Trees as Gifts

With the holiday season just around the corner, people are thinking more and more outside of the box these days regarding the gifts they give. Environmentally conscious gift givers are turning to the unique idea of giving trees as gifts. While this is a mindset that is still up and coming, some organizations, such as The Arbor Day Foundation, are already on board, offering trees available for purchase as gifts on their website.

For those who aren’t quite as knowledgeable as they’d like to be regarding landscaping issues, there are many online resources that will help you to determine the hardiness of the particular species you wish to give, as well as online maps that define which regions are most appropriate for species based on average temperatures. Or you can always consult the expertise of an Austin arborist for guidance. These research options are especially helpful if the region in which the recipient resides is different from the one in which the giver resides or if the giver is uncertain of any similarities or differences in regional climate.

Trees can be purchased at local nurseries, which is advantageous, as the purchaser has opportunity to speak on-site with a professional and gain insights about the selections available to them. Or trees can be purchased online from reputable organizations. Those trees purchased online are generally shipped in plastic tubing that may be customized to fit the sentiments of the giver and aligned with the occasion.

And the occasions for giving trees as gifts are as numerous as the people who give them. Consider giving a gift tree for such events as Christmas, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, or other life changes, such as the birth of a child, work promotions, or the purchase of a home.

Look for organizations whose packaging also adds to the gift-giving experience. For instance, The Arbor Day Foundation website advertises that the tubing in which gift trees are mailed can be recycled and used as a bird feeder. For the environmentally conscious giver or receiver, this is yet another way to care for the environment and for wildlife.

If you are the recipient of such a unique gift, an Austin tree trimming professional can assist you with the upkeep and maintenance of your tree.

Advantages of giving a tree as a gift are added value to one’s landscape, longevity of both the gift and the giver’s sentiments through overall health (secondary to proper upkeep), and an improved global environment from the planting of new trees.

Whether you are giving or receiving a gift tree, consult an Austin tree care expert with your questions about planting, hardiness, and maintenance.

About the Author: Andrew Johnson is the owner of Central Texas Tree Care, a leading provider of Austin tree service in Central Texas. Certified ISA Austin arborist services including: tree trimming, tree removal, tree care and oak wilt treatment. For more information on Austin tree service, please visit

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