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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, this spring we will once again partner with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation for the Creating Canopy tree giveaway.

Each year, a limited number of free trees are 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. This year's event was held on Thursday, May 2, between 3 and 6 PM, in the Penn Park Parking Lot at 31st and Lower Walnut Streets.


2019 Registration is now closed. We anticipate announcing the 2020 program in March/April 2020.

Photo Album

View photos from the event in our Flickr album.


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! 

Tree Selection

Download this PDF to learn about this year's tree selection (20 in total) -- small flowering trees, large shade trees, and self-pollinating fruit trees. Please read these descriptions to help you decide which tree is best for your yard, neighborhood, and skill level. If you are selecting a fruit tree, please note that they require different levels of skill and care: low = persimmon; moderate = fig, apple, cherry; challenging = peach.

Picking Up Your Tree

The tree pickup takes place each year in the parking lot at Penn Park - located near the intersection of 31st Street and Lower Walnut Street. This year's pick up date is Thursday, May 2, between 3 and 6 PM. (Staff at the New Bolton Center may select a special pick up option on the registration form.)

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.

Download Our Poster

Download the 2019 Creating Canopy poster. (PDF)