Green Columbus will once again be donating FREE native trees for Earth Day 2022 – minimum order of 50 bare root seedlings

Walmart on Morse Road closing until Friday morning
January 5, 2022
CANCELED: Feb 4 Friday Food Truck
February 3, 2022
Please see the below details for free tress (bare root seedlings) from the Green Columbus organization.
Plan to plant the trees in April.
David Roseman
VP, Friends of Alum Creek & Tributaries (FACT)

From: julie smiley <>
Sent: Monday, January 3, 2022 1:10 PM
Subject: FREE Trees Earth Day 2022

Hello Everyone,
Green Columbus will once again be donating FREE native trees for Earth Day 2022! The main Earth Day worksite weekend will be April 9th & 10th.
As usual, all the trees listed below are native to the Ohio region.
Please be aware these are seedling trees (6″-24″) tall. The trees are shipped in quantities of 50 and therefore each species of tree should be ordered in groups of 50. Due to Covid-19 logistics, I can not accept orders in quantities less than 50. If you need quantities less than 50 you can purchase them from Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District at their annual tree sale Here
It’s important to note, the FREE Earth Day trees will be ordered according to availability and cost. Availability changes daily at the nursery so there is no guarantee you will get the type or quantity of tree you are requesting.
If you are interested in ordering free trees please email me your tree selection, and contact information by the Deadline: Friday, February 4, 2022.
Also, once worksite registration is open please remember to register our Earth Day tree planting site on the Green Columbus website
Please provide me with the following information when ordering trees:
  • Earth Day Contact Person
  • Tree Order Contact Person
  • Cell Phone Number (on the day of pick up in case I need to reach you)
  • Email Address
  • Tree Planting Location and Address (if possible)
  • Types of Trees Requested
  • Quantity of Each Type of Tree
Below is the native tree list for this year. The list ranks the trees according to their benefits to birds and mammals. Unfortunately, the list does not rank trees in order of importance to insects, which as you know are equally important since they are the food source for many birds and mammals.
-Trees highlighted in Yellow are host to Butterflies, Moths and Skippers.
– Trees marked with double asterisks (**) provide special value to Honey Bees, Native Bees & Bumble Bees.
50+ Wildlife Users
**Acer rubrum- Red Maple – Host to Rosy Maple & Cercopia Moth, Honey & Native Bees
Acer saccarinum – Silver Maple – Host to Cecropia Silkmoth
**Acer saccharum- Sugar Maple – Special value to Honey Bees
Betula nigra – River Birch
Celtis Occidentalis – Hackberry
Cornus amomum – Silky Dogwood
Cornus drummondii – Rough Leafed Dogwood
**Cornus florida – Flowering Dogwood – Host to Spring Azure, Special value to Native Bees
Cornus foemina (racemosa) – Gray Dogwood – Host to Summer AzureCo
Cornus stolonifera (sericea)- Red Twig Dogwood – Host to Spring Azure
Lindera benzoin – Spicebush – Host to Eastern Tiger & Spicebush Swallowtails, Promethea Silkmoth
Populus deltoides- Cottonwood – Host to Mourning Cloak, Red-spotted Purple, Viceroy & Tiger Swallowtail butterflies
**Prunus serotina – Black Cherry- Host to over 400 Moths & Butterflies
Quercus alba – White Oak – Host to Edwards Hairstreak
Quercus bicolor – Swamp White Oak – Host to Red-banded Hairstreak
Quercus Coccinea- Scarlet Oak – Host to hundreds of moths and butterflies
Quercus macrocarpa- Bur Oak – Host to Edwards Hairstreak & Horace’s Duskywing Butterfly
Quercus palustris- Pin Oak- Host to hundreds of moths and butterflies
Quercus rubra- Red Oak- Host to hundreds of moths and butterflies
Quercus shumardii- Shumard Oak – Host to hundreds of moths and butterflies
Quercus velutina – Black/yellow Oak – Host to hundreds of moths and butterflies
**Rhus aromatica- Fragrant Sumac – Host to RedBanded & Banded Hairstreak, Special value  Native & Honey Bees
**Sambucus canadensis- Elderberry – Special value to Native Bees
25-49 Wildlife Users
**Amelanchier arborea – Common Serviceberry
**Diospyros virginiana- Common Persimmon- Host to Luna Moth, Special value to Honey Bees
Fagus grandifolia – American Beech
Morus rubra – Red Mulberry
**Rhus copallina – Flameleaf / Winged Sumac
**Rhus glabra- Smooth Sumac
**Rhus typhina- Staghorn Sumac
**Viburnum dentatum- Arrowwood Viburnum
15-24 Wildlife Users
Aronia melanocarpa – Black Chokeberry
Carya illinoinensis – Pecan – Host to Gray Hairstreak Butterfly, Cecropis Moth
Carya laciniosa – Shellbark Hickory
Carya ovata – Shagbark Hickory
Chionanthus virginicus- Fringe Tree – Host to Rustic sphinx
Corylus Americana – Hazelnut
**Crataegus phaenopyrum – Washington Hawthorn (Warning: long thorns)
**Nyssa sylvatica- Black Gum – Special Value to Honey Bees
5-14 Wildlife Users
**Cephalanthus occidentalis- Buttonbush- Host Titan & Hydrangea Moth, Value to Native, Honey & Bumble Bees

Hamamelis virginiana – Witch Hazel

Juglans nigra- Black Walnut – Host Luna & Regal Moth
**Liriodendron tulipifera – Tulip Tree: Host to Eastern Tiger & Tuliptree Silkmoth, Special value to Honey Bees
Liquidambar styraciflua – American Sweetgum
**Physocarpus opulifolius – Common Ninebark – Special Value to native & Honey Bees
Less than 5 Wildlife Users
Aesculus glabra- Ohio Buckeye
**Calycanthus floridus – Sweetshrub / Carolina Allspice – Special value to native bees, butterflies
**Cercis canadensis- Eastern Redbud- Special value to Native & Bumble Bees
Gymnocladus dioicus- Kentucky Coffee tree –  Host to Bicolored Honey Locust Moth
Platanus occidentalis- Sycamore
**Prunus americana – Wild Plum or American Plum- Special value to Native, Honey & Bumble Bees
Taxodium distichum- Bald Cypress – Host to Bald Cypress Sphinx
If there are groups who have never ordered trees from Green Columbus please make sure to give me a call before ordering so we can discuss your planting and I can fill you in on how the process works. I can be reached via phone at 614-562-2663 or email at
Of course for those of you who have ordered trees in the past, as always, please feel free to contact me with any questions. I can be reached via phone at 614-562-2663 and email
Thank you for caring,
Julie Smiley
Green Columbus

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