2022 Celebration - April 30th
Arbor Day is a holiday dedicated to inspiring individuals and groups to plant trees. In Springfield Township, Arbor Day is usually celebrated on the Saturday following Arbor Day. The Springfield Board of Commissioners have declared Saturday, April 30th Arbor Day in Springfield Township.
In celebration, the Springfield Township Shade Tree Commission will be hosting its Annual Arbor Day Celebration on Saturday, April 30th at the Township Municipal Complex from 10am to 12pm.
As part of our Arbor Day celebration, the Shade Tree Commission will be hosting its traditional tree giveaway. Unlike previous years, where trees were available on a "first-come, first-served" basis, the Commission will instead be raffling off twenty (20) trees to eligible Township Households who register in advance.
Residents interested in entering the raffle for a chance for a free tree MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE starting at 9am on Thursday, April 14th. PRE-REGISTRATION to be entered into the raffle will remain open until twenty (20) households are selected and announced at 4pm on Friday, April 22nd. Raffled trees are limited to one per winning household. Households who received a tree as part of the Shade Tree Commission's Tree Giveaway at Community Day in October 2021 are not eligible.
Registration for our Tree Giveaway Raffle will be available online or in person at the Springfield Township Administration Building.
2022 Available Trees
Enter our Tree Giveaway Raffle for a chance to win one of these trees below. On the raffle registration form, you may choose your first, second, and third choice/preference.
Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida "Cloud Nine") 3 gall - Prolific, large, pure white, overlapping petal-like blooms in spring, dark green foliage in the summer, reddish-purple leaves in the fall, and glossy red berries that persist into winter make this dogwood a lovely ornamental tree for all seasons. A short trunk, horizontal branches, and a moderately globe-shaped crown round out the tree’s handsome appearance.
Sweetbay Magnolia (Magnolia virginiana) 2 gall - The Sweetbay Magnolia has glistening dark green leaves with a silver underside that has a frosted appearance. The 2"-3" creamy white flowers have a light lemon scent and are visible in late spring and early summer. It is very elegantly shaped and is a good choice for a specimen or patio tree. Bright scarlet-red seeded fruit ripens in late summer attracting many birds. Prefers moist, acid soil with sun to partial shade. Grows 10'-20' high with equal spread.
Sweet Birch (Betula lenta) 3 gall - An esteemed native species that has an incredible fall display of bright yellow and gold leaves. A valuable tree and classified as one of the largest hardwoods in northeastern North America. Bark is a shiny yellow to gray-silver that splits into curly strips and becomes a reddish brown as it grow older. The stems of the Yellow Birch contain a wintergreen aroma. Grows 60'-75' high and wide. Plant in moist, well drained, rich, acidic soils with full sun to partial shade.
Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry (Amelanchier autumn brilliance clump) 3 gall - In spring, you'll appreciate the delicate, fine-textured clusters of white flowers which simply cover this tree. This outstanding flower display is a wonderful harbinger of the growing season and supports the early nectar needs of beneficial pollinators. Soon, you'll see the flowers give way to small green berries that gradually deepen into red. They finally mature a deep, rich purple in early summer.
Tree Information courtesy of the Arbor Day Foundation. Pictures of the trees can be viewed on the associated flyer and sign-up form.
About Arbor Day
Arbor Day is a holiday dedicated to the planting and caring of trees. Trees are important to our local ecosystem for a number of reasons, including improving air quality, stormwater management, shading and cooling, preserving soil, and supporting wildlife. By giving out free trees, the Shade Tree Commission hopes to inspire the planting and care of trees in the Township.