Arbor Day Foundation offers free flowering trees

Residents of Michigan who join the Arbor Day Foundation in January 2010 will receive 10 free flowering trees just by becoming a member.

The free trees are part of the nonprofit foundation’s Trees for America campaign.

For those who join the foundation in January, they will receive two white flowering dogwoods, two flowering crabapples, two Washington hawthorns, two American redbuds, and two golden rain trees.

“These compact trees are perfect for large or small spaces,” said John Rosenow, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “They will give your home in Michigan the beauty of lovely pink, white, and yellow flowers, and also provide winter berries and nesting sites for songbirds.”

The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting between February 1 and May 31 with enclosed planting instructions. The 6- to 12-inch-tall trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge.

Members also receive a subscription to the foundation’s bimonthly publication, Arbor Day, and The Tree Book, which includes information about tree planting and care.

To become a member of the foundation and to receive the free trees, send a $10 contribution to Ten Free Flowering Trees, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410, by January 29, 2010. Michigan residents can also join online at

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