TreesCharlotte, an organization dedicated to increasing Charlotte’s tree canopy, holds several free TreeStores every year. At these events, Charlotte residents can receive free trees, as well as training on how to care for them.
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Read on to see the schedule of fall tree giveaways!
There are two kinds of TreeStores:
- Citywide TreeStores: open to everyone in Charlotte
- Zip code TreeStores: open to people in specific zip codes
Fine Print on Tree Adoptions (formerly known as TreeStores)
- Two trees per address.
- Registration will be required and will open online 5-7 days before the event. While you will be able to pre-select your species, TreesCharlotte cannot guarantee species type or quantities the day of the event. They will, however, make all efforts to sub in a comparable tree.
- Charlotteans who have never received a tree from TreesCharlotte in the past will be invited to take advantage of First Timers registration. Those details will roll out with each Adoption Event.
- TreesCharlotte’s mission is to help the City of Charlotte reach their goal of 50% tree canopy by 2050. They therefore limit our efforts to expand the canopy within Charlotte’s city limits and limit participation to Charlotte residents only (unfortunately, they do not serve Matthews, Mint Hill, Pineville, Huntersville, Davidson, Cornelius, other municipalities outside Charlotte, or Mecklenburg County).
- Proof of Charlotte residency (such as a driver’s license, utility bill, etc.) may be required on the day of the event.
- You will complete and sign a Stewardship Pledge Form (mandatory) and declare your pledge to take care of the tree(s) we provide.
- During the giveaway, you will be shown how to properly plant and care for your tree(s). Tree education is mandatory for everyone.
- Trees are in 3-, 5- or 7-gallon containers, range from 6-10′ tall.
- While TreesCharlotte hopes to return to their in-person, full-contact events, they will adapt to prevailing Covid precautions.
TreesCharlotte events in 2021
Check back soon for times, locations and registration for all events! Here’s the first one. We’ll be updating the others soon.
Opening Day Citywide Tree Adoption
September 25th, 2021
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
City of Charlotte Landscape Management, 701 Tuckaseegee Road
Open to all Charlotteans. Registration starts 10 am. on Tuesday, September 21st. Trees include:
- River Birch
- Chinese Juniper
- Crape Myrtle
- Swamp White Oak
At the same time, TreesCharlotte is holding a Tree Adoption event for first-timers (people who have not adopted trees from TreesCharlotte in the past.) Registration for this event starts a day earlier, September 20th, 2021, at 10 a.m.
Other Tree Adoption Days:
Oct. 9: Historic West End Tree Adoption, open to residents of HWE neighborhoods. Northwest School of the Arts, 1415 Beatties Ford Road.
Oct. 30: Westside Zip Code Tree Adoption, open to residents in 28208, 28214 and 28216.Sponsored by Crescent Communities, with additional support from Swinerton Foundation. Whitewater Middle School, 10201 Running Rapids Road.
Nov. 6: Hindu Center of Charlotte Tree Adoption, special giveaway tied to fall festival. Hindu Center, 7400 City View Dr.
Nov. 13: University City Zip Code Tree Adoption, open to residents in 28213, 28262 and 28269. Sponsored by Crow Holdings. Back Creek Church, 1821 Back Creek Church Road.
Nov. 20: SouthPark Zip Code Tree Adoption, open to residents in 28207, 28209, 28210 and 28211. Location TBA.
Dec. 11: East CLT Zip Code Tree Adoption, open to residents in 28205, 28212, 28215 and 28227. Location TBA.
Feb. 5: Steele Creek Zip Code Tree Adoption, open to residents in 28217, 28273 and 28278. Location TBA.
Feb. 26: South Charlotte Zip Code Tree Adoption, open to residents in 28226, 28270 and 28277. Location TBA.
March 5: Central Charlotte Zip Code Tree Adoption, open to residents in 28202, 28203, 28204, 28206 and 28216. Location TBA.
March 26: Season-Ending Citywide Tree Adoption, open to all Charlotteans. Everything must go! City of Charlotte Landscape Management, 701 Tuckaseegee Road.