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Posted on: February 16, 2023

Arbor Day Annual Free Tree Seedling Giveaway

Westmont, Illinois - Date Issued: February 16, 2023

Tree Seedling Giveaway (1)

To celebrate Arbor Day, the Village of Westmont Environmental Improvement Committee (EIC) is coordinating its annual tree seedling giveaway.  Residents will be able to sign up online to request the specific seedlings they would like to receive.  The Village has a limited amount of seedlings ordered, so individual species will be available on a first come first served basis, while supplies last.  Residents are expected to pick up their order on Arbor Day, Friday, April 28 at the Westmont Library, 428 N. Cass Avenue, between 1 and 5 p.m.

"We have been offering this program for many years and we want to thank staff and volunteers for their help in making sure that our community continues to support Arbor Day and our local tree population,” said Environmental Improvement Committee Chair Bruce Barker. “We will be offering a wide variety of trees again this year, focussing on improving our evergreen population.”

Residents can sign up online and choose the seedlings they would like to receive now through Friday, April 21.  All participants must be a resident of Westmont.  Residents will be allowed to order up to three seedlings per Westmont address.  There is a limited number of seedlings available and priority will be determined on a first-come first-served basis.


Following is a list of the tree species that will be offered in 2023: 

Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii)
Size - 40-60’ high by 15-20’ wide
Growth Rate - medium      
Fall Color - evergreen
Habit - loosely pyramidal
Maintenance Requirement - low   
Other - Stately evergreen for larger landscapes

Northern White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis)
Size - 30-40’ high by 10-15’ wide     
Growth Rate - medium    
Fall Color - evergreen
Habit - pyramidal to round     
Maintenance Requirement - low     
Other - Native species great for screens in medium landscapes

Norway Spruce (Picea abies)
Size - 50-70’ high by 20-25’ wide     
Growth Rate - medium-fast
Fall Color - evergreen
Habit - pyramidal   
Maintenance Requirement - low   
Other - Great for windbreaks and screens in larger landscapes

Black Hills Spruce (Picea glauca var. densata)
Size - 20-40’ high by 10’-15’ wide     
Growth Rate - moderate 
Fall Color - evergreen
Habit - pyramidal    
Maintenance Requirement - low  
Other - A smaller evergreen variety, great for nesting songbirds

Concolor Fir (Abies concolor)
Size - 30-50’ high by 15-20’ wide     
Growth Rate - slow 
Fall Color - evergreen
Habit - pyramidal    
Maintenance Requirement - low  
Other - Beautiful blue-green needles similar to blue spruce

White Pine (Pinus strobus)
Size - 50-80’ high by 20-40’ wide     
Growth Rate - medium-fast    
Fall Color- evergreen
Habit - pyramidal     
Maintenance Requirement - low     
Other - Picturesque native pine species with fine feathery needles for larger landscapes

White Oak (Quercus alba)
Size - 50-80’ high by 50-80’ wide     
Growth Rate - medium 
Fall Color - Russet red or purple
Habit - rounded    
Maintenance Requirement - low  
Other - Picturesque native oak, Illinois State Tree

Red Oak (Quercus rubra)
Size - 60-75’ high by 60-75’ wide     
Growth Rate - medium-fast 
Fall Color - Bright red 
Habit - rounded    
Maintenance Requirement - medium  
Other - Fast-growing, native oak species

Photos of each species have been posted on the village website for review.

For more information regarding this program, please contact Village Forester Jon Yeater at 


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