Dallas residents receive free trees on Dallas Arbor Day
Dallas Water Utilities (DWU) hosted the fifth annual Branch Out Dallas tree giveaway event on Dallas Arbor Day, Saturday, November 4. Over 2,600 trees were distributed at six locations citywide.
The Branch Out Dallas tree giveaway program was launched in the fall of 2018 and, because of the growing demand and participation, it is now part of the Dallas Arbor Day annual celebration.
Trees benefit the urban environment by reducing stormwater runoff to drainage systems, cooling temperatures, improving air quality and mitigating the heat island effect.
"This program supports city initiatives," said Karen Woodard, Forestry Manager, Dallas Water Utilities. "We appreciate our residents and volunteers who understand the value of planting more trees."
Residents selected a five-gallon tree from varieties that included bur oak, sycamore, American elm, Mexican plum, Shumard oak and lacebark elm. These trees are hardy and suited for the Texas region.
Branch Out Dallas is held annually. The program is led by DWU staff and is supported by volunteers and civic groups who help plan the event and distribute the trees to residents.
For information on how to plant your new tree, click on the images below:
What is Branch Out Dallas?
The Branch Out Dallas program was started as an effort to reduce the heat island effect and to increase the overall tree canopy in the city. Each tree planted helps Dallas get closer to meeting these goals. Trees benefit everyone by cooling temperatures and improving air quality. Homeowners who plant a tree in their yard benefit by saving energy, cooling the air and adding shade. Program inquiries can be sent to BranchOutDallas@dallas.gov
Branch Out Dallas supports citywide initiatives:
- Trees improve air quality, reduce stormwater runoff, cool temperatures and reduce the heat island effect.
- Residents can replace damaged or aging trees.
- Increases the overall tree canopy citywide.
- Trees improve residents' quality of life.
- Public education on green initiatives.
- Supports neighborhood beautification efforts.
To learn more about City of Dallas urban forestry efforts visit the City of Dallas Forestry web site.
Download the Branch Out Dallas Tri-fold Brochure
Photos from Branch Out Dallas 2022
Munger Place planted 40 trees at homes!
June Shelton School - 264 trees handed out to homeowners!
White Rock Church of Christ - 912 trees handed out to homeowners!
Marsh Lane Baptist Church - 322 trees handed out to homeowners!