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Free trees for all
The City of Sydney is giving away free trees to local residents and ratepayers in a bid to make the area a leafier, greener, healthier and more colourful place in which to live.
You can pick up your free trees from Sydney Park, St Peters on Saturday 29 March between 10am and 2pm.
You can sign up for a small or medium tree and choose between native, exotic, deciduous and evergreen species.
Each household within the council area is entitled to two trees but strata properties, schools, communities and public housing developments are entitled to five trees.
There are some gorgeous varieties including Japanese Maples, Bloodgood (a small deciduous tree with highly ornamental red-purple Autumn foliage), Lilly Pilly (with its fragrant white flowers and edible fruits), Smooth Barked Apple Rugged (pink to pale grey, sometimes rusty-stained bark), Rough Barked Apple (white flowers in summer), Grey Myrtle (native evergreen rainforest tree species with cream/white flowers), Banksia Integrifolia (quick-growing evergreen tree with yellow bottle brush-like flowers in early Spring --attract birds), Dawson River Weeper (drought tolerant and known for its bright red bottle brush-like flowers during late Spring attract birds), NSW Christmas Tree (masses of white flowers during early spring), Yellow Bloodwood (drought tolerant large native evergreen tree), Blueberry Ash (small native, evergreen tree with pinkish flowers and blue fruit), Eucalyptus 'Summer Orange' (small native, evergreen tree bearing spectacular trusses of large, pink, ornge and red flowers and attractive bronze foliage in winter), Jacaranda mimosifolia (large semi-deciduous tree with large bunches of lilac flowers), 'Crepe Myrtle' (medium deciduous ornamental tree with delightful flowers throughout summer), Brush Box (quick growing with small cream flowers in Spring), and Crab Apple (small to medium deciduous tree with large double pink flowers in summer).
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Also on offer are Snow-in-Summer (medium native, evergreen hardy with white flowers), Chinese Pistachio (medium deciduous tree with leave the colour orange-red in autumn), Purple leafed Plum (small deciduous tree with masses of double rose-pink flowers in Spring), Ornamental pear (glossy green leaves which turn bright orange to red in Autumn), white flowers in spring, and Water Gum (shiny foliage with red coloured new growth and yellow flowers with a sweet perfume.)
There will also be a sausage sizzle and a chance to chat with City staff and get tips on how to plant your free trees as well as advice on their future upkeep such as watering requirements and so on.
In order to obtain your free tree you need to complete an application form on the City of Sydney website. These applications close on Wednesday 19 March 2014. Here is the application form.
You must take a copy of your rate notice or driver's license to pick up your tree(s).