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TreesUpstate has given away over 10,000 trees!  And we’re giving away another 5000+ this planting season!

TreesUpstate has given away over 10,000 trees thanks to grants from the Duke Energy Foundation.  And with grants from the Arbor Day Foundation and TD Bank, N.A., we’ve already given away 1,250 trees! 


Sponsored by Duke Energy’s Energy Saving Trees program, we will give away 500 trees for South Carolina’s Arbor Day!

    • Friday 12/3 from 12pm – 2pm
    • Saturday 12/4 from 9am – 11am
    • 500 Trees are available
    • 300 of those are available for pre-registration, 100 available first-come, first-serve each day.
    • Available: redbud, red maple, pawpaw, persimmon, Eastern red cedar, tulip poplar, blackgum, overcup oak, swamp chestnut oak, nuttall oak, baldcypress
    • Any tree fits in any car!


TreesUpstate’s Energy-Saving Trees and Storm ReLEAF

TreesUpstate is a 501 c3 founded in 2005.  This is a TreesUpstate program made possible by a grant from The Duke Energy Foundation.  Trees help save on energy, reduce utility bills, and help clean the water and air throughout the Upstate. Thanks to Duke Energy, TreesUpstate has given away over 10,000 trees!

Our next Energy Saving Tree giveaway, presented by Duke Energy, will be on Friday 12/3 and Saturday morning 12/4.  Check back for more information on location and times.

Grow benefits that last a lifetime.

  • Reduce energy costs
  • Improve air and water quality
  • Reduce air pollution
  • By planting the right tree in the right place, you can reduce energy consumption by up to 20% each year.


What tree species are available? A variety or urban hardy trees are available.  Check back in the fall of 2021 for a species list.

Will they fit in my car?  Yes

Do I need a truck or trailer to pick them up? No

How many trees can we get? 2 per household

How big will they get at maturity?  Mature height and width vary by species.  Medium trees by definition are up to 50′ tall.  Large canopy trees are > 50′ tall.  If you do not have an overhead utility conflict, height is not applicable.  All of these trees are urban hardy.  

Does it matter where I live?  These trees will be available to everyone in Oconee, Anderson, Pickens, Greenville, and Spartanburg Counties.

How do I plant the tree? We provide a planting instructions tag with every tree. You can also review tree planting resources on our Resources Page

How can I calculate how much energy I can save with a new tree? Go to i-Tree is a free online software that helps calculate the economic value of trees. 

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Energy Saving Trees is a program of the Arbor Day Foundation.  This program is locally  administered by TreesUpstate and presented by Duke Energy.