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TreeFest invites you to pick up a free tree at the mall

Pick up a free tree at TreeFest this month at Independence Mall in Wilmington. (Port City Daily/File photo)
Pick up a free tree at TreeFest this month at Independence Mall in Wilmington. (Port City Daily/File photo)

WILMINGTON — The New Hanover County Arboretum will host its 23rd annual TreeFest this month at Independence Mall.

Free, bare-root trees will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis and must be planted as soon as possible. Experts will be on-site to help participants learn more about tree species and determine whether the trees available would be a good fit for their respective property.

The event launched in 1997 after Hurricanes Bertha and Fran uprooted trees in the Wilmington region. TreeFest aims to offer the local community a way to help rebuild the tree canopy.

Trees and Indian Grass offered at the event are grown in Goldsboro at the North Carolina Forest Service Nursery. Species offered for free at the event, with a $5 donation encouraged, include:

  • bald cypress
  • black walnut
  • red maple
  • silky dogwood
  • sweetgum
  • crape myrtle
  • cherry bark oak
  • chestnut oak
  • live oak
  • white oak
  • longleaf pine

The two-day event will take place Friday, Jan. 17, and Saturday, Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Independence Mall inside the JC Penny corridor.


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