Orange Beach Arbor Day tree giveaway and launch of ‘Re-Tree OB’ initiative set

February 18, 2021
Flyer for Orange Beach Arbor Day tree giveaway and launch of ‘Re-Tree OB’ initiative

The City of Orange Beach will observe Arbor Day with a tree giveaway on Saturday, February 27th, and an extra tree giveaway day on Saturday, March 13th. This year’s Arbor Day will also serve as the launch of “Re-Tree OB,” a new grassroots effort aimed at replanting trees lost during Hurricane Sally.

On both Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., trees will be given away in one-, three- and seven-gallon pots - for Orange Beach residents only - in front of the Orange Beach Community Development building at 4101 Orange Beach Blvd. Volunteers will be on hand to explain the “Re-Tree OB” tree-planting effort and will be selling shirts as a fundraiser.

The potted trees that will be given away will consist of a variety of hardwoods for citizens to plant in their yards. There will be a limited quantity per resident. 

The seven-gallon trees will include:

  • Blue Ice (evergreen)
  • Drake Elm
  • Nutall Oak
  • Live Oak
  • Bald Cypress
  • Natchez Crepe Myrtle
  • Oakland Crepe Myrtle
  • East Palatka Crepe Myrtle

Three-gallon trees:

  • Carolina Sapphire (evergreen)
  • East Palatka Crepe Myrtle
  • Blue Cone
  • Willow Oak 
  • Nutall Oak

One-gallon trees:

  • Natchez Crepe Myrtle
  • Muskogee Crepe Myrtle

For the city’s part, it continues to meet the standards to be a Tree City USA community: it has a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. Communities that earn Tree City USA recognition not only have taken the time to meet strict standards, they know that trees improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits. The Mayor and City Council have proclaimed that February 27, 2021 is Arbor Day in Orange Beach. 

For more information on the tree giveaway, contact Orange Beach Environmental Specialist Woody Speed at 251-981-1062 or wspeed@orangebeachal.gov.