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Creating Canopy

Tree Giveaway Program

In alignment with the goals of Penn’s Climate Action Plan, the University promotes the importance of trees and the creation of public open spaces. To encourage the continual ‘greening’ of our communities in the Greater Philadelphia area, we are again this Spring partnering with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation for the Creating Canopy tree giveaway.

A limited number of free trees will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis to interested Penn and UPHS staff and faculty who pre-register. You are eligible for a tree if you live in the City of Philadelphia or in the suburbs in PA, Delaware and New Jersey.

Tree Selection

Information on particular trees will be available in our Tree Information Guide (download PDF). We are pleased to offer a selection of Small Flowering Trees, Medium and Large Shade Trees, and self-pollinating Fruit Trees.

Each University and Hospital System employee is eligible for one free tree on a first-come, first-served basis.

Available trees will include: (List subject to change per availability at supplier nurseries...)

White Fringetree
River Birch
American Linden
Dogwood -- a few varieties!
White Pine
and a few more!


Registration for the 2017 Creating Canopy is now closed. Thank you for a tremendous response!

All registrants will receive a confirmation email with pick-up details. 

Email with questions.

Picking Up Your Tree

The 2017 tree pickup will take place on Thursday, May 4th, from 2-6 PM in the parking lot at Penn Park -- located near the intersection of 31st Street and Lower Walnut Street.

Directions to Penn Park Parking Lot (PDF) *Many GPS systems to do not recognize "Lower Walnut Street" so please familiarize yourself with our campus map.

The responsibility is yours to get your new leafy friend home.  Bring your car, or arrange a ride. The trees come in #5 pots (3-4 feet tall) and #7 pots (4-6 feet tall). Some past tree recipients have made creative use of wagons or hand trucks to transport their trees.


If, for some reason, you are no longer able to pick up your tree, please email us and let us know. We have many people who would like a leafy new friend! 


The Creating Canopy tree giveaway was very successful in past years. Read what some of the participants had to say about the program.

View these University photo albums for a look back at our past tree giveaway events.

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