Fall Tree Giveaway Event
The Big Trees Sale is Now the Fall Tree Giveaway
The Fall Tree Giveaway encourages Baltimore County residents to reforest their backyards with native trees.
The Fall Tree Giveaway is now over. Please check back for information about a possible Spring Tree Giveaway for Baltimore County residents.
- Any Baltimore County resident (must present driver's license) can get up to 10 trees per address.
- This is a first come, first served, drive-up event.
- The trees will be chosen by our staff for the species that you select and we will help load your trees.
- The trees are in three-gallon pots and are two to three feet tall.
- Tree shelter kits will be available.
- Bring plastic bags or blankets to keep your car or truck clean.
What Trees Are Available?
Offering a selection of native oak species:
- black oak
- pin oak
- red oak
- white oak
- willow oak
- swamp white oak
- Scarlet oak
We encourage you to consider planting oak species due to their superior habitat value. In the spring, oak leaves are a critical food source for moth caterpillars that breeding songbirds gather to feed their hatchlings.
Oaks are the preferred food source for 534 species of moth caterpillars, whereas maples support 285 species, beeches support 126 species and sweetgum provide little or no food source for birds. The oak forests that once dominated our region are declining and big trees are a great way you can help restore our forest ecosystem.
Why Plant Large Canopy Trees?
When properly selected, located, planted and maintained, native overstory trees:
- Provide shade and funnel air in the summer for cooling and form windbreaks in the winter for warming
- Soak up excess storm water, filter pollutants and control erosion
- Improve community aesthetics and increase property values
- Provide bird and other wildlife habitat
- Reduce energy costs, clean the air and sequester carbon dioxide
- Contribute to Maryland’s 2020 goal of “No Net Loss of Forests” and the County’s Tree Canopy goals
- Facilitate Baltimore County’s work to help restore the Chesapeake Bay.
Plant Trees in the Right Place
Not sure where to plant?
- Our guidelines for community planting projects can help you determine the right species for your home and where to plant it.
- Baltimore Gas and Electric provides information on planting to avoid damage to power lines.
Have a Large Area to Plant?
If you have one acre or more of land in Baltimore County that you (or you and a contiguous neighbor) want to reforest, we're interested in working with you as part of our expanded reforestation efforts for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP).
Trees planted through the WIP program incur no cost to homeowners or landowners. Funding for Phase II of the WIP was generated through Baltimore County's Stormwater Remediation Fee.
For information about 200 species of forest trees, see the USDA Forest Service Agricultural Handbook 654: Silvics of North America, Volume 1-Conifers and Volume 2-Hardwoods.
Revised October 21, 2016