The below five tree species were given to faculty, staff and visitors at UPMC Magee-Women’s Hospital on Thursday, November 8th, 2018. Hornbeams and Swamp White Oaks were also given at Ascender on November 13th, 2018.

Don’t forget to plant your tree in the ground sooner than later! Even though the cold weather and frost is coming soon, this is still the right time to plant and the sooner your tree is planted outdoors, the sooner it will begin to impart the health benefits it offers to our shared environment. Keep the soil in the bag moist until you are able to plant.

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During the first weeks after planting it and in dry weather, a good rule of thumb is to water generously every 7-10 days of the first year and to keep an eye on your tree in the second and third years.

The best way to be sure you aren’t overwatering or underwatering is to use your finger or a screwdriver and test that the soil moisture is adequate. Not too wet or dry is your aim.

Magnolia virginiana – Sweetbay Magnolia

Where can you find me?

This species likes full sun, but is tolerant of partial shade. Sweetbay prefers a bit of a sheltered physical environment in winter to stay warmer and out of the wind in winter.

Fun Fact:

Count me this species in for stormwater absorption and function. The species is tolerant of wet soils, but the soil should be acidic. It holds leaves later into the season.


Diospyros virginiana- Persimmon

Where can you find me?

Persimmon prefers moist, well drained soils and full sun.

Fun Facts:

Food supplementation! When old enough, you can expect edible fruits. Persimmon is good for planting on urban sites affected by poor soils.


American Hornbeam- Carpinus caroliniana

Where can you find me?

This species is a versatile tree. It is tolerant of wet sites and shade, but performs best in full sun. It is tolerant of water innudation and flooding and high temperatures.

This species does best in deep, fertile, moist, slightly acidic soils, and is largely intolerant of compacted soils.

Fun Facts:

Withstanding flooding is an important adaptation since climate change makes weather patterns more variable and extreme. This tree is great for its aesthetic value with small catkin flowers emerging in the spring.


Swamp White Oak- Quercus bicolor

Where can you find me?

The Swamp White Oak likes full to partial sunlight to grow. It also prefers moist to wet, deep, acidic soils. It is adaptable to dry soils and somewhat adaptable to alkaline pH.

Fun Facts:

Bicolor name refers to dramatic contrast between bottom and top sides of the leaves. Adaptability to very wet or moderately dry sites make it a great tree for areas that occasionally flood.

Take some time to check out the numerous online resources available with additional species information on each tree.

A few sources we like: