Arbor Day Giveaway 2019
Thank you to everyone who came to the Arbor Day giveaway Friday, April 26! Special thanks to sponsors, the Pittsburgh Shade Tree Commission.
Here’s some information on each of the species we handed out today!
Black birch (Betula lenta)
These trees like full sun or partial shade and have a medium growth rate. They will grow to 40–50 tall. Black birch have a beautiful rounded shape with yellow and gold fall color. These trees like moist, well-drained soil. It’s named for its mature black bark that resembles that of black cherry and is also known as cherry birch or sweet birch. Its twigs, if broken, have the strong sent of wintergreen).
Blackgum (Nyssa sylvatica)
Blackgums like full sun but will tolerate some shade. They have a slow-medium growth rate and will grow to 40–60 feet tall. They like acidic, moist, and well-drained soil. Blackgums have an oval, rounded shape. In the fall, they have beautiful fall colors of orange, many shades of yellow, bright red, purple, or scarlet. The flower produces a nectar attractive to bees, and is known to make a rich flavorful honey.
Eastern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana)
These trees can grow in full sun to shade or semi-shade. They are an evergreen and will grow to 25–35 feet tall with a 10–15 foot spread. They have a conical shape. They’re a lovely medium-sized native evergreen tree and are deer resistant.
Eastern redbud (cercis canadensis)
Redbuds are a beautiful flowering tree with pink lavender blooms in spring and heart shaped leaves that turn yellow in the fall. They enjoy partial sun to shade and will grow to 15–20 feet with a 15–20 foot spread. They have an oval or rounded shape and are multi-stemmed. Redbuds like fertile soils with regular and consistent moisture. These trees are good for pollinators and butterflies.
Pawpaw (Asimina triloba)
Pawpaw trees will grow to be around 25 feet tall. Their edible fruit taste like a combination of mango and pineapple. They will tolerate sun to shade and like rich, moist, slightly acidic soils. Pawpaws provide habitat for the zebra swallowtail butterfly, whose only larval plant is the pawpaw tree. Please note, you do need two pawpaw trees near each other to produce fruit.