Native Tree Giveway – Sept 16

Long Reach Community Association and Long Reach CARES, in partnership with Live Green Howard, is giving away 50 native trees to residents of Long Reach!

Registration is required and this event is open to Long Reach Residents ONLY. Register at

Pick-up will be at 6110 Foreland Garth between 2pm and 5pm on Friday, September 16, 2022. ID required for proof of residency.

Below are the species available:

Black Gum (Nyssa sylvatica)– grows to a height of 30-75′ with a width of 20-50′. Lesser known but lovely, prefers partial shade to full sun and can tolerate dry, moist, or seasonally wet soils. Has a greenish flower in the spring, with a black fleshy fruit and stunning red fall foliage. The Black gum is a versatile species with high wildlife value.

Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida)– grows to a height of 20-50′ with a spread of 20-50′. Prefers partial shade but is often seen growing in full sunlight as well. Prefers dry to moist soils. Grows well in open forests and along forest edges. White spring flowers with a red to orange berry and scarlet foliage in the fall. The Dogwood has high wildlife value, with fall migrant birds relying on its berries. 

Redbud (Cercis canadensis)- grows to a height of 20-35’ with a spread of 20-35’. Prefers partial sunlight to full shade but is often seen growing in full sun as well. Prefers well drained to moist soils. Tolerates a variety of locations but grows well as an understory species and along streambanks. Pink to purple spring flowers with a seedpod in the fall and golden yellow foliage. The Redbud is a nitrogen fixing species.

Hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana)- grows to a height of 13-40’ with a spread of 35-50’. Prefers full to partial shade and moist soils. A great understory or woods edge tree that loves to be planted along streams and bottom lands. Thrives is deciduous forests and provides interest with its sinewy trunk (also nicknamed musclewood). Has reddish greenish flowers on catkins the spring and a small nut/seed in the fall along with orangish red fall foliage. 72 species of butterflies and moths utilize the hornbeam as a larval food source.

Common Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana)- grows to a height of 50-75’ with a spread of 35-50’. Prefers full to partial sunlight and dry to moist soils. Will grow in a variety of conditions including woodland and open fields, as long as there is no standing water and some sunlight. Persimmon will produce edible fruits when given enough sunlight and have a high wildlife value. In the spring they have a yellowish flower and provide berries in the fall.