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Posted on: March 20, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Westmont Celebrates Arbor Day With Annual Tree Seedling Giveaway

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To celebrate Arbor Day, the Westmont Environmental Improvement Commission (EIC) is coordinating its annual tree seedling giveaway.  On Arbor Day, Friday, April 28, Village Forester Jon Yeater and EIC volunteers will be at the Westmont Library to hand out tree seedlings to Westmont residents.

"The recent loss of so many trees in town has also resulted in the loss of their associated benefits community wide,” said Yeater, who is the Village Liaison to the EIC.  “These lost benefits include regional cooling, filtering air and  oxygen production, stormwater runoff reduction and filtering, increased property values and much more.  The tree seedling giveaway promotes replanting with locally acclimated, long-lived, diverse trees species to increase the health and vitality of our urban forest in the future.  Since the start of this program in 2012, the Village has given out almost 2000 tree seedlings!"

The following tree species will be available for the 2017 seedling giveaway:

NORWAY SPRUCE (Picea abies)

Size - 40-60’ high by 25-30’ wide

Growth Rate - Fast

Fall Color - Evergreen

Habit - Pyramidal

Maintenance Requirement - Low

Other - Good replacement for declining evergreens

REDBUD (Cercis canadensis)

Size - 20-30’ high by 15-25’ wide   

Growth Rate - Fast    

Fall Color - Yellow

Habit - Rounded       

Maintenance Requirement - Low     

Other - Typically pink spring flowers, sometimes white

SHUMARD OAK (Quercus shumardii)

Size - 40-60’ high by 40-60’ wide    

Growth Rate - Slow    

Fall Color - Russet Red

Habit - Pyramidal       

Maintenance Requirement - Medium     

Other - Drought tolerant

SUGAR MAPLE (Acer saccharum)

Size- 50-75’ high by 40-60’ wide    

Growth Rate -  Medium    

Fall Color - Brilliant yellow, and burnt orange with red tones

Habit - Rounded      

Maintenance Requirement - Medium     

Other - Good large shade tree

To sign up copy and paste (or click link below):


Also, on April 29, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., there will be a reception at the library for Arbor Day Art & Essay  Contest Winners. See the Village Website for details on how to submit your

For more information on the Westmont Environmental Improvement Commission (EIC), please visit


Contact: Larry McIntyre

Village of Westmont Communications Director


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