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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 partnered 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.


Tree Selection

Information on the trees we gave away is available in our Tree Information Guide (PDF 4MB). We offered a selection of Small Flowering Trees, Large and small 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.



Registration for Creating Canopy 2019 will open in April of 2019, so please check back then.

Email with questions.


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.

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! 


Download Our Poster

Download the 2018 Creating Canopy poster by clicking here.




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.