The City of Midwest City and the Midwest City Tree Board are giving away 200 five gallon trees and residents can choose from one of five varieties. The registration for the free trees will open at 8 p.m. on Monday, March 4 and will close when 200 residents have reserved trees.
The trees to be given away include Red Bud, White Bud, Chinese Pistache, Autumn Blaze Maple and Purple Robe Locust. “The trees we are giving away were chosen for their colorful blooms in the spring or their vibrant fall leaf color,” said Public Works Director Vaughn Sullivan. “Beautification projects like this help show our community pride and contribute to the appeal and vitality of our community.”
The tree giveaway is limited to one tree per household and recipients must be a resident of Midwest City.
The registration link to reserve a tree will be available at 8 p.m. Monday evening, (March 4) at the very bottom of this page - below the tree photos. (Please note the link to register is not available until 8 p.m. Monday.)
The trees will be distributed starting at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 30 at the Rotary Pavilion in Joe B. Barnes Regional Park. Residents that have reserved a tree will need to bring photo identification along with a recent utility bill with the same address as proof of their residency.
Steve Bray, Midwest City arborist and master gardener, will demonstrate how to plant and tether trees at 10:45 a.m. (Tree planting brochure you can download and print.)
Residents who receive a tree will need to bring a vehicle that can transport a five gallon tree approximately four to six feet in height. Cub Scout Pack 210 will be on hand to assist any resident who needs help loading the tree in his or vehicle. The trees will only be available for pick up on the day of the giveaway. Trees cannot be delivered.
Joe B. Barnes Regional Park is located at 8700 E. Reno Ave.
Midwest City has been a Tree City USA for 37 years of the 38-year old program. The Midwest City Tree Board was created in 1980 to advise the City Council on its public tree program.
Members of the Tree Board include Grace Sullivan, Chair, and Sherri Anderson, Lou Atkinson, Susan Glapion, Sherry Beaird, Linda “Suzi” Byrne and Theresa Mortimer.
The Tree Board meets the second Tuesday of January, April, July and October at noon at the Public Works Administration Building at 8730 SE 15th St. The public is welcome to attend.
Description of Trees
Below are photos and a brief description of the five different trees to be given away. (Please note the photos are of mature trees.)
Red Bud Tree (Full sun/partial shade; moist, well-drained soil; 30-40 feet tall; 15-20 feet wide)
White Bud Tree (Full sun/partial shade; average to moist soil; 20 feet tall; 25 feet wide) Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder.
Chinese Pistache Tree (Full sun/partial shade; moist to dry soil conditions; 25-30 feet tall; 25-35 feet wide)
Autumn Blaze Maple Tree (Full sun; adapts to a large range of soil conditions; 40-50 feet tall; 30-40 feel wide)
Purple Robe Locust Tree (Full sun; well drained soil; 30-40 feet tall; 25-30 feet wide; drought tolerant)