Leesburg to Give Away Free Trees

The City of Leesburg will give away free trees next week to celebrate its 13th year as a proud member of the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA program.

Free trees include 100 dogwoods, which grow to about 30 feet tall and often exist underneath much taller trees. Bright white flowers bloom from May to June, and clusters of small red fruit attract deer and other wildlife in Fall and Winter. These trees commonly are used for ornamental landscaping.

Leesburg also will give away 100 swamp chestnut oaks – trees that naturally grow from New Jersey south to Florida and Texas, reaching heights of more than 100 feet and trunks six feet wide. These trees grow oval leaves up to nine inches long. Very large acorns attract deer, squirrels and chipmunks. The trees also make beautiful shade trees.

The free trees will be available in one-gallon pots. One tree with a planting information sheet will be provided per person from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. between Tuesday, Dec. 17, and Friday, Dec. 20, at Leesburg’s Public Works Department, 550 S. 14th Street.

As a member of Tree City USA, Leesburg is dedicated to urban forestry and helping to promote tree preservation as an important component of our quality of life. 

Tree City USA – a recognition from the Arbor Day Foundation – is a program that has grown tremendously from only 42 communities throughout 16 states in 1976 to currently more than 3,400 communities represented in all states. All those communities spend more than $1 billion annually on urban forestry management.

For more information, call (352) 728-9886.

Leesburg is a progressive city of more than 20,000 residents in northwest Lake County. The city government serves twice as many people with its electric, gas, water, wastewater and fiber-optic public utilities. Leesburg also is a central hub for commerce, attracting 50,000 people to work each weekday. For more information, visit www.leesburgflorida.gov.