Free Fruit Trees This Weekend

Free Fruit Trees This Weekend

Add a little flavor to your flora. Get a free 5-gallon fruit tree during the annual Jammin’ Jams Fruit & Nut Tree Adoption, Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Pearl.

Once again the Alamo Forest Partnership and San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department have teamed up to offer one free five-gallon tree per household Saturday, Jan. 26, during the annual Jammin’ Jams Fruit & Nut Tree Adoption event at The Pearl, 732 Avenue A (in the parking lot).

The event begins at 8 a.m. and will last until all trees are gone. Several varieties of trees will be available including apple, apricot, fig, lemon, lime, orange, nectarine, peach, pear, pecan, persimmon, plum and pomegranate.

All species have been recommended by the Texas A&M University AgriLife Extension Service and adapted to the region.

Here’s a list of the varieties that will be available.

Citrus Tolerance

You shouldn’t have to worry about these trees until temps hit 27 degrees or lower.

The first two should be placed in large containers that can be moved or kept warm.

Ideal location within San Antonio

We generally consider a broad dividing line of everything within Loop 410 and east of Nacogdoches Road or those with soil and those without.

South and East of the line

North and West of the line

Multiple Tree Requirement

All fruit trees will produce fruit, but some trees produce more with more than one variety in the vicinity. Apples, pears and plums fall into this group. But again, it’s not necessary to have more than one.

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Mark A. Peterson is a conservation project coordinator for San Antonio Water System. With over 30 years of experience as an urban forester and arborist, Mark is probably the only person you know who actually prunes trees for fun. When not expounding on the benefits of trees and limited lawns, you’re likely to find him hiking San Antonio’s wilderness parks or expounding on the virtues of geography and history to his friends.