Trees, for You, for Free

As the proverb states: The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second-best time is now.

Tree Pittsburgh will host tree giveaways throughout the month of May in multiple locations around Pittsburgh, making now an even better time to plant a tree—or two. Currently, giveaway locations and dates include:
- Point Breeze/Shadyside: Wednesday, May 13
- Oakland/Hill District: Friday, May 15th
- Squirrel Hill: Friday, May 29th
- Baldwin/Brentwood/Whitehall/Pleasant Hills: Saturday, May 30th

The tree distribution is among a series of local giveaways by Tree Pittsburgh this spring. 

Participants must register in advance and may request up to two trees per household. Trees will be in 2-gallon containers and will range from 2 to 7 feet tall. 

Various species will be available and registrants are encouraged to come early for the best selection. 

Members of the University’s Campus Tree Advisory Committee will be on hand at the event with information on the University’s tree plans. Pitt’s sustainability plan goals include increasing the campus tree canopy and replacing lawn with indigenous and adapted plants.  

Why plant a tree? 

In addition to adding beauty, trees provide habitat for birds and animals. They release oxygen and store carbon. They cool the air, provide shade and intercept ultraviolet rays. They absorb ozone and other pollutants. 

Here are some facts from the U.S. Forest Service: 

  • 100 trees remove 53 tons of carbon dioxide and 430 pounds of other air pollutants per year.
  • 100 mature trees catch about 139,000 gallons of rainwater per year.
  • Strategically placed trees save up to 56% on annual air-conditioning costs. Evergreens that block winter winds can save 3% on heating.
  • Higher property values: Each large front yard tree adds to a home’s sale price.