Help ReLeaf Fairfax County!

Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 711, FAX 703-324-2010

April 7, 2006

Help ReLeaf Fairfax County!

With a goal of planting 2006 trees in 2006, free trees will be offered to county residents to plant on public or common community property in Fairfax County. Trees, guards, stakes and tips on tree planting will be provided free of charge through a partnership with the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District , Fairfax ReLeaf, the Fairfax County Tree Commission and other donating organizations.

The trees will be available after April 21 through the end of May, and then again in late September for a fall planting. To order trees, contact Fairfax Releaf at 703-324-1409, TTY 711 or Residents interested in planting trees must provide the number and types of trees needed and when and where they will be planted. Trees will be delivered to each Fairfax County Board of Supervisors office on April 21 and April 28. When an order is placed, information about picking up the trees will be provided. Because the trees will arrive with bare roots, they will need to be kept in a dark, cool place with their roots moist until planted.

Be sure to choose trees that will thrive in the area where they will be planted. The following species of trees will be available:

Crab Apple: A short, shrubby tree that bears small fruit readily eaten by a variety of wildlife.

Green Ash: Reaches heights up to 50 feet mainly used for timber production. The species does well close to streams, and the foliage is not a favorite of the gypsy moth.

Common Buttonbush: A deciduous shrub or small tree that reaches 15 to 20 feet in height. Excellent tree to plant in a wet area. The seeds are eaten by many species of birds.

Hackberry: Excellent tree that grows best along rivers and streams. Their small purple fruit matures in autumn and is valued by many species of birds.

Hazelnut: A medium size shrub that produces excellent nuts, which are prized by deer, turkey and other wildlife.

Red Maple: Reaches heights up to 90 feet A good species for wet areas and grows in a variety of soils.

American Plum: Best grown on rich, moist bottomland soils, this shrub or small tree reaches 30 to 35 feet in height. Often spreads by shoots to form a thicket and produces bright red plums that provide excellent food for wildlife.

Trees can be planted on common areas at schools, religious institutions, neighborhoods, parks, stormwater areas and on Virginia Department of Transportation right of ways. Most areas require permission to plant trees and Fairfax ReLeaf will assist residents in obtaining the appropriate authorization.

For more information, contact Fairfax ReLeaf at 703-324-1409, TTY 711 or

Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. To request this information in an alternate format, call the Office of Public Affairs at 703-324-3187, TTY 711.

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