The Leesburg Parks and Recreation Department will give away 300 free trees next week to celebrate its 12th year as an active member of the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA program.
The free trees are split among crabapple and pecan varieties grown in one-gallon pots. One tree with a planting information sheet will be provided per person from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. between Monday, Dec. 10, and Friday, Dec. 14, at Leesburg’s Venetian Cove Marina, 250 Ball Park Road off of Dixie Avenue. Trees will available while supplies last.
Crabapple trees provide small clusters of winter fruit that attract wildlife. Pecans are a type of hickory tree that produce nuts and grow to about 100 feet high and 80 feet wide at full maturity. Both crabapple and pecan trees are found in urban and rural environments.
“Both species are great native American trees, however, the crabapple has a more appealing landscape value,” said Jennifer Magavero, Leesburg’s assistant director of parks and a certified arborist.
“In the spring the crabapple puts out a beautiful flush of blooms, and the shorter stature of mature specimens makes it a great understory tree for urban environments.”
As a proud 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.
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.