MOBOT Celebrates Arbor Day With Tree Giveaways

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(KPLR) – In celebration of Arbor Day, plant a tree for free!  The Missouri Botanical Garden and Shaw Nature Reserve will celebrate Arbor Day by giving away 600 Missouri native tree saplings to visitors.

Holly Berthold stopped by to tell Christine about this giveaway and your opportunity to get a sapling at two different events. Master Gardeners will be on-hand to answer questions and give advice on planting trees in the spring.

All five species offered this year are native to Missouri. The five species given away this year are:

Deciduous holly, (Ilex decidua)
The deciduous holly is an excellent small tree or large shrub for landscaping and food for wildlife. It grows 10-15 feet tall in sun or partial shade and prefers a rich, well-drained soil.

River birch (Betula nigra)
The river birch is the best birch for St. Louis gardens and grows 40-70 feet tall. It prefers a moist, acidic, fertile soil including semi-aquatic conditions, but also tolerates drier soil.

Flowering dogwood (Cornus florida)
The flowering dogwood is the Missouri State tree and attains a small to medium size, under 30 feet tall. It`s best to plant this tree under some shade or where it will not receive direct sun in the afternoon. Flowering dogwoods have great spring flowers and outstanding fall color in most years.

Witch hazel (Hamamelis vernalis)
The witch hazel is a winter-blooming, deciduous rounded shrub. Typically growing to 10 feet tall with a somewhat larger spread, it is noted for its extremely early (January through March) bloom of fragrant, yellow flowers, medium green summer foliage and yellow fall color.

Chinkapin oak (Quercus muehlenbergii)
The Chinkapin oak is a large oak growing to 40-60 feet tall. It needs a large yard or can be used as a street tree. It prefers moist fertile soil but does have relatively good drought tolerance.

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Arbor Day Tree Giveaway – Missouri Botanical Garden
Friday, Apr. 5
9:00am-5:00pm (or while supplies last)
William T. Kemper Center for Home Gardening at the Missouri Botanical Garden
4344 Shaw Blvd.
south St. Louis
COST: Included with Garden admission of $8 adults; $4 St. Louis City/County residents.
Free children ages 12 and under
Find out more:
(314) 577-5100 or 1(800)642-8842 toll free


Arbor Day Tree Giveaway – Shaw Nature Reserve
Saturday, April 6
10:00am-4:00pm (or while supplies last)
Shaw Nature Reserve
I-44 at exit #253
Gray Summit, MO
COST: $5 adults; $3 seniors (65+). Free children ages 12 and under.
Find out more:
(636) 451-3512

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