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Arbor Day Foundation announces free trees

California residents will receive five free crape myrtle trees for becoming a member of the Arbor Day Foundation in January. The free trees are part of the nonprofit foundation’s Trees for America campaign.

“Crape myrtles were selected for this campaign because of their elegant color and form, making them an attractive addition to the home landscape in California,” said John Rosenow, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Small flowering trees boast perfect, six-petaled flowers of pink and red, with leaves that change from summer green to autumn red, orange and yellow.”

The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting between February 1 and April 30 with enclosed planting instructions. The six- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or will be replaced free of charge.

Members also receive a subscription to the Foundation’s colorful bimonthly publication, “Arbor Day,” and “The Tree Book,” which includes information about tree planting and care.

To receive the free trees, send a $10 membership contribution to Five Crape Myrtles, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410, by January 31.


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