SOLD OUT The Petrolia Resident Tree Program Will Return October 20

Posted: September 30, 2020

Each year, the Town of Petrolia Community Services department hosts a tree giveaway program where residents may request one tree (while supplies last) that they can plant on their property at no charge to the homeowner.

The trees are traditionally native trees, trees that provide a large canopy for shade, and trees that show off their bright colours in the autumn.

“This program is extremely popular, and that’s a very good thing.” Said Director of Community Services and Facilities, Dave Menzies. “It’s nice to see so many residents wanting to plant trees.”

Residents are limited to one tree per Petrolia address. Only residents of Petrolia may participate in this program. Trees are available on a first come, first-served basis.

This year there are eight varieties available:

Autumn Blaze Maple – Fire-red Fall colour, virtually keyless, up to 50 feet tall.
Ivory Silk Lilac – White flowers from Spring to early Summer, then dark green foliage throughout the season. Grows to approximately 20 feet with a 14-foot spread.
Sugar Maple – The sugar maple is a large tree that can grow up to 35 metres tall and can live for more than 200 years. Its yellowish-green leaves are 8 to 20 centimeters long and have five lobes.
Hackberry – Very tolerant, grows 40-70 feet with a 50-foot spread. Leaves are spearhead-shaped, produces small dark red berries that are great for birds.
Flowering Crab – Beautiful decorative tree with flowers in the Spring and small apples in the Fall. Great garden feature and food for wildlife.
Red Sunset Maple (Rubrum) – Red Sunset is a red maple cultivar with superior fall color and good branch structure.
Tulip Tree – The tulip tree is a large, fast-growing tree, up to 35 metres tall with a trunk up to 160 centimeters in diameter.
Celebration Maple – Fall Colour – Orange, Yellow and Red on the same tree.

For 2020, residents are advised that tree certificates will be available by telephone only on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 starting at 8:30 a.m. while supplies last. Residents are asked to call (519)882-2350.

Walk-in requests are not available this year to help with physical distancing.

Tree certificates will be available for pick up on Wednesday, October 21 through Friday, October 23, 2020 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Municipal Office. When collecting the tree certificate residents are reminded that they must wear a mask and adhere to physical distancing requirements.

Trees are available for pick up with the certificate on Friday, October 23, 2020 from Windover Nurseries.