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Here’s How You Can Get A Free Native Tree For Your Yard, Columbus

Hello, neighbors!

I have fantastic news for you – this October, there’s an incredible opportunity to bring some green goodness to your neighborhood. Imagine having a beautiful native Ohio tree, 4-6 feet tall, in your yard or community garden, completely free of charge. Yes, you read that right!

The Columbus Free Trees Initiative is here, and it’s your chance to make your surroundings greener and more vibrant.

Why Trees Matter

Before we dive into the details of how you can get your hands on these fabulous trees, let’s talk about why they’re so important. Urban tree canopies play a vital role in enhancing our environment. They help reduce air pollution, provide shade and cooling, and promote biodiversity.

Trees are like nature’s air purifiers, absorbing harmful carbon dioxide and releasing fresh oxygen into the air. Plus, they beautify our neighborhoods, making them more pleasant places to live.

In Columbus, only 22 percent of the city is covered by trees. The Urban Forestry Master Plan for Columbus hopes to reach citywide tree canopy cover of 40 percent, and every single tree makes a difference.

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via Facebook

The Columbus Free Trees Initiative

Thanks to the partnership between the City of Columbus, The Columbus Foundation, and the community, you can now be a part of this green movement. The project’s mission is clear: create an equitable tree canopy in Central Ohio. This initiative aims to ensure that every neighborhood, regardless of its location or income level, can enjoy the benefits of a healthier, greener environment.

Getting Your Free Tree

Getting your free tree is as easy as 1-2-3! Here’s how it works:

Register: Head over to and sign up. It’s quick and straightforward.

Pick-Up: Mark your calendar and make your way to your designated pick up station. Don’t worry about lifting a finger; friendly volunteers will load your tree for you without you even getting out of your car.

Responsibility: Once you receive your tree, you have a few responsibilities to keep in mind. You must plant it within the city limits of Columbus, ensure it’s well-watered and maintained, and plant it in your yard or community garden (not along streets or in city parks).

Here are some crucial details to keep in mind:

  • Only one tree per address is allowed.
  • Make sure to provide accurate information during registration to avoid any issues.
  • Event details may change, so always check the website for updates.
  • You might receive a confirmation call or email in the weeks leading up to the event, with a final confirmation sent the day before the giveaway.
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    A Red Maple tree. Photo by James St. John. Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.0)

    Tree Options

    You’ll have a variety of native Ohio trees to choose from, including Northern Red Oak, Hackberry, Red Maple, River Birch, Sycamore, and Tulip trees. Each of these species has its unique characteristics, so take some time to explore them at to select the one that best suits your preferences and location.

    There will be three locations giving away trees:

    • Hilltop: October 7, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • South Side: October 14, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Linden: October 21, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    So, Columbus, don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to bring more greenery into your life and contribute to a more environmentally friendly city. Register now and let’s make Columbus greener, one tree at a time!

    Featured image via Green Columbus Facebook