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Posted on: March 22, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Westmont Celebrates Arbor Day With Annual Tree Seedling Giveaway

Tree Seedling Giveaway
Village of Westmont
Date Issued: March 22, 2018

To celebrate Arbor Day, the Westmont Environmental Improvement Commission (EIC) is coordinating its annual tree seedling giveaway.  On Arbor Day, Friday, April 27, Village Forester Jon Yeater and EIC volunteers will be at the Westmont Library between 1 and 5 p.m. to hand out tree seedlings to Westmont residents.
"The recent loss of so many trees in town has also resulted in the loss of their associated benefits community wide,” said Yeater, who is the Village Liaison to the EIC.  “These lost benefits include regional cooling, filtering air and  oxygen production, stormwater runoff reduction and filtering, increased property values and much more.  The tree seedling giveaway promotes replanting with locally acclimated, long-lived, diverse trees species to increase the health and vitality of our urban forest in the future.  Since the start of this program in 2012, the Village has given out almost 2000 tree seedlings!"

The following tree species will be available for the 2018 seedling giveaway:

Chinquapin Oak (Quercus muehlenbergii)
Size- 40-50’ high by 40-50’ wide
Growth Rate- medium-fast
Fall Color- yellow brown
Habit- rounded       
Maintenance Requirement- low   
Other- fast growing oak species

White Pine (Pinus strobus)
Size- 50-80’ high by 20-40’ wide     
Growth Rate- medium-fast    
Fall Color- evergreen
Habit- pyramidal 
Maintenance Requirement- low     
Other- faster growing pine species

Hazelnut (Corylus americana)
Size- 8-12’ high by 8-12’ wide
Growth Rate- medium 
Fall Color- burgundy/red/yellow
Habit- shrub    
Maintenance Requirement- low  
Other- edible nut
Silky Dogwood (Cornus amomum)
Size- 6-10’ high by 6-10’ wide
Growth Rate- medium    
Fall Color- reddish purple-burgundy
Habit- shrub    
Maintenance Requirement- low
Other- white flowers - fruit loved by many small bird

Residents can sign-up online and choose the seedlings they would like to receive.  Sign-up begins immediately and continues through Monday, April 23rd.  All participants must be a resident of Westmont.  Residents will be allowed to order up to two seedlings per Westmont address. To sign-up for seedlings, click here.

For more information on the Westmont Environmental Improvement Commission (EIC), please visit


Contact: Larry McIntyre
Village of Westmont Communications Director
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