2021 Earth-Arbor Day Tree Giveaway
To celebrate both Earth Day and Arbor Day on April 22 and April 30 respectively, the City of Cape Canaveral is hosting a tree giveaway for interested residents. For more than 30 years, the City of Cape Canaveral has been designated an official “Tree City” by the Arbor Day Foundation and to take advantage of all the benefits a healthy treescape can offer, we want to continue the expansion of our urban canopy and promote the use of Florida native plants. Such benefits include more wildlife habitats, cooler air temperatures, reduced energy bills, community shading, stormwater absorption and even a reduction in wind speeds during storms.
The City will be freely distributing 50 Florida native seagrapes throughout the week of Earth Day, Monday April 19 - Friday, April 23 on a first come first serve basis. Each seagrape is in a 3-gallon pot and only one seagrape will be available per household. Informational material on how to properly grow and maintain seagrapes will be included with your tree. To prevent damage to sidewalks, curbing and underground utilities, seagrapes provided via this program are not to be planted in the right-of-way (ROW) between the sidewalk and the street.
WHO: Cape Canaveral residents only.
- Please provide proof of residency upon pickup (i.e. driver's license, utility bill, etc.).
- Condominium owners must provide written permission from a condominium board or association president to receive a seagrape. Written permission will be required upon pickup.
- If you are a renter you must provide written permission from the property owner upon pickup to receive your seagrape.
HOW: Online registration required. Please click the link below to sign-up.
WHEN: April 19 - 23, with pickup times between 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. each day.
WHERE: Public Works Services at 601 Thurm Blvd.
- Please call 321-868-1240 at the gate for entry.
- Seagrapes will be available for pickup at the Public Works Services Administration Building, the first building on the right in the complex.
- Park at the building and a staff member will assist you with your seagrape.
- Please remain in your vehicle to observe social distancing guidelines. Staff will wear face masks and also observe CDC guidelines to ensure a safe pickup experience.
Planting 1000 Trees on the Space Coast
This celebration is part of a larger multi-city initiative called Planting 1,000 Trees on the Space Coast. The City of Cape Canaveral is joined by the City of Cocoa Beach, the City of Melbourne, the City of Satellite Beach and the City of Titusville as part of a larger goal to plant at least 1,000 Florida native trees across the county in 2021. We also want to thank our partners at the Arbor Day Foundation and the Florida Forest Service who helped to make this endeavor possible and continuously provide education and insights into trees and their benefits.
Seagrapes are native to Florida. They are tolerant to salty environments and drought conditions, and can act as excellent wind breaks during hurricanes. It is also versatile enough to be pruned into a tree, bush, hedge, windbreak, or ground cover.
Tips for Successful Seagrapes!
- Plant your seagrape in sandy, well-drained soil, preferably in full sun.
- Keep the young plant well-watered until it is established.
- It can be propagated by seeds or cuttings if you wish to expand the planting.
- Hand-pruning every couple of years is necessary to control its form.
For more helpful information on these trees please visit the University of Florida’s Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) seagrape webpage. Happy planting!