trees Event

Bring Home a Tree with Fayetteville's Celebration of Trees

Celebration of Trees is Fayetteville's annual tree giveaway event where city residents select and take a tree to plant at home.  Properly located trees around the home can add property value, reduce residents' utility bills, and protect skin from the sun's UV rays.  Many native trees and shrubs that residents have planted through the program also provide excellent benefits for birds and pollinators.

Created to bring citizens a hands-on opportunity in growing the urban forest, the City of Fayetteville Parks & Recreation Department and the Urban Forestry Advisory Board host Celebration of Trees in October.  Participants should bring proof of a Fayetteville residential address to take home a tree. 

The City provides information sheets on characteristics of each species, planting suggestions, and management tips.  Celebration of Trees is a one day event, but growing a tree is a sustained endeavor.  Tree giveaway participants are encouraged to plant and manage their trees or shrubs as an essential part of the urban forest.

2014 Celebration of Trees

Date: Saturday, October 18
Time: 7:00 AM
Location: Fayetteville Town Center Plaza, at Mountain Street on the Downtown Historic Square

Required: Proof of Fayetteville residency; commitment to planting and maintaining plant(s) received
Optional: Follow-up is encouraged.  Let us know how your new tree is doing.  If you like your new tree, send a photo of yourself with your tree or shrub to or  Your photo could be selected to put on the City's website to help encourage others to plant as well.

Quantities: Limit (1) tree and (1) shrub OR (2) trees per adult Fayetteville resident that is present at the event.  Therefore, no one may take more than (1) shrub.
Questions?  Contact (479) 444-3486 or (479)444-3470.  Email or

While supplies last, trees and shrubs this year may include Bur Oak, Bald Cypress, Water Tupelo, Native Persimmon, Fringetree, Red Buckeye, Rusty Blackhaw Viburnum, and Native Azalea.

How to plant your new tree: How to Plant a Containerized Tree or Shrub

Parks & Recreation Director Connie Edmonston and Mayor Lioneld Jordan (Left); Fayetteville residents bringing home trees.

Parks & Recreation crews load trees for the event, which is held at the Fayetteville Town Center Plaza, adjacent to the Downtown Historic Square.

2013 Celebration of Trees White Oak, Chinquapin Oak, Blackgum, Yellowwood, Shadblow Serviceberry, Blackhaw Viburnum, and Common Ninebark.


2012 Celebration of Trees

Tree and Shrub Information: Black Oak Kentucky Coffeetree Thornless Honeylocust 'Shademaster' White Flowering Dogwood Possumhaw Holly Fragrant Sumac 'Gro-Low'  

2011 Celebration of Trees

Bald Cypress Tree Fact Sheet  Hydrangea and Viburnum Shrub Fact Sheet  Pin Oak Tree Fact Sheet 
Swamp White Oak Tree Fact Sheet  White Flowering Dogwood Tree Fact Sheet  Willow Oak Tree Fact Sheet