Westmont, Illinois - Date Issued: February 16, 2022
To celebrate Arbor Day, the Village of Westmont Environmental Improvement Committee (EIC) is coordinating its annual tree seedling giveaway. On Arbor Day, Friday, April 29, Village and Library staff along with EIC volunteers will be at the Westmont Library, 428 N. Cass Avenue, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., to hand out tree seedlings to Westmont residents.
"Given the recent losses in many evergreens in our region, we are happy to be offering all evergreen seedlings this year,” said Village Forester Jon Yeater. “Evergreens are great for screening, windbreaks, and wildlife habitat. Evergreens of all sizes provide critical winter habitat for non-migratory birds, helping to protect and shelter them from cold and precipitation. This year's selections provide a fit for every size yard."
The following tree species will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for the 2022 seedling giveaway:
Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii)Size - 40-60’ high by 15-20’ wideGrowth Rate - medium Fall Color - evergreenHabit - loosely pyramidalMaintenance Requirement - low Other - Stately evergreen for larger landscapes.
Northern White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis)Size - 30-40’ high by 10-15’ wide Growth Rate - medium Fall Color - evergreenHabit - pyramidal to round Maintenance Requirement - low Other - Native species great for screens in medium landscapes.
Norway Spruce (Picea abies)Size - 50-70’ high by 20-25’ wide Growth Rate - medium-fastFall Color - evergreenHabit - pyramidal Maintenance Requirement - low Other - Great for windbreaks and screens in larger landscapes
Techny Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis ‘Techny’)Size - 10-15’ high by 6-10’ wide Growth Rate - medium Fall Color - evergreenHabit - broadly pyramidal Maintenance Requirement - low Other - Native selection with dark green foliage. Great for screens and hedges in smaller landscapes
White Pine (Pinus strobus)Size - 50-80’ high by 20-40’ wide Growth Rate - medium-fast Fall Color- evergreenHabit - pyramidal Maintenance Requirement - low Other - Picturesque native pine species with fine feathery needles for larger landscapes
Photos of each species being offered has been posted on the village website for review.
Residents can sign up online and choose the seedlings they would like to receive. Signup begins immediately and continues through Sunday, April 24. All participants must be a resident of Westmont. Residents will be allowed to order up to three seedlings per Westmont address. There is a limited number of each species of seedling available, and priority will be determined on a first come first served basis.
TREE SEEDLING GIVEAWAY SIGNUP FORM
For more information regarding the Westmont EIC, please visit the Village of Westmont EIC Green Page.