Tree Giveaway Program

In alignment with the goals of Penn’s Climate and Sustainability Action Plan 3.0, the University promotes the importance of trees and the creation of public open spaces. To encourage the continual ‘greening’ of our communities in the Greater Philadelphia area, we will once again partner with TreePhilly, a program of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and the Fairmount Park Conservancy, for the Creating Canopy tree giveaway.

Each year, a limited number of free trees are given away on a first-come, first-served basis to interested Penn and UPHS staff and faculty who pre-register. For the 2021 Creating Canopy tree giveaway, trees are only available to homeowners who live in the City of Philadelphia. TreePhilly’s mission is to grow Philadelphia’s tree canopy, and for this reason, registration is limited to residents with a planting address in the City of Philadelphia. There is a pivotal need for trees in urban areas for the purposes of stormwater management, natural cooling, critical wildlife habitat, and the many other benefits that trees can provide. In fact, recent research shows that some neighborhoods in Philadelphia can be up to 22 degrees hotter than surrounding areas, making tree planting in the urban areas more important now than it has ever been.

To date, we have given away 2,342 trees. In May of 2021, we will give away another 110 trees, bringing our total to 2,452 trees.

Available Trees

We are offering limited quantities of the following yard trees this year. Please download the PDF for descriptions and details on each tree.

Penn Creating Canopy 2021 Trees PDF (2.6MB)

  • American Sycamore
  • American HopHornbeam
  • Celestial Dogwood
  • Fantasia Nectarine
  • Enterprise Apple
  • Chicago Hardy Fig
  • Eastern Redbud
  • American Persimmon
  • Kentucky Coffeetree
  • Swamp While Oak
  • Willow Oak


The 2021 Creating Canopy tree giveaway registration is now closed. 

2021 Event Flyer

Click on the photo below to download a copy of the 2021 event flyer.

Creating Canopy Poster


Photo Album

View photos from past events in our Flickr album.


If, for some reason, you are no longer able to pick up your tree, please email us and let us know. We have many people who would like a leafy new friend! 

Picking Up Your Tree

The tree pickup takes place each year in the parking lot at Penn Park - located near the intersection of 31st Street and Lower Walnut Street. (Staff at the New Bolton Center may select a special pick up option on the registration form.)

Directions to Penn Park Parking Lot (PDF) *Many GPS systems to do not recognize "Lower Walnut Street" so please familiarize yourself with our campus map.

The responsibility is yours to get your new leafy friend home.  Bring your car, or arrange a ride. The trees come in #5 pots (3-4 feet tall) and #7 pots (4-6 feet tall). Some past tree recipients have made creative use of wagons or hand trucks to transport their trees.