What species should I choose and how do I know the right place to plant on my property?
When choosing a species and where to plant it, it’s important to consider a few factors so your tree will thrive for years to come! First, be sure to consider the available space in your yard for roots and branches as the tree matures. Second, it’s important to note if there are any overhead utility wires or underground utility pipes where you are considering planting the tree. Check out the Right Tree, Right Place
guide from the Arbor Day Foundation for help in determining the best tree and planting location for you.
How does Tree Pittsburgh choose what tree species to offer?
Many factors are considered when Tree Pittsburgh staff chooses the available trees for a tree adoption event season. As our trees are grown in our Heritage Nursery, we consider what is available at that time of year and what trees grow well in our area. We always choose native species when possible, but occasionally offer a few non-native species that, with the changing climate as well as new pests and diseases, will also thrive here.
I want a flowering tree for my yard, but you always run out of those quickly. Why don’t you offer more?
This is a great opportunity for us to discuss the importance of biodiversity! Biodiversity is the variety of life in the world or in a particular habitat, or ecosystem. Tree biodiversity is important for many reasons. Different trees offer food and habitat for many different types of insects and birds, which support a healthy ecosystem. Different trees offer us different but equally important benefits, such as lots of shade or fruit to eat. By increasing the diversity of the species of trees in our neighborhoods, we improve the quality of life for all beings!
How big are the trees at pickup?
Unless otherwise noted, all trees come in 2–3 gallon containerized pots and range from 2–6 feet depending on the species. Trees will fit in a car, truck, even on your bike. Smaller trees can even be taken on the bus!
How do I plant my tree?
Once you receive your tree, you’ll need to know how to plant it! We’ve created a video and a flyer to guide you through planting your tree.