Thank you to those who joined us for the annual Tree for All presented by Cox on Saturday, November 11! This year, we brought you the biggest tree sale yet, with nearly 900 trees to choose from.
Our mission is to promote natural beauty and environmental improvement through tree planting. By diversifying Oklahoma’s green canopy, we strived to create a sustainable and biodiverse landscape.
The selection of trees available for sale were in three-gallon buckets. Varieties included the Eastern Redbud, Red Maple, American Sweetgum, Southern Magnolia, Sweetbay Magnolia, Shumard Oak, Yaupon Holly (Upright), Cedar Elm and American Sycamore. If you were looking for loblolly pines, we had those too, available in convenient 5-gallon buckets.
Cercis canadensis – Eastern Redbud
Acer Rubrum – Red Maple
Liquidambar styraciflua – American Sweetgum
Magnolia grandiflora – Southern Magnolia
Magnolia virginiana – Sweetbay Magnolia
Quercus shumardii – Shumard Oak
Ilex vomitoria – Yaupon Holly (Upright)
Ulmus crassifolia – Cedar Elm
Platanus occidentalis – American Sycamore
Pinus taeda – Loblolly Pine
Eastern redbud is a small deciduous tree. Trees typically grow 20 feet in height with a similar spread and have gracefully ascending branches and a rounded shape. Eastern redbud leaves are alternate, simple, broadly heart-shaped and 3 to 5 inches high and wide.
The red maple is a medium to large deciduous tree named for its distinctive red fall leaves, fruits, flowers and twigs. Its bark is smooth and grey but becomes scaly and dark grey as the tree gets older. Its leaves are 2.5 to 4 inches in length, with three to five pointed lobes that have serrated edges.
Sweet gum is a large tree with a long, cylindrical trunk, pyramidal crown, and corky wings on branches and twigs. Leaves are alternate, simple, star-shaped, with 5 (sometimes 7) lobes, 3–6 inches wide, deeply lobed; margin toothed, tips long-pointed; leaves slightly aromatic when bruised.
Magnolia plants can be evergreen or deciduous and bear alternate smooth-margined leaves. The flowers, usually cuplike and fragrant, are located at the branch tips and have three sepals, six to 12 petals arranged in two to four series, and many spirally arranged stamens.
American sycamore, probably the largest tree native to eastern North America, is a fast-growing species with scaly gray-brown bark that exfoliates to reveal a smooth ghostly white inner layer. It is a deciduous tree that typically grows to 75–100 feet tall with horizontal branching and a rounded habit.
The Sweetbay Magnolia has glistening dark green leaves with a silver underside that has a frosted appearance. The 2″-3″ creamy white flowers have a light lemon scent and are visible in late spring and early summer. It is very elegantly shaped and is a good choice for a specimen or patio tree.
Quercus shumardii, commonly called Shumard oak, is a medium sized, deciduous tree of the red oak group. Pyramidal in youth but spreads to a broad open crown with age. Typically grows at a moderately fast rate to a height of 40-60′ (to 100′ in the wild).
Yaupon Holly (Upright)
A very picturesque, upright, irregularly branched shrub or small tree. Foliage is a lustrous dark green. Leaves are alternate, simple, narrowly oval to ovate, tapered at the base, blunt at apex, 1/2″ to 1 1/2″ long and 1/4″ to 3/4″ wide. Bark is a striking white to gray.
Loblolly Pine (5 gallon)
The tree’s brown, oval cones grow to 3-6 inches and have short thorns. The loblolly pine tree’s bark is dark brown or brownish-red bark and separates into scaly plates as the tree matures. Its tall, straight trunk will not have knots for up to 30 feet high. Loblolly pines will grow 70 to 90 feet tall.
By Nate Tschaenn
“We absolutely love the trees we purchased a few years ago at the annual Tree For All event. Thank you to Cox Communications and the Myriad Botanical Gardens for putting on such an amazing event. These hardy trees have braved the wild Oklahoma ice storms and freezes. It feels good knowing we are making a difference in the environment all while beautifying our yard!”
-William and Jenni Choi, Edmond, Oklahoma