Each fall, Keep Denton Beautiful looks forward to our signature autumn event – the Community Tree Giveaway. This event truly makes us feel like Oprah! You get a tree, and you get a tree, and you get a tree! Now in our twenty-second year, it takes only a few hours for each tree to be reserved. All of the species available are native or adapted and have been selected for Denton’s soil and climate. This year, residents will have their choice of a large shade tree or a smaller tree to provide an under canopy. Check out photos and a couple fast facts for each species below. For a more in-depth look at each tree, view our 2020 Tree Species Guide.
Registration for the 600 available trees opens to the public on Thursday, Oct. 1 at 10 a.m. on the KDB website.
Once you have found your favorite species, check out this quick guide we have created to ensure that tree is just what you are looking for and perfect for your yard. We look forward to sharing these trees for planting just in time for Texas Arbor Day!
Autumn Blaze Maple (Acer freemanii ‘Jeffsred’)
This tree is a hybrid of silver and red maples making it adaptable to climate and soil types. The Autumn Blaze Maple provides beautiful color all year with bright green foliage in the spring turning into a vibrant red in fall. If heartiness and bold color is not enough, this maple does not drop seed pods!
Drummond Red Maple (Acer rubrum var. drummondii)
The Drummond Red Maple has large leaves with fine, short hairs underneath. True to its name the red maple offers beautiful fall foliage. In nature, this maple is found in low, moist areas.
Dura Heat River Birch (Betula nigra ‘BNMTF’ dura-heat)
As its name indicates, the Dura Heat River Birch is tolerant to summer heat. This multi-trunk birch is also insect and disease resistant. We love this species’s beautiful white bark!
Mexican Sycamore (Platanus mexicana)
Although it is slightly smaller than the American Sycamore, the Mexican Sycamore is also a large shade tree. When considering a species for your yard, remember that similar to the tree’s large canopy, its root system should also have plenty of room for growth away from structures.
Nellie R. Stevens Holly (Ilex x ‘Nellie R. Stevens’)
The Nellie R. Stevens Holly has beautiful dark green foliage all year long. This hybrid is a great fit for Denton as it is drought tolerant and adaptable to a variety of soil types.
Southern Wax Myrtle (Myrica cerifera)
The Southern Wax Myrtle is a small tree with aromatic berries that have been used for candle making and fragrance. The flowers of male and female trees have a similar size and shape, but the flowers on a male myrtle are yellow and on a female tree are reddish in color.
Shumard Oak (Quercus shumardii)
With a wide, symmetrical crown, the Shumard Oak makes an excellent shade tree! This red oak produces acorns that grow up to 1.25” long and 1” in diameter.
White Oak (Quercus alba)
The White Oak features a short trunk with a widespread canopy. The tree’s deciduous leaves offer gorgeous color from dark green in the summer to orange-red in the fall. The White Oak prefers moist, well-drained soil.