Dogwood and willow oak trees are available free to Union County residents.
Two hundred ready-to-plant trees are available on a first-come, first-served basis under a partnership of the Board of Freeholders, New Jersey Tree Foundation, the New York/New Jersey Super Bowl XLVIII Host Committee and the U.S. Forest Service.
“This generous offer of free trees is a wonderful compliment to Union County’s longstanding efforts to keep our neighborhoods green, healthy and pleasant,” freeholder Chairwoman Linda Carter said in a release.
“Our thanks go out to the Tree Foundation, the Host Committee and the Forest Service for recognizing the importance of trees in our urban and suburban communities.”
Flowering dogwood is a medium-sized, widespread tree with cream-colored flowers. It grows up to 30 feet high. Willow oak is a large shade tree that can reach 80 feet.
The young trees are 2 to 3 feet tall and will be distributed in 3-gallon containers.
Reserve a tree online by visiting the Tree Foundation at surveymonkey.com/s/ZRPJLD9. The Tree Foundation will send a confirming email to the first 200 Union County residents who complete the online form, along with instructions on picking up the trees.
The reservation deadline is Oct. 10 or until all the trees are reserved. The pickup date is Oct. 12 at Rahway River Park.