2021 Tree Species Details

Coast Live Oak

(California)

The Coast Live Oak is a beautiful evergreen oak native to California. It is drought-resistant and can reach a height of 25-82 ft tall. Some trees have been recorded to live longer than 250 years! Oaks attract a variety of birds and butterflies.

A great many birds, mammals, reptiles, and invertebrates utilize oak trees and oak woodlands, and they’re among the most important wildlife plants.

Many butterflies use Oaks as a host plant, including California Sister, Propertius Duskywing, Golden Hairstreak, and others.

This tree is relatively easy to care for. It does best in full sun or part shade, low moisture, medium soil drainage, and only needs summer irrigation one time per month (max) once established.

Oaks provide tremendous benefits for all. They provide homes to wildlife, feed pollinators, clean and recharge groundwater, provide a playground for kids, and cool shade for all.

Source: Calscape.org

Eldarica Pine

(New Mexico, Texas)

The Eldarica pine is a tree with strong, wide-spaced branches.  It gives off a mild, fresh fragrance and has stiff, long, dark green needles at maturity.

It tolerates heat, wind, and dry conditions very well, and can also thrive in colder climates.

The Eldarica pine grows to a height of 30–60 feet and a spread of 25–40 feet at maturity. This tree grows at a medium rate, with height increases of 13–24 inches per year.

Full sun is the ideal condition for this tree, meaning it should get at least six hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.

An Eldarica pine windbreak makes valuable cover, nesting, and breeding areas for songbirds.

Source: Arbor Day Foundation

Hackberry

(Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, parts of Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio, Tennessee)

The hackberry is commonly heralded by tree experts as “one tough tree.” Found on a wide range of soils east of the Rockies from southern Canada to Florida, these trees thrive in a broad span of temperatures and on sites that vary from 14 to 60″ of annual rainfall. They can even stand up to strong winds and tolerate air pollution.  

The hackberry grows well in a variety of soils.  It has some tolerance for both flooding and drought.

All of this hardiness adds up to a good landscape choice, particularly if you’re looking for an energy-conserving shade tree that doesn’t require watering.

The hackberry grows to a height of 40–60 feet and a spread of 40–60 feet at maturity. This tree grows at a medium to fast rate, with height increases of anywhere from 13 inches to more than 24 inches per year.

Hackberry
Hackberry seedlings - Celtis occidentalis - Chief River Nursery - Chief  River Nursery

Full sun is the ideal condition for this tree, meaning it should get at least six hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.

The hackberry forms characteristic corky ridges and warts on trunk and branches and tolerates strong winds, pollution, heat, drought, and salt.  

It has a growth pattern that resembles the elm – without the susceptibility to disease.

The fruit of the hackberry is popular with winter birds, especially the cedar waxwing, mockingbird and robin. The tree also attracts many butterfly species including American snout, hackberry, mourning cloak, and tawny emperor.

Source: Arbor Day Foundation

Loblolly Pine

(Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, parts of North Carolina, South Carolina)

The loblolly pine is one of the fastest-growing southern pines. This tree is used as a quick-screen in many landscapes. It grows in a wide variety of soils and is drought tolerant.

The loblolly pine grows to 60-100 feet in height with a 25-35 foot spread. It grows at a fast rate, with height increases of more than 24 inches per year.

Full sun is the ideal condition for this tree, meaning it should get at least six hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.

While it prefers normal moisture, the tree can tolerate some flooding and moderate drought.

Loblolly pines provide shelter and food for many southeastern animals, including birds such as Carolina chickadees, brown-headed nuthatches, rufous-sided towhees, northern bobwhites, and wild turkeys. The seeds are also consumed by chipmunks, squirrels, and other small rodents.

The loblolly is native to the east coast of North America from New Jersey to Florida and Texas. It has a long history with the pioneers and is very aromatic, thus sometimes known as “rosemary” pine.

Source: Arbor Day Foundation

Virginia Pine

(Parts of North Carolina, Virginia)

The Virginia pine is a medium-sized tree that can grow to a size range of 10–60 feet but can grow larger under optimum conditions. The trunk can be as large as 20 inches in diameter. This tree prefers well-drained soil or clay, but will also grow on very poor, sandy soil, where it remains small and stunted. The typical life span is 65 to 90 years.

Wholesale Virginia Pine Trees $3.75 - Tennessee Nursery

This pine is useful for reforesting and provides nourishment for wildlife. Virginia pine is a distinct pine in the United States and can be identified by a key characteristic; the relatively short needles are twisted and come in bunches of two. The needles are typically two to eight centimeters in length. 

Virginia pine trees inhabit dry forested areas. Unlike some other pines, Virginia pine produces cones in all parts of the canopy.

Source: Wikipedia

White Pine

(Connecticut, Massachusetts, parts of Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island)

The eastern white pine tree is one of the most valuable trees in North America. There is a whole one-hour movie about how this tree was instrumental to the birth of our country!

The white pine grows 50-80 feet tall with a 20-40 foot spread.

Managing eastern white pine forests | UMN Extension
GLT's Grow: White Pine Threat | WGLT

Eastern white pines have a long life, usually living to 200 years of age, with some trees living over 450 years!  Considered a fast-growing tree, it can reach up to a height of 100 feet and 42 inches in diameter at maturity.

The white pine’s graceful presence and long, evergreen needles give this tree a majestic look.

The trees grow best in fertile, moist, and well-drained soil with full sun. Sapling eastern white pines are tasty food for white-tailed deer and eastern cottontails, so if you have some in your area, it’s a good idea to protect the plant with a small fence / netting after planting!

Though the tree is an evergreen, the aromatic needles usually drop after two or three years after they turn yellow in early fall. Eastern white pine seeds are favored by black bears, rabbits, red squirrels, and many birds, especially red crossbills. White pines provide nesting sites as well for many birds including woodpeckers, common grackles, mourning doves, chickadees, and nuthatches.

Source: Arbor Day Foundation

White Spruce

(Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming)

The white spruce grows to a height of 40–60 feet and a spread of 10–20 feet at maturity. This tree grows at a medium rate, with height increases of 13–24 inches per year.

This tree thrives in a lot of sunlight – ideally six hours of direct sunlight per day. The white spruce grows well in a variety of different soils and has some drought tolerance.

The white spruce does well when transplanted. It can withstand wind, heat, cold, drought, crowding, and some shade. It does well in cities and often serves as rural windbreaks.

Aside from providing nesting for birds and shelter for other animals, white spruces provide food for many kinds of wildlife. Crossbills, evening grosbeaks, and red-breasted nuthatches feed on its seeds. The foliage is eaten by grouse, rabbits, and deer. Red squirrels bite open cones to eat the seeds, and they delight upon young, tender spruce shoots.

When Jacques Cartier sailed up the broad St. Lawrence River in 1535, he became the first European to see North America’s white spruces. As he laid claim to the lands he beheld, he proclaimed them to be “as beautiful…as one could wish for.” The trees, he said, were “the finest trees in the world.”

Source: Arbor Day Foundation

Tree Planting Instructions

Planting Instructions for Deciduous and Evergreen tree seedlings.

For a more complete, interactive tree planting lesson, please visit this page.
Thank you for participating in our program!!
Happy Earth Day!

 

Click below for a downloadable PDF of the Tree Planting Instructions:
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Something Wonderful is Happening!

March 16, 2021

Dear Friends of Neighborhood Forest,

We have some very exciting new developments to share as we enter our 12th annual free tree giveaway.

I know it has been a tough and unfathomable 12 months for the entire world.  A couple of years ago, even before all the craziness, we thought about calling it quits.  Things were hard.  Things were not moving as we expected. We wondered if our efforts were really making a difference.

Then, we started to get photos like this:

And this:

And, we were like, “we can’t give up now!”

I am so glad we didn’t give up because something wonderful and amazing is happening – right now.

In the past few weeks, we have experienced an incredible, unprecedented, and exhilarating surge of interest in our program, thanks to a small and unassuming library in Michigan!

In the first 11 years of our program, we grew from serving 4 schools in Minneapolis to 150 schools in 14 states – about 10-15 new schools per year.  It was a fairly slow and steady growth over one decade. 

In the past few weeks, we have nearly tripled – adding 250 new institutions – now serving over 400 organizations in 30 states!!

Here’s how it happened…

Three weeks ago, Tamarack District Library in Lakeview, Michigan got wind of our program and asked if they could also participate – they wanted to give trees to the kids they serve.

We had never had a request like this before and even though it was out of the ordinary, we thought, why not? What difference does it make whether we reach kids through schools or libraries?  They signed up and became the first library in the nation to offer trees to kids via Neighborhood Forest.  They were super excited about this and shared our program with a coop of libraries that they are a part of.  Within a day or so, we had 5 libraries signed up in Michigan.

Then, they shared our program in a Library Programming group on Facebook and we essentially went viral – doubling the number of organizations we were serving – in just a few days!

Holy tree roots!

Below is the growing list of libraries, schools, and youth groups that have signed up since Tamarack changed the course of our destiny!

(By the way, we’ve given out Tamarack trees in the past, so this is just so fitting!)

It was all very unexpected, thrilling, and a bit overwhelming.  This was the moment we had been waiting for all these years.  The moment when people would be clamoring from all over to give trees to kids.

We now have the demand for trees we’ve been hoping for and we need to meet it with adequate fundraising. Obviously, this was a growth spurt we hadn’t really planned for.

Our program runs through the generosity of our amazing sponsors: https://www.neighborhoodforest.org/our-sponsors/

It costs us about $5 per tree or child.

Consider for a moment, that the average American family creates an annual carbon footprint that is equivalent to what 75 trees sequester in their lifetime. So, for about a dollar a day, Neighborhood Forest can offset a family’s carbon footprint by planting trees through the hands of children – now, tens of thousands of children!

Our sponsorship levels are as follows:

One Child                                       $5 – 1 free tree for a child

Carbon Neutral Individual        $75 – 1 year carbon neutrality for one person (15 free trees)
Carbon Neutral Family            $375 – 1 year carbon neutrality for your family (75 free trees)

Maple                                          $950 – 1 school / library (200 free trees)
Oak                                           $2,500 – 3 schools / libraries (500 free trees)
Sequoia                                    $4,950 – 8 schools / libraries (1,000 free trees)

Forest Builder                      $25,000 – 50 schools / libraries (5,000 free trees)

We can receive payment via Venmo or PayPal (or check) and we can provide a tax-deductible receipt if desired.

I planted this tree 28 years ago. We want to give every child this joy!

Would you or someone you know (an individual, business, or organization) be interested in supporting us this year, given the wonderful, unexpected surge in participation? Every little bit helps!

Feel free to spread the word!

Is your child’s tree still alive?  Please share a current photo of it with your child(ren) on our Facebook page – we love collecting “then and nows” of the kids and their trees.

Thank you so much!

~ Happy Spring ~

Warmly,
Vikas

____________________________

Vikas Narula
Founder
Neighborhood Forest
5244 Zenith Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN 55410
www.neighborhoodforest.org

New schools, libraries, and youth groups that have joined Neighborhood Forest in the past three weeks!

Tamarack District Library, Lakeview, MI
Diamond Path International School, Apple Valley
Darby Creek, Hilliard, OH
Lakeview Elementary, Lakeview MI
Big Rapids Community Library, Big Rapids MI
Bellaire Public Library, Bellaire MI
Manistee County Library, Manistee, MI
Leelanau Township Library, Northport MI
JFK Elementary, Kingsport, TN
Wildflower Early Learning Center, Savage MN
Keystone Elementary, LaGrange, OH
Bridge Prepatory Charter School, Staten Island, NY
White Cloud Community Library, White Cloud, MI
PS 380 John Wayne Elementary, Brooklyn, NY
PS 35 Clove Valley, Staten Island, NY
Zane North School, Collingswood NJ
BSA Pack 2 Westerleigh (Scouts), Staten Island, NY
Endeavor Library, Montello WI
Darlington Library, Darlington, SC
Beacon Falls Public Library, Beacon Falls CT
Normandale Elementary School, Edina
Keene Public Library, Keene New Hampshire
Knox Public Library, Knox PA
Philmont Public Library, Philmont, NY
Ashby Free Public Library, Ashby MA
Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Library, Fort Meyer, VA
Vestal Public Library, Vestal NY
Murrieta Public Library, Murrieta CA
DR Evarts Library, Athens, NY
Bellevue Public Library, Bellevue, ID
Hundred Public Library, Hundred, WV
Tom Green County Public Library, San Angelo TX
Butler Area Public Library, Butler PA
Veterans Memorial Library St. Cloud Branch, St. Cloud, FL
Oakland City-Columbia Twp. Public Library, Oakland City, IN
Liberty Lake Library, Liberty Lake, WA
Star Valley Branch Library, Afton WY
Tyler Public Library, Tyler TX
Barnwell County Public Library, Barnwell SC
Regency Park Branch Library, New Port Richey FL
Mitchellville Public Library, Mitchellville IA
Porter Memorial Library, Blandford MA
Amery Area Public Library, Amery WI
Bartholomew County Public Library, Columbus IN
Alvah N Belding Memorial Library, Belding MI
Brisbane School District, Brisbane CA
Elmont Memorial Public Library, Elmont NY
Three Oaks Township Public Library, Three Oaks MI
Kewaunee Grade School, Kewaunee WI
Rapides Parish Library, Alexandria LA
Carnegie Library of Homestead, Munhall PA
Olive Free LIbrary Association, West Shokan NY
Wickliffe Public Library, Wickliffe OH
Lebo Branch Library, Lebo KS
Kalamazoo Public Library, MI
Mercer County Public Library, Harrodsburg KY
New River Public Library, Wesley Chapel FL
Pike County Public Libraries – Phelps Branch KY
Clayton County Morrow Library, Morrow GA
Buchanan Elementary School PTA, Murrieta CA
Emily Brittain Elementary School, Butler PA
Collingswood Middle School, Collingswood NJ
Unicoi County Public Library, Erwin TN
Tangier Smith Elementary, Mastic Beach NY
Ida Public Library, Belvidere IL
Leighton Township Library, Wayland MI
Hoffman Trails Elementary, Hilliard OH
Benson Memorial Library, Titusville PA
Anderson-Lee Library, Silver Creek NY
Malta Township Public Library, Malta IL
Evans City Public Library, Evans City PA
Chester Public Library, Chester CT
W.G. Rhea Public Library, Paris TN
Juniata County Library, Mifflintown PA
Cromwell Belden Public Library 
Glen Ellyn Public Library, Glen Ellyn IL
Novel Academy, Lake Elsinore CA
Lima Public Library, Lima OH
Southside Elementary, Shelbyville KY
Cranberry Public Library, Cranberry Township PA
Glen Lake Community Library, Empire MI
Belen Public Library, Belen NM
Brandon Free Public Library, Brandon VT
Red Bank Public Library, Red Bank NJ
Young Men’s Library Association, Ware MA
Pike County Public Library, Pikeville KY
Pike County Public Libraries, Phelps KY
Cass District Library, Cassopolis MI
Butler Catholic School, Butler PA
Slippery Rock Community Library, Slippery Rock PA
Lincoln County Library, Kemmerer WY
Crowne Hill Elementary School, Temecula CA
Prospect Community Library, Prospect PA
Owensville Carnegie Public Library, Owensville IN
Missoula Public Library, Missoula MT
Ventress Memorial Library, Marshfield, MA
Rock Falls Public Library District, Rock Falls IL
Early Learning Connections, Butler PA
Chippewa Falls Public Library, Chippewa Falls WI
Amazing Grace Worship youth, Sidney KY
Saegertown Area Library, Saegertown PA
Union Public Library, Union NJ
Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines Troop 661, Sartell MN
Northland Public Library, Pittsburgh PA
Stillwater County Library, Columbus MT
Salem Public Library, Salem VA
Albert Chapman Elementary School, Powell OH
Elkhorn City Elementary, Elkhorn City KY
Reed City Area District Library, Reed City MI
Middletown Public Library, Middletown RI
The Goddard School Beachwood, Beachwood OH
CubScouts pack 614, Murrieta CA
HIS Kids Christian School, Butler PA
Western Elementary School, Centertown KY
Verndale Area Christian Academy, Verndale MN
Wood Family Home School, Afton WY
Taunton Public Library, Taunton MA
Plymouth Public Library, Plymouth MA
McKinley Memorial Library, Niles OH
Carver Memorial Library, Searsport ME
Washington Elementary School, Dublin OH
Hamilton Public Library, Hamilton NY
Riverview Elementary/ Middle School, Grundy VA
Central Middle School, Golden IL
Slater Public Library, Slater IA
Interstate 35 Elementary School, Truro IA
Leelanau Montessori Public School Academy, Lake Leelanau MI
Girl scout troop 71303 gsmh – Weir KS
Carolina International School – Concord NC
Lillian C. Schmitt Elementary – Columbus IN
Bright Horizons at Tel Hai, Honey Brook PA
Pasadena Public Library – Pasadena TX
PS 44 Thomas C Brown, Staten Island NY
La Barge Branch Library, La Barge WY
Warrior Run Middle School – Turbotville PA
Sutton County Public Library – Sonora TX
Jasper County Public Library Rensselaer Branch, Rensselaer IN
Little Dixie Regional Libraries – Moberly MO
Geary Elementary Middle School – Left Hand WV
Fairview Elementary – Richmond IN
Lawrence Memorial Library, Bristol VT
Christina’s Daycare, Dixon IL
Barrett Elementary, Homestead PA
BSA Troop 1907, Houston TX
Lewis Cooper Jr. Memorial Library – Opelika AL
Lincoln Public Library – Lincoln CA
Pasco County Libraries – Hudson FL
Land O’Lakes Library – Land O’Lakes FL
Centennial Park Library – Holiday FL
Columbia County Public Library – Lake City FL
South Holiday Library – Holiday FL
Navigator Academy of Leadership – Valrico FL
Twin Falls Public Library – Twin Falls ID
Zion Benton Public Library – Zion IL
Girl Scouts Earth Day Event – Quincy IL
Evergreen Park Public Library – Evergreen Park IL
Peoria Public Library – Peoria IL
Edwardsville Public Library – Edwardsville IL
Seneca Public Library District – Seneca IL
Jasper County Public Library – DeMotte IN
South Whitley Community Public Library – South Whitely IN
Ligonier Public Library – Ligonier IN
Covington Public Library – Covington IN
Brook Iroquois Washington Public Library – Brook IN
Jasper County Public Library – Wheatfield IN
Churdan Public Library – Churdan IA
McCreary Public Library – Whitley City KY
Weymouth Elementary School – Morrill ME
Ames Elementary School – Searsmont ME
Washington County Free Library – Hagerstown MD
Berkshire Athenaeum – Pittsfield MA
Community District Library – Coldwater MI
Community District Library – Bancroft MI
Community District Library – New Lothrop MI
Community District Library – Byron MI
Community District Library – Lennon MI
Community District Library – Morrice MI
Community District Library – Corunna MI
Lapeer District Library – Lapeer MI
Pearl River County Library System – Picayune MS
The Paris Dulaney Memorial Library – Paris MO
Paris Elementary – Paris MO
Montgomery Co R-II Middle School – Montgomery City MO
St. Francis Catholic School – Billings MT
Kimball Public Library – Kimball NE
Butler Memorial Library – Cambridge NE
First Congregational UCC – Albuquerque NM
Sidney Memorial Public Library – Sidney NY
Cazenovia Public Library – Cazenovia NY
Kingston Library – Kingston NY
Kent Public Library – Kent Lakes NY
Cub Scout Pack 123 – Jamestown NY
Phoenicia Elementary School – Phoenicia NY
Maxwell Memorial Library – Camillus NY
Sharon Hill Daycare and Preschool – Cincinnatti OH
North Canton Public Library – North Canton OH
Girl Scout Troop #796 of Ohio’s Heartland – Dublin OH
Scottish Corners Elementary – Dublin OH
Franklin Public Library – Franklin PA
Southmoreland Primary Center – Alverton PA
Vandergrift Public Library – Vandergrift PA
Hollidaysburg Area Public Library – Hollidaysburg PA
Troop/Pack 217 – Chicora PA
West Mifflin Middle School – West Mifflin PA
Chippewa Branch Library – Beaver Falls PA
Chicora Elementary School – Chicora PA
West Warwick Public Library – West Warwick RI
Johnsonville Public Library – Johnsonville SC
Dell Rapids Carnegie Public Library – Dell Rapids SD
Victoria Public Library – Victoria TX
Bent Northrop Memorial Library – Fairfield VT
Alburgh Public Library – Alburgh VT
Readsboro Community Library – Readsboro VT
Denmark Early Childhood Center – Denmark WI
Grantsburg Public Library – Grantsburg WI
Lakeview Community Library – Random Lake WI
Alpine Branch Library – Alpine WY

Earth Day 2020

Dear Families,

I hope this message finds you and yours well, safe, and healthy.

It seems that Mother Nature has given us all a big time-out.  

Everything has slowed way down, if not shut down completely.  People are working remotely.  Restaurants are offering take-out only.  Sports canceled. Schools closed.

Thousands of health-care workers are on the front lines working to save lives – bless their souls.

Wow.

Who would have imagined?

50 years of Earth Day is upon us and fortunately, the worldwide pandemic cannot prevent us from planting trees! While some schools have canceled the giveaway in light of the current circumstances, many schools have decided to proceed as planned – finding creative ways to get trees in your hand.  Some are combining giveaways with existing lunch programs and / or setting up a pick-up schedule.

We salute the teachers, principals, volunteers, and parents who have found creative ways to keep this program going for its 11th straight year!

And, we honor and respect those schools and leaders who decided to opt-out.  No offense taken!  In these unusual times, it is most important that we take care of ourselves first and those around us.

Most of the trees will be arriving this week in time for Earth Day (April 22). Distributions will be happening throughout this week and the following.
If you have not received any pick-up instructions, please contact us.

Here are some simple planting instructions, along with species information for the beautiful little trees coming your way.

Please send us a pic of your child(ren) and their newly planted tree and share it with us via our Facebook page.

We love collecting “then and nows” of our growing babies!

Thank you again, school coordinators, teachers, parents, kids, volunteers, and sponsors for your participation in our program and for taking a small but important step in beautifying your community and our world.

Warmly,

Vikas Narula, Founder of Neighborhood Forest


	

White Spruce

Many of you will be receiving a White Spruce through Neighborhood Forest and The Family of Trees this spring (Earth Day / Week 2020).

Here is some information about this beautiful tree.

The white spruce grows to a height of 40–60 feet and a spread of 10–20 feet at maturity. This tree grows at a medium rate, with height increases of 13–24 inches per year.

This tree thrives in a lot of sunlight – ideally six hours of direct sunlight per day. The white spruce grows well in a variety of different soils and has some drought tolerance.

The white spruce does well when transplanted. It can withstand wind, heat, cold, drought, crowding and some shade. It does well in cities and often serves as rural windbreaks.

You can find simple planting instructions here.

Aside from providing nesting for birds and shelter for other animals, white spruces provide food for many kinds of wildlife. Crossbills, evening grosbeaks, and red-breasted nuthatches feed on its seeds. The foliage is eaten by grouse, rabbits, and deer. Red squirrels bite open cones to eat the seeds, and they delight upon young, tender spruce shoots.

When Jacques Cartier sailed up the broad St. Lawrence River in 1535, he became the first European to see North America’s white spruces. As he laid claim to the lands he beheld, he proclaimed them to be “as beautiful…as one could wish for.” The trees, he said, were “the finest trees in the world.”

Tree Planting Instructions

Below are simple planting instructions for deciduous and pine tree seedlings.

For a more complete, interactive tree planting lesson, please visit this page.

Thank you for participating in our program!

Happy Earth Day!

Click here for a downloadable version of Tree Planting Instructions

Important Information About Your Trees!

Posted on April 25, 2019 by vnarula

Dear Parents,

Happy Earth Day (and Week)!  Your tree is coming (if it has not already)!

Thank you for registering to receive and plant a free tree with your child(ren) through Neighborhood Forest!

You are part of a coordinated national tree planting initiative that will involve close to 7000 families across North America!

Important Information About Your New Tree

Trees are being shipped to schools this week and will be brought home with your child(ren) by Thursday or Friday this week.

Please keep your tree refrigerated and roots damp until planted!

Most of you will be receiving an Eastern Red Cedar tree.  Below is information about your new tree and some simple planting instructions.

The eastern redcedar grows to a height of 40–50′ and a spread of 8–20′ at maturity and grows at a medium rate, with height increases of 13–24″ per year.

Redcedars are unusually long-lived, with the potential to live over 900 years. The oldest tree reported, from West Virginia, is 940 years old!

Full sun is the ideal condition for this tree, meaning it should get at least six hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.

Redcedar foliage provides nesting and roosting cover for sparrows, robins, mockingbirds, juncos, and warblers.

The eastern redcedar is an ancient tree, dating back to aboriginal America.

Want to thank us?

Please send us pictures of your kids with the trees!  We love seeing the smiling kids with their trees, especially when they are planted.

We are celebrating our 10th year of giving away free trees and we are starting to collect “then and now” photos of the kids and their trees (see below).  We would love to collect more!

These pictures keep us inspired and motivated – please share the joy! You can post them on our Facebook page.

We are ever so grateful for your participation in our program.

It would not be possible without dedicated parents, children, schools, coordinators, volunteers, and sponsors.

Thank you for making this spring season extra special!

A New Year and A New Beginning

Posted on January 31, 2019 by vnarula

We’re a month into the New Year, and that means resolutions have been made, and some have already been abandoned. It means we’ve contemplated the past year, and considered changes for this one to come. It means we have new hopes, dreams, and aspirations.

Hopes, dreams, and aspirations sometimes change, but I’ve always loved nature. I’ve always believed our Earth to be an extension of ourselves, and we of it. So of course I love trees, and I feel honored to have to joined Neighborhood Forest this year.

During my research to learn more about trees, I learned a tree goes through a life cycle much like a human’s (including birth, infancy, adolescence, teen, adulthood, and maturity). This fact was eye opening for me. I’ve always felt trees were somewhat majestic. Now, I see trees as unique beings, that provide us clean air and oxygen, shade us from the sun, and are home to so many other kinds of life. I also see that every tree is special, just like every person. Isn’t it a beautiful thing we get to share that wonder with children, our neighbors and future generations?

This new year your resolutions don’t have to be huge or nearly unattainable. What are you grateful for, thankful for, even if it’s something small? Even if it’s something as small as a tree seedling. I’m grateful that I get to share my love of nature with children and our communities. My resolution is to share that love as far and wide as I can this year. What are you going to go?

If you would like to join in on the Neighborhood Forest mission, and share your love of nature with school children, giving them free trees for Earth Day and teaching them about community, consider becoming a sponsor or contact us to find out how you can help. Let’s grow this New Year into a better future together:)

-Tiffany