Tree Fair


2016 Tree Fair Details:

WHEN: Saturday October 22, 2016
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

WHERE: Bishop Park – on the basketball court, next to the Farmers Market with Free Parking!

WHAT: TREE SALE (5-8 foot tall trees, 3 gallon) $20 each


    • Silent Auction
    • Exhibit booths & kids craft booths
    • Information on CTC Programs
    • And, plants available for purchase from Picadilly Farm!


Here is the list of trees that will be available at this year’s Tree Fair. These trees were selected by the A-CC forester because they grow well here in Athens.

You may pre-order your trees by clicking the links below, or buy them the day of the sale (while supplies last).



SPECIAL OFFER!  White oak, Quercus alba Offspring of Athens’ beloved “Tree that Owns Itself”.  Here is your chance to purchase offspring of Athens’ world-famous Tree that Owns Itself, a white oak located between Five Points and downtown. Its fame is due to the beloved legend that William Jackson, who loved the tree and wanted to protect it after he died, deeded it to itself. The original 400-year-old tree was damaged by a storm early in the 20th century and fell in 1942, but locals wanted to preserve the legend so they planted a sapling they sprouted from one of the original tree’s acorns. The county, which maintains the tree, has grown a few of these saplings as well, and they will be offered at the October 22 tree fair. We are offering these for a limited time only. Limited quantities.

white oak


TRIDENT MAPLE, ACER BUERGERIANUM ‘Aeryn’ is a popular small tree that grows rapidly to 35’.
The new ‘Aeryn’ cultivar was developed in the South for heat tolerance and its spectacular red, yellow and orange fall colors.

trident maple

JAPANESE MAPLE, Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’  is an airy, interesting tree and one of the hardiest Japanese Maples, with good sun tolerance. Burgundy leaves turn brilliant red in the fall.  Slow grower to 20’ tall.

japanese maple

American Hornbeam, Carpinus Caroliniana is a small deciduous tree with a consistent, rounded shape, growing up to 50’ and features smooth greenish-gray bark and serrated leaves.

American Hornbeam

Cryptomeria, Crytomeria Japonica ‘Yoshino’ is a striking evergreen conifer with an open appearance and pyramidal shape that grows to 30-40 feet. Considered a good replacement for Leyland cypress.

Japanese Cryptomeria ‘Yoshino’

Chinese Holly, Ilex Cornuta ‘Emily Brunner’ is an exceptional holly that maintains a tight pyramidal shape and grows to 20 feet, serving as a dense screen. Glossy deep green leaves, bright red berries.

Chinese Holly


Chinese Holly, Ilex Cornuta Attenuata ‘Fosteri’ Foster holly is a narrow conical species with narrow spine‐tipped leaves that grows to about 20 feet tall.

Chinese Holly

Crepe Myrtle, Lagerstroemia Indica ‘Dynamite’  This new crepe myrtle cultivar features brilliantly red, long lasting flowers. Grows to 15-20’ tall; 10-15’ wide.

crepe myrtle

Crape Myrtle, Lagerstroemia ‘Tonto’ is a large, multi-trunked shrub or small tree that grows to 15’ tall, and features pink-red flowers in the summer. Tonto is a National Arboretum cultivar with cinnamon-colored bark.

Crape myrtle ‘Tonto’

Magnolia, Magnolia Grandiflora ‘Little Gem’ is a dwarf cultivar that grows to 25’ tall, 15’ wide with smaller, deep green leaves. Large, very fragrant creamy white blooms in summer.   Attractive screen, can be espaliered.

Little Gem Magnolia


Magnolia, Magnolia Virginiana ‘Jane’ is a small deciduous magnolia that grows to 15’ and features brilliant, clear pink flowers in late Spring, mostly ensuring that the flowers will not be nipped by early Spring frost.

Tulip Magnolia

Black Tupelo, Nyssa Sylvatica.  The Black Tupelo is a native deciduous tree with consistently brilliant fall color, according to UGA horticulturist Michael Dirr. Grows up to two feet per year to a height of 50’.


Tea Olive, Osmanthus Fortunei ‘Fruitlandii’ is a large, evergreen shrub known as tea olive. that grows to 20’, and features lustrous green leaves and small white fragrant flowers that bloom in Fall.

Fortune’s Osmanthus

Chinese Pistachio, Pistacia Chinensis is a tough small street tree that features brilliant fall color and grows to 35’. Adapted to urban environment. Umbrella-shaped canopy.

Chinese Pistache

Cherry, Prunus caroliniana ‘Yoshino’ is a dense shrub with glossy evergreen foliage that grows up to 36’.

Yoshino Cherry

Bald Cypress, Taxodium distichum is a deciduous conifer that is best used as a beautiful specimen tree. Leaves are fine textured. Golden fall color. Bald cypress is a swamp dweller, so it likes moist soils.


American Elm, Ulmus Americana ‘Princeton’ is a disease-resistant cultivar of the American Elm, once the most elegant and common street tree in the US until it was attacked by Dutch Elm disease in the mid-20th century. Known for its vase shape that made it so valuable as a street tree.

American Elm ‘Princeton’


Chaste Tree, Vitex agnus-castus ‘Shoal Creek’ is a tough, fast-growing, multi-trunked small tree that blooms prolifically in the summer. Its spiky, purple flowers attract hummingbirds, bees and butterflies. Interesting alternative to crape myrtle. Grows to 15’ tall.



For more information on exhibiting, donating for the silent auction, or becoming a Tree Fair sponsor, contact Billy Paugh, Community Forestry Coordinator
or call the ACC Central Services at (706)613-3561.

Thanks to the following partners, sponsors, volunteers, and donors of door prizes past and present:
ACC Landscape Management Division
Community Tree Council
ACC  Leisure Services
ACC Stormwater
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service
New Urban Forestry
Georgia Forestry Commission
Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful