Thursday, October 01, 2009

Low Priced Trees at the Alexandria Tree Sale This Saturday

This event is great if you're looking to plant some trees at your house or in a public space. The trees available without pre-order range from $18 to $35.

Here's the city's press release. A list of trees that should be available are following the press release.

City of Alexandria Urban Forestry Steering Committee to Hold 5th Annual Fall Tree Sale Saturday, October 3
"Great Trees, Great Prices, and Great for Alexandria"

The City’s Alexandria’s Urban Forestry Steering Committee (UFSC) and the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities will hold a City fall tree sale on Saturday, October 3, from 8 a.m. to 1 pm at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2911 Cameron Mills Rd. The goal of the sale is to promote the preservation of the Alexandria’s tree canopy by encouraging the planting of trees on private property throughout the City. Alexandria Tree Stewards and Master Gardeners will be on site to answer questions about tree selection, planting and care.

For additional information, call Jerry Dieruf, Arborist, at 703.746.5498 or e-mail jerry.dieruf@alexandriava.gov.

The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the City’s Human Rights Code and the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request a reasonable accommodation or to request materials in an alternative format, call Jerry Dieruf, Arborist, at 703.746.5498, (TTY 703.838.4902) or e-mail jerry.dieruf@alexandriava.gov.

Here's the list from a previous message that came out about the sale:

Trees Available at the Sale

At Arbor Day, North Ridge will sell a wide variety of trees, including the following (max growth heights indicated):

Shade trees

  • Pin Oak (3 gallon, $18; 7 gallon $30) – Rapid growing, sturdy oak. Red/burnished brown leaves in the fall. 80 feet.
  • Red Maples (3 gallon, $28) – Red buds in the spring, red leaves in the fall. 75-80 feet.
  • Honey Locust (5 gallon, $30) – Pinnate leaves, white flower clusters in May. 75 feet.
  • Green Giant Arborvitae (3 gallon, $18) – A good upright evergreen screening shrub. Grows 5 -6 feet wide and 50 feet tall.

Ornamental trees

  • Pink Multi Stem Crape Myrtles (3 gallon, $25) - Smooth, grey-brown bark; clusters of crinkly pink flowers. Good fall color. 15 feet.
  • Red Bud (7 gallon, $35) - Red/purple blossoms in early spring. Does well in shade. 25 feet.
  • Forest Pansy Red Bud (Red Leaf) (7 gallon, $35).
  • Kwanzan Cherry (7 gallon, $35). 15 feet.
  • Yoshino Cherry (7 gallon, $35). 15 feet

Pre-Order Specials

These trees must be pre-ordered in advance of the sale and must be picked up between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. on October 3, unless otherwise arranged, or they will be made available for general purchase. To place an order, please call or mail Jerry Dieruf in the office of the City Arborist. Jerry’s phone number is 703-838-4999; his e-mail is Jerry.Dieruf@alexandriava.gov.

  • Red Maple (10 gallon, $40)
  • Red Oak (5 gallon) – A North Ridge classic. Scarlet leaves in the fall. 75-80 feet.
  • Willow Oak (5 gallon) The stately tree that lines the roads in Fairlington. 80-100 feet.
  • Green Giant Arborvitae (15 gallon, $60)
  • River Birch (10 gallon, $40) – Only native birch at low elevation in southern U.S. 75-80 feet.
  • Hawthorne (10 gallon, $40) – Bright red flowers with red centers. Likes sun. 18-25 feet.
  • Hackberry (10 gallon, $40) – Ovate leaves, dark-red to purple fruit. 30-40 feet.
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