Free Tree Giveaway

The 2022 Free Tree Giveaway is now closed.

Free Trees for Brantford Residents!

To celebrate Earth Day, the City of Brantford is thrilled to once again give away free trees to Brantford residents!

Trees offer us so many benefits. Did you know that they provide shade from the hot sun? Trees also store rain to reduce flooding, provide shelter and food to birds, insects, and animals, clean the air we breathe and store carbon dioxide to reduce the impacts of climate change. The more trees and vegetation in your neighbourhood not only improves property values but is also great for your mental health and well-being.

One of the six priority actions identified in the City of Brantford’s Corporate Climate Change Action Plan is to expand the Tree Canopy in the city. That’s why we’re excited to give away 500 free trees to residents.

Free Tree Giveaway Registration Details

Register for one of the eight tree choices below to reserve your free tree (approximately 18”-24” high). The tree must be planted in your own yard. Trees can vary in their full-grown height dependent on their growing conditions. Please review the tree details outlined below and select one that will suit your yard. Note that only 500 trees in total are available on a first come, first serve basis. A limited number of each tree is available as outlined below.

Criteria For Registration

  • You must be a resident of Brantford.
  • The tree must be planted on a Brantford residential property.
  • Permission from the property owner must be obtained before planting the tree.
  • Limit one tree per household.

Tree Species 

1. Eastern white pine (Pinus strobus)

  • Large Evergreen tree native to Ontario. Ontario’s provincial tree. Called ‘Tree of Peace’ by local Haudenosaunee people.
  • Feature silky smooth long needles which give a fuzzy appearance from a distance.
  • Grow up to 50-80 ft. (13-24m) tall and 20-40 ft. (6-12m) wide. Dense pyramidal shape. A beautiful specimen tree.
  • Plant in partial shade to full sun. Prefer a minimum of four hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.
  • Prefer well drained soils, and don’t do well in wet soil. Intolerant of air pollution, road salt and soil compaction.
  • One hundred (100) two gallon pots available.

 Eastern white pine (Pinus strobus)

2. Sugar maple (Acer saccharum)

  • The national tree of Canada. The leaf found on the Canadian flag.
  • Sugar maple gets its name from the sweet sap. Excellent producer of maple syrup and sugar.
  • In spring, insignificant flowers appear just before the leaves. Fruit (samaras in pairs) ripen early fall.
  • Yellowish-green leaves turn yellow to orange-red color in fall.
  • Grow up to 40-80 ft. (12-24m) tall and 30-60 ft. (9-18m) wide. Grow in a round or oval shape with a dense crown.
  • Can tolerate shade but grow better in full sun. Intolerant of air pollution, road salt and soil compaction.
  • Do best in deep, rich and well-drained soil. Prefer to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out.
  • Sixty (60) two gallon pots available.

Sugar maple (Acer saccharum)

3. Red maple (Acer rubrum)

  • Feature something red in each of the seasons – flowers in spring, samaras in summer, brilliant foliage in autumn, and buds in winter.
  • Fast growing and adapt well to any setting (best in moist soil). Somewhat tolerant of urban pollution.
  • Full sun is ideal, meaning it should get at least six hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.
  • Grow up to 40-70 ft. (12-21m) tall and 30-50 ft. (10-15m) wide.
  • Plant at least 7 meters away from structures due to shallow spreading root system.
  • Sixty (60) two gallon pots available.

Red maple (Acer rubrum)

4. Red oak (Quercus rubra)

  • Fast growing, tough, extremely adaptable long-lived tree adorned with an open, rounded to broad-spreading crown.
  • Inconspicuous yellow-green catkins in spring. Dark green foliage turns a red, scarlet, and rust in fall.
  • Grow up to 50-70 ft. (15-21m) tall and wide.
  • Full sun is ideal, meaning it should get at least six hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.
  • Adaptable to any soils, but prefer fertile, dry to medium moisture, and well-drained soils.
  • Somewhat tolerant of urban pollution and soil compaction.
  • Sixty (60) two gallon pots available.

Red oak (Quercus rubra)

5. Tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera)

  • Feature uniquely shaped leaves and large yellow tulip-shaped flowers.
  • Leaves turn an outstanding gold in fall and flowers are followed by cone-like fruit that provide winter interest.
  • Grow up to 60-80 ft. (18-24m) tall and 30-40 ft. (9-12m) wide.
  • Full sun is ideal, meaning it should get at least six hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.
  • Grow well in soils that are moderately moist, well drained, and loose textured. Rarely do well in very wet or very dry sites.
  • Low maintenance, and not subject to serious insect or disease issues. Dear and rabbit resistant.
  • Sixty (60) two gallon pots available.

Tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera)

6. Downy serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea)

  • Small tree of rounded habit boasting a profusion of showy white flowers in spring.
  • Flowers are followed by small, round, tasty, dark purplish-black berries in early summer.
  • Downy’ refers to the silvery-hairy young leaves. Leaves turn yellow, orange, apricot or dusty red in fall.
  • Grow up to 15-25 ft. (4-8m) tall and wide.
  • Full sun to partial shade lover. Tolerant of a somewhat wide range of soils, but easily grown in moist to dry, well-drained soils.
  • Low maintenance. Generally pest and disease free.
  • Sixty five (65) two gallon pots available.

Downy serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea)

7. Flowering dogwood (Cornus florida)

  • A lovely, small, flowering tree with short trunk and crown of spreading or nearly horizontal branches.
  • Feature showy clusters of white flowers in spring and orange-red fruit in summer which may persist till late in the year.
  • Forest green foliage, which emerges burgundy in spring, turns an outstanding brick red in fall.
  • Grow up to 15-30 ft. (4-9m) tall and wide.
  • Best in partial shade, but if planted in full sun, MUST receive adequate water.
  • Require evenly moist well-drained soil for the optimal growth. Rarely do well in standing water.
  • Intolerant of urban pollution. Generally pest free. Deer resistant.
  • Sixty five (65) two gallon pots available.

 Flowering dogwood (Cornus florida)

8. Eastern redbud (Cercis Canadensis)

  • Masses of pea-like rosy-pink flowers in spring followed by bean-like, brown seedpods in summer which may persist into winter.
  • Emerging bright green tinged red, the rounded, hear-shaped leaves mature to dark blue-green in summer and pale yellow in fall.
  • Grow up to 20-30 ft. (6-9m) tall and 25-35 ft. (7-10m) wide.
  • Grow better on moist, well-drained sites in full sun to part shade (minimum four hours of sunlight per day).
  • Highly tolerant of urban pollution. Generally pest free. Deer tolerant.
  • Thirty (30) two gallon pots available.

Eastern redbud (Cercis Canadensis)

Tree Pick-up Details

Trees will be available for pick-up only at 1 Sherwood Drive, City of Brantford Parks Office on Saturday, May 14, 2022 between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and Monday, May 16, 2022 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

If you have mobility restrictions, please contact us at 519-759-4150 ext. 5766 or forestry@brantford.ca to make arrangements.

Planting and caring for your tree

Registrant will be responsible for planting and caring for their treetrees will not be planted by City staff.

Trees must be planted on a residential property in Brantford. It is recommended that trees be planted in front yards if there is enough room to do so to increase shade coverage on sidewalks. Please ensure that the area you plant the tree has enough room for it grow to its full size.

Share your tree photos

Please share pictures of your new tree and pictures of you planting it by tagging the City of Brantford on social media and using the hashtags #BrantfordClimateAction #FreeTrees. Let’s get excited about trees, Brantford!

Follow-up

In order to improve this program for future years and understand the success rate of the tree planting program, a follow-up email will be sent around September to all participants with a questionnaire about your tree’s status and health. By registering for a free tree, you agree to receiving this follow-up email and provide the requested feedback.