We’re Giving Away Trees!

Because trees are great for water quality, cooling Baltimore’s urban heat islands, and beautifying neighborhoods, we’re dedicated to increasing Baltimore’s tree canopy. One of the ways we do this is by giving away trees for residents to plant themselves.

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Choosing a Tree

The trees below are available for our current giveaway. They’re divided by size– large canopy trees that reach heights of over 40 feet, and small understory trees that mature to heights of 20 to 30 feet, suitable for planting under power lines, in small yards, or close to houses. All species do well in our Baltimore climate, but make sure the tree you choose is suitable for your particular planting location.

Large Canopy Trees

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American Beech

Height: 50-80’
Spread: 40-80’
Light: ☼-◐
Moisture: moist – well-drained

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Bald Cypress

Height: 50-70’
Spread: 20-45’
Light: Full sunPartial shade
Moisture: medium-wet 

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Black Cherry

Height: 50’ – 80’
Spread: 30’ – 60’
Light: Full sunPartial shade
Moisture: moderate

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Bur Oak

Height: 50-80’
Spread: 40-80’
Light: ☼-◐
Moisture: moist – well-drained

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Chinkapin Oak

Height: 50-70’
Spread: 20-45’
Light: Full sunPartial shade
Moisture: medium-wet 

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Common Hackberry

Height: 45-60’ 
Spread: 40-60’ 
Light: ☼-◐
Moisture: dry-wet

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Eastern Cottonwood

Height: 50-80’
Spread: 40-80’
Light: ☼-◐
Moisture: moist – well-drained

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Loblolly Pine

Height: 40’ – 70’
Spread: 20’ – 40’
Light: ☼
Moisture: Medium-wet

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River Birch

Height: 50-80’
Spread: 40-80’
Light: ☼-◐
Moisture: moist – well-drained

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Swamp Chestnut Oak

Height: 50-80’
Spread: 40-80’
Light: ☼-◐
Moisture: moist – well-drained

Small Understory Trees

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Allegheny Serviceberry

Height: 15-25’
Spread: 15-20’
Light: Full sunPartial shade
Moisture: medium 

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American Holly

Height: 30-50’
Spread: 15-25’
Light: Full sunPartial shade
Moisture: dry-moist

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American Hornbeam

Height: 20 – 35’
Spread:20 – 35’
Light: Partial shade
Moisture: Well-drained.

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American Plum

Height: 15-25’
Spread: 15-25’
Light: Full sunPartial shade
Moisture: dry to medium, well-drained

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American Witch-Hazel

Height: 50-70’
Spread: 20-45’
Light: Full sunPartial shade
Moisture: medium-wet 

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Eastern Redbud

Height: 30-40’ 
Spread: 25-30’ 
Light: ☼-◐
Moisture: moderate-wet

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Smooth Alder

Height: 10-20’
Spread: 8-15’
Light: ☼-◐
Moisture: Medium – wet

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Sweetbay Magnolia

Height: 15-30’
Spread: 15-25’
Light: ☼-◐
Moisture: moist-wet

Illustrations courtesy of University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science,Integration and Application Network