Free tree giveaway

Free tree giveaway

Sydney Park

Head down to the Sydney Park Road car park on Saturday 12 March to pick up your tree. You must be a City of Sydney resident.

What’s On

Sydney Park: 12 March 2016

We are giving away 1,000 trees on Saturday 12 March 2016. Head down to the Sydney Park Road car park to pick up your tree. City staff will be there from 10am until all trees have been given away.

You can select a small or medium tree and choose between native or exotic species. Pick a deciduous or evergreen species to suit your property.

Enjoy a sausage sizzle and chat to our staff for tips and advice on how to plant your trees and general tree maintenance.

We have prepared information in the table below about the available tree species this year with short descriptions, the preferred aspect and soil, and how to care for your tree. We have also prepared a tip sheet for growing trees in pots.

The free tree giveaway only applies to City of Sydney residents living in the suburbs detailed on the map below. 

There is a limit of 2 trees per property and you'll need to bring along a copy of your rates notice or driver's licence to be able to collect your free trees. 

Increasing the City's tree canopy

Trees make our city more beautiful as well as improving our air quality and providing habitat for birds and animals.

The City of Sydney has planted 11,017 trees since 2005 – we already have around 44,000 trees on our streets, parks and City properties – and we're planning for many more.

Our free tree giveaway encourages residents to help us reach our target to increase the City's tree canopy up to 50% by 2030.  

Free trees: Terms and conditions

We hope that you will enjoy planting and caring for your tree to help us create a greener future for our city and villages.

Residents must obtain the necessary approvals for selecting the trees and the planting locations within the property boundary.

The City made its best endeavours to provide a healthy plant with average growth height information but we make no warranties concerning the tree. We suggest you investigate where best to plant the tree to minimise any risks to property or people.

Contacts

Susan Lymbery
Tree Management Coordinator
02 9265 9333

Tree species information and maintenance guide

 

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Species

Size

Suitable for container

Deciduous or evergreen

Description

Aspect & soil

Tree care

Acmena smithii 'Allyn Magic'
Lilly pilly (dwarf variety)

Small

Yes

Evergreen

Evergreen shrub (1m x 1m) with orange to bronze leaves. White flowers in summer.
Suitable for 100 litre containers and courtyard gardens.

  • Full sun or dappled shade.
  • Moist, well-drained sandy to clay loam soils.

Keep moist for rapid growth. Mulch well to conserve soil moisture and suppress weeds.

Callistemon 'Kings Park Special'
Bottle Brush

Small

Yes

Evergreen

Fast growing upright tree (3 to 5 metres)suitable for small gardens. Pendulous branches with bright red bottle brush-like flowers during late spring. Attract birds. Suitable for containers (minimum 200 litre for long term) and courtyard gardens.

  • Full sun to partial shade. Adaptable to wide range of well drained soils .
  • Tolerates dry periods. Not frost resistant.

Responds well to light pruning after flowering to keep plant dense.

Callistemon viminalis
'Captain Cook'
Bottle Brush (dwarf variety)

Small

Yes

Evergreen

Dense, slightly weeping shrub (1.5 to 2 metres) with an abundance of flowers. A proliferation of red "brushes" are produced in spring, with further flowering sometimes occurring in late summer or autumn. Suitable for containers (minimum 100 litre) and courtyard gardens.

  • Sunny position enhances flowering.
  • Adaptable to most soils but prefers well composted loam.

Performs best when watered during establishment and in Spring. Responds well to light pruning after flowering to keep plant dense.

Camellia sasanqua
Sasanqua Camellia

Small

Yes

Evergreen

Grows to around 6 metres tall and 4 metres wide. The main flowering time is from autumn to early winter. Clipped hedges, standards and topiary are very popular.
Suitable for containers (minimum 200 litre for long term) and courtyard gardens.

  • Fast growing in either full sun or partial shade.
  • Prefers slightly acid, humus rich soil with good drainage.

Fertilise in spring with camellia and azalea food, and mulch with compost. Prune after flowering to maintain shape and bushiness.

Ceratopetalum gummiferum
NSW Christmas tree

Small

Yes

Evergreen

Compact small tree (5mx2m) with very bright red flowers. Great feature plant and cut flower. Suitable for containers (minimum 100 Litre) and courtyard gardens.

  • Moist, well-drained soil in sunny to semi-shaded position.

Little moisture needed after established. Mulch well.

Duranta repens
'Sheena's Gold'

Small

Yes

Evergreen

Approximately 5m x 3m. Makes an ideal hedge or windbreak, feature plant in a pot or planted as a specimen shrub.Can be trimmed to what ever height or shape required. Suitable for containers (minimum 100 litre) and courtyard gardens.

  • Needs full sun to attain it's beautiful golden coloured foliage.
  • Sensitive to frost damage and should be kept in a protected area during the colder months

Fertilize with a liquid or slow release fertilizer. Can be pruned at anytime to any shape.

Elaeocarpus reticulatus
Blueberry Ash

Medium

No

Evergreen

Medium native, evergreen tree to 12 metres. Pinkish flowers and blue fruit are a feature of this beautiful and hardy plant.

  • Thrives in full sun to light shade.
  • Tolerates low nutrient and dry soils.
  • Performs best when well watered.

Little moisture needed once established. Mulch well.

Gardenia augusta 'Magnifica'
Gardenia

Small

Yes

Evergreen

Attractive evergreen small to medium shrub with deep green foliage. Fragrant creamy white flowers from late spring to late autumn. Excellent for mass plantings or as a hedge. Suitable for containers (minimum 100 litre) and courtyard gardens.

  • Slightly acidic, cool, moist, well drained soil.
  • Protect from full summer sun and frost.

Water well, particularly from spring to summer when plant is flowering. Protect root system with a mulch.

Glochidion ferdinandi
Cheese Tree

Medium

No

Evergreen

Native, evergreen tree to about 10 metres tall . The most notable feature are the small pumpkin-shaped fruit, which are green at first before turning shades of white and pink.

  • Moist, well-drained soil in sunny to semi-shaded position.
  • Does not tolerate frosts.

Little moisture needed once established. Mulch well.

Grevillea
Grevillea 'Superb'

Small

Yes

Evergreen

Compact shrub growing to 1–2 metres high and wide with attractive green lobed leaves. Flowers for 12 months of the year. Suitable for containers (minimum 100 litre) and courtyard gardens.

  • Likes a sunny, well drained position, will tolerate moderate frosts.

Avoid using fertilisers that are high in phosphorus.

Jacaranda mimosifolia
Jacaranda

Large

No

Deciduous

Large semi-deciduous tree (12-15 metres). Fast growing with attractive ferny foliage. Produces large bunches of lilac flowers.

  • Moist, well drained fertile soil. Sunny position.

Protect young trees from frost. Keep moist until established. Mulch well to conserve soil moisture.

Lagerstroemia 'Indian Summer’
Crepe Myrtle

Small

Yes

Deciduous

Small, deciduous ornamental tree with delightful flowers throughout summer and impressive autumn foliage. Patterned bark is also an attractive feature. Suitable for containers (minimum 200 litre for long term) and courtyard gardens.

  • Prefers moist well drained soil.
  • Thrives in sunny locations protected from hot, dry winds.

Water well and keep soil moist until established. Mulch well to conserve soil moisture.

Leptospermum 'Pacific Beauty'
Lemon Scented Tea Tree

Small

Yes

Evergreen

Low growing, cascading form to 1.5m tall by 2-2.5m wide. Prolific flowering in early summer. The leaves when crushed have a beautiful citrus scent. Suitable for containers (minimum 100 litre) and courtyard gardens

  • Adaptable to most soils but prefers a well drained full sun position.
  • Drought hardy, ideal for tough conditions.

Keep soil moist until established. Mulch well to conserve soil moisture.

Lophostemon confertus
Brush Box

Large

No

Evergreen

Large, fast growing, hardy, rainforest tree (12-15metres)with an attractive rounded shape. It has white fluffy flowers in spring and summer, and leathery dark green leaves.

  • Best in a moist fertile, well drained soil.
  • Rarely troubled by pests or diseases.
  • Tolerates smog and drought.
  • Moderately frost tolerant once established.

Keep soil moist until established. Mulch well to conserve soil moisture.

Melaleuca linariifolia
Snow-in-summer

Medium

No

Evergreen

Small - medium native, evergreen hardy tree grows to about 8 metres. White flowers in fluffy clusters cover the plant in late spring and summer.

  • Flowers best in a sunny position.
  • Tolerates poor drainage.
  • Tolerates both dry and boggy conditions and is frost hardy.

Keep moist for rapid growth. Mulch well to conserve soil moisture and suppress weeds.

Michelia figo
Port Wine Magnolia

Small

Yes

Evergreen

Good as specimen shrub, small tree, flowering hedge and screen plant. Handsome dark green foliage with beautiful perfumed flowers in winter. Suitable for containers (minimum 200 litre for long term) and courtyard gardens.

  • Prefer a sheltered, sunny position in well-drained, reasonably fertile soil.
  • Thrive in full sun with protection from strong winds.
  • Hardy, frost tolerant.

Lightly prune to shape after flowering.

Murraya paniculata
Mock Orange

Small

Yes

Evergreen

Fast growing long lived, bushy shrub or small tree, 2-4 metres tall, occasionally reaching up to 7 metres. Attractive, glossy green foliage and dense growth habit with gorgeous perfumed white flowers throughout the year. Suitable for containers (minimum 100 litre) and courtyard gardens


  • Prefer a sunny position in well-drained soil enriched with organic matter.

To maintain a Murraya hedge prune lightly two to three times a year in spring and summer. Give a final prune in autumn after flowering.

Syzygium australe 'Resilience'
Resilience Lilly Pilly

Small

Yes

Evergreen

Fast growing evergreen native shrub (4 to 5m tall x 2m wide) with deep green glossy foliage and flushes of orange new growth throughout the year. Clusters of fluffy white flowers appear all over the plant in Spring, followed by red berries. Resistant to psyllids (small sap sucking insects). Suitable for containers (minimum 100 litre) and courtyard gardens.

  • Full sun to part shade.
  • Grows in most soil types, but prefers fertile, well drained soils.

If using as a hedge, prune regularly to promote colourful new growth. And feed with a slow release organic fertiliser in spring.

Tibouchina 'Alstonville'
Tibouchina


Small

No

Evergreen

Small tree which usually grows to about 5 metres tall. The foliage is dark green in colour with a pale reverse. Brilliant display of violet/purple flowers in late summer and autumn. Excellent specimen tree.


  • Sunny spot and a light friable soil with plenty of moisture during the growing season.

Hard prune after flowering in late winter and tip prune during spring and summer to promote dense, bushy growth. Protect from strong winds, especially when young.

Tristaniopsis laurina 'Luscious'
Water Gum

Medium

No

Evergreen

7 to 12m high x 5m wide native tree. Shiny foliage with red coloured new growth and yellow flowers with a sweet perfume. Striking bark that peels back revealing a mottled cream stem.

  • Full sun to part shade.
  • Tolerates frost and drought, but performs best in a warm moist position in well-drained rocky soils.

Water in well until established. Mulch well to conserve soil moisture and suppress weeds.

Viburnum odoratissimum
Sweet Viburnum

Small

Yes

Evergreen

Approximately 4 - 6m high and 4m wide shrub/small tree. Large leathery oval green leaves with fragrant small white flowers in spring and red berries in autumn. Dense foliage is ideal for hedging/screening. Suitable for containers (minimum 100 litre) and courtyard gardens

  • Prefers moist well drained soils in full sun to part shade.
  • Will tolerate frost when established.

Fertilise with a slow release fertilizer in early Spring and prune to shape when required.

Last updated: Friday, 12 February 2016