Arbor Day


About the Event

Join us to celebrate the enhanced quality of life trees bring to the community! Arbor Day is a time to celebrate trees and the many benefits they offer. The Parks and Recreation Department, along with the New Braunfels Council of Garden Clubs is delighted to offer this FREE family friendly event.

2016 Event Information:

October 22, 2016 in Landa Park

Join the Fun!

We will have plenty of activities for you to get involved and even get your hands dirty. A ceremony and tree planting demonstration will kick off the event, followed by kid's activities, a free tree giveaway and educational booths from local organizations.

Free Tree Giveaway

We will be giving away 850 tree seedlings at the event! Check out the list of different species below and click on the name for additional information.

American elm

Large fast growing, graceful tree with arching branches, makes a wonderful shade tree. The tree prefers full sun and tolerates moist to dry soil conditions. Deep green leaves turn golden for spectacular fall color.


Large shrub or small tree, loose airy branches, yellow fall color, helps improve soil by fixing nitrogen, tolerates variety of soils. Blooms in the summer dark purple flower spikes contrasted with golden yellow pollen. Deer resistant and attracts pollinators like butterflies and bees.

Aromatic sumac

It is an irregular shaped shrub that can reach 6-12 feet tall. It is extremely drought tolerant and produces yellow flowers in the spring, that give way to dark red berries, and exhibits beautiful fall foliage (reds, orange, purple, and yellow leaves).

Flameleaf sumac

Small tree or large shrub, tolerates dry rocky soil, drought hardy, fast growing, bears red berries in the fall for wildlife and they contrast nicely against the dark glossy green leaves, that turn into a striking fall color of reds, oranges, and yellows.

Mexican buckeye

Small multi-stemmed tree, very drought hardy, pink blossoms contrast with bright chartreuse green leaves in the spring and darken to a medium green. Produces unique seed pods and yellow fall color.


Medium sized tree likes deep moist soil but can be drought hardy. It is extremely fast growing given good conditions. It produces delicious fruit enjoyed by people and wildlife and has yellow leaves in the fall. Do not plant over a driveway or patio as the fruit can be messy.

Rusty blackhaw

small shrub or tree up to 18’ in ht., beautiful clusters of fragrant white  flowers in the spring, dark green glossy leaves persist through the year turning into stunning fall color.

Southern magnolia

large tree that prefers deep fertile soil, beautiful glossy green leaves, straight trunk, pyramidal shape, large cream colored fragrant flowers that smell like citrus bloom through the summer. In the fall it’s cones hold red glossy seeds hang from silk threads for wildlife to feast on.


Large fast growing shade tree, moderately drought hardy, tolerates a wide variety of soils, large patches of smooth white bark, large green maple shaped leaves.

Texas palmetto

stout tree up to 50’ in height, large bluish green fan shaped leaves no thorns on the stalks, likes clay soil and produces dark purple berrylike fruits birds enjoy.

Texas red oak

Medium shade tree that prefers full sun. Drought hardy and grows in a tough soil conditions. Fantastic fall color of reds, yellow and orange and produces great acorn crop for wildlife every other year.

Western soapberry

Medium sized tree, rather fast growing and drought hardy. This tree tolerates a variety of soils and poor urban conditions. It has beautiful yellow fall foliage and produces berries for wildlife. The sap from the berries is toxic to eat but useful as a cleaning agent.


small graceful shrub, up to 10’ with slender upright stems, fragrant, blooms frequently from March to November. The tree provides nectar for bees and butterflies.  

Event Partners

We are proud to collaborate with many local organizations to host Arbor Day. Interested in Becoming an Event Partner? Contact Kelly Eby, or call 830-221-4359.

You Have Your Tree, Now What?


Here are some helpful tips on planting your new tree:

Twelve steps from the Texas A&M Forest Service: Click Here
Watch this video from the Texas A&M Forest Service: Click Here
Click here for the PDF version of the tree planting image.