Free tree giveaway

Free tree giveaway

Greening our city with 1,000 trees

We encouraged Sydneysiders to help increase our urban tree canopy with a free giveaway of 1,000 trees in March 2014.

Local residents signed up for a small or medium tree with the choice of native, exotic, deciduous or evergreen species. To plant and take care of your tree we have put together some information in the table below.

More trees to come 

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 9,719 trees since 2005 – we already have around 42,000 trees on our streets and in our parks across the City – 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. 

We will hold the next free giveaway in 2015

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

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Species and description

Aspect and soil

Tree care

Acer Palmatum 'Sango Kaku'

Acer palmatum
‘Sango Kaku’
Japanese Maple

Small deciduous multi-stemmed tree growing to approx 4m. Light green spring foliage. Coral pink bark on new growth tree.

Well drained sheltered position.

Water in well. Keep moist until established. Plant bud union above soil level. Prune to shape if required.

Acer Palmatum 'Bloodgood'

Acer palmatum
‘Bloodgood’

Small deciduous tree with highly ornamental red-purple autumn foliage

Well drained sheltered position.

Water in well and keep soil moist until established. Plant bud union above soil level.

Acmena Smithii 'Lily Pily'

Acmena smithii
Lilly Pilly
Medium to large native evergreen tree. Fragrant white flowers in late spring, followed by white to purple edible fruits. Hardy plant in cultivation, adapting to a range of climates from tropical to temperate.

Full sun or fairly heavy shade. Moist well drained sandy to clay loam soils.

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

Angophora Costata - Smooth Barked Apple

Angophora costata
Smooth Barked Apple
Large native, evergreen tree. Rugged ornamental appearance with pink to pale grey, sometimes rusty-stained bark.

Tolerates wide range of soil conditions.

Protect young trees from frost. Keep moist until established.

Angophora Floribunda - Rough Barked Apple

Angophora floribunda
Rough Barked Apple
Large native, evergreen tree. Rough fibrous bark and white flowers in summer.

Tolerates dry conditions.

Protect young trees from frost. Keep moist until established.

Backhousia Myrtifolia - Grey Myrtle

Backhousia myrtifolia
Grey Myrtle
Small native evergreen rainforest tree species. Cream/white flowers in November–January.

Sandy to loamy well-drained, moist soils. Full, or nearly-full sun. Does not like shade.

Water in well and keep soil moist until established.

Banksia Integrifolia

Banksia integrifolia
Coast Banksia
Small native, quick-growing evergreen tree. Gnarled bark and dark green leaves, silvery underneath. Yellow bottle brush-like flowers in early spring attracts birds.

Tolerates full sun or part shade. Drought tolerant.

Low moisture requirement once established.

Callistemon - Dawson River

Callistemon
Dawson River Weeper
Small native, evergreen tree with spreading branches covered in weeping grey-green leaves. Bright red bottle brush-like flowers during late spring attracts birds.

Full sun or part shade. Moist well-drained soil to poor sandy to light clay loams. Drought tolerant.

Low moisture requirement once established.

Ceratopetalum Gummiferum - NSW Christmas Tree

Ceratopetalum gummiferum
NSW Christmas Tree
Small native, evergreen tree. Masses of white flowers during early spring followed by large dark red calyces that persist on the plant.

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

Low moisture requirement once established. Mulch well.

Corymbia Eximia - Yellow Bloodwood

Corymbia eximia
Yellow Bloodwood

Large native, evergreen tree. Spring flowering, normally August–October.

Requires full sun for best floral display. Adaptable to most soil types including poorer soils. Can be frost tender when young. Drought tolerant.

Protect young trees from frost. Keep moist until established.

Elaeocarpus Reticulatus

Elaeocarpus reticulatus
Blueberry Ash
Small native, evergreen tree. 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.

Low moisture requirement once established. Mulch well.

Eucalyptus Summer Beauty

Eucalyptus  'Summer Orange' 
Small native, evergreen tree bearing spectacular trusses of large, pink, orange and red flowers, and attractive bronze foliage in winter.

Best in full sun and well-drained soil.

Low moisture requirement once established. Prune after flowering to encourage new growth to flower next season.

Jacaranda Mimosifolia - Jacaranda

Jacaranda mimosifolia
Jacaranda
Large semi-deciduous tree. Fast growing with attractive ferny foliage. 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 and suppress weeds.

Lagerstroemia Indica - Indian Summer 

Lagerstroemia indica
‘Crepe Myrtle’
Medium deciduous ornamental tree with delightful flowers throughout summer and impressive autumn foliage. Patterned bark a feature.

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 and suppress weeds.

Lophostemon Confertus - Brush Box

Lophostemon confertus
Brush Box
Large tree suitable as specimen or shade tree. Round crown with dark green leathery leaves and small cream flowers in spring. Quick growing and long lived.

Full sun or part shade. Well-drained soil. Drought tolerant and bird attracting.

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

Malus Ioensis - Plena

Malus ioensis ‘Plena’
Crab Apple
Small to medium deciduous tree with spreading habit. Attractive autumn foliage and large double pink flowers in summer.

Well-drained sheltered position. Plant bud union above soil level.

Water in well. Keep moist until established. Prune to shape after flowering, if required.

Melaleuca Linariifolia - Snow in Summer

Melaleuca linarifolia
Snow-in-Summer
Medium native, evergreen hardy tree grows to about 8m. White flowers in fluffy clusters cover the plant in late spring and summer.

Flowers best in a sunny position. Tolerates poor drainage.

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

Pistacia Chinensis

Pistacia chinensis
Chinese Pistachio
Medium deciduous tree grown predominantly for its graceful pinnate leaves that colour orange-red in autumn. Great feature tree for all sized gardens.

Moist, fertile, well-drained soil. Full sun or part shade.

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

Prunus x Blireana

Prunus x blireana
Purple Leafed Plum
Small deciduous tree. Masses of double rose-pink flowers in spring followed by coppery-bronze new foliage.

Well-drained sheltered position. Plant bud union above soil level.

Water in well. Keep moist until established. Prune to shape if required.

Pyrus Calleryana - Cleveland Select

Pyrus calleryana
‘Cleaveland Select’ Ornamental Pear

Medium deciduous tree with upright, pyramidal shape. Glossy green leaves turn bright orange to red in autumn. Clusters of single white flowers in spring. Suitable for small to medium gardens.

Well-drained sheltered position. Plant bud union above soil level.

Water in well and keep soil moist until established

Tristaniopsis Laurina - Luscious

Tristaniopsis laurina
‘Luscious’

Water Gum
Medium native, evergreen tree. Shiny foliage with red coloured new growth and yellow flowers with a sweet perfume.

Full sun to part shade. Tolerates frost and drought, best in warm moist position. Well-drained rocky soils to heavy clay loams.

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

Last updated: Friday, 13 June 2014