TALLAHASSEE - Leon County is giving away free trees for your front yard, and they'll even plant them for you.
This year's Adopt-a-Tree program is offering 200 free Eastern Hophornbeams to county residents. It's a tree known for its flaky bark and yellow leaves in the fall. It can grow up to 40 feet tall and 30 feet wide.
The county offers a different species of tree every year to spruce up the local landscape.
"I like to use the program to promote trees that you might not normally see in a yard but that are still good landscape trees," said Tom Jackson, who is in charge of the project. "We try to emphasize native trees."
There's a one tree per household limit, and the trees are planted on a first come-first served basis.
You can log on to the county's website to fill out an application for a tree.
Or you can visit the Leon County Public Works Building to pick up an application in person:
2280 Miccosukee Road
The Adopt-a-Tree program is only opened to Leon County residents outside the city limits.
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