Tampa mayor Jane Castor giving away 1,000 trees for Earth Day

An arrangement of trees for sale in a gravel lot.

The City of Tampa will be providing one thousand free trees to the community during Mayor Jane’s Tree Giveaway. Residents will be able to choose from 3 types of trees on-site based on availability. To be eligible for a free tree you must live within City of Tampa limits, have a yard where you can plant the tree, and be able to safely transport a 5-8FT tree in your vehicle REGISTER online.

Residents can select from:

  1. Red Maple – Mature spread: 25 to 35 feet – Mature height: 60 to 75 feet 
  2. Bald Cypress – Mature spread: 25 to 35 feet – Mature height: 60 to 80 feet 
  3. Winged Elm – Mature spread: 30 to 40 feet – Mature height: 45 to 70 feet 

Residents should call 811 before you dig to ensure you are planting your tree safely and effectively. Get started here. Trees need to be planted 10 feet from underground utilities such as water and sewer and should not be planted within 30 feet from above-ground electrical lines. 

Tampa officials also have a few tips for those planting a tree for the first time in their yard. Don’t forget EcoFest also returns to Tampa this Saturday.

The 13th Annual EcoFest will be held on Saturday, April 23 at the grounds at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), 4801 East Fowler Ave. The event will be open to the public from 10am. until 3pm. Ecofest is free and open to the public. There will be live music, workshops, demonstrations, informational booths, green living products and services. This event is totally family-friendly.

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