Free trees offered – well, sort of
From Staff Reports

Oct. 1, 2006 - The National Arbor Day Foundation's latest press release states the group wants to send you 10 free trees.

OK, they're not really free, as you have to join the foundation, and that costs $10 for a six-month membership.

But your money does get you one pair each of sugar maples and red maples, and one scarlet oak, sweetgum, red oak, silver maple, white dogwood and Washington hawthorn.

The press release doesn't say what other options are available, but those who try to join online are given the option of choosing many other trees that are also suited for this area.

According to Arbor Day Foundation President John Rosenow, "These trees will produce vibrant red, orange, yellow, scarlet and purple leaves in the fall."

The foundation's folks have to wait for a couple of hard frosts for the 6- to 12-inch trees to go dormant before they can be shipped safely, so don't expect to receive them immediately. Fall shipments are made between Nov. 1 and Dec. 10, and the trees can be planted until the ground is frozen solid, which may be the year 2525 the way things have been going in Northeast Texas.

To receive the trees, send the $10 membership contribution to Autumn Classic Trees, National Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410, by Oct. 31. Tree-huggers who want to save a spruce by not using an envelop can also join online at www.arborday.org.

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