Mitchell’s Shade For Everyone

Community Tree Giveaway
Saturday, April 13 | 9am | Union Station
Mitchell's Shade logo featuring a tree with Mitchell's face silhouetted in the canopy while children play and read in the shade of the tree.

Mitchell’s Shade For Everyone
Community Tree Giveaway
Saturday, April 13 | 9am | Union Station
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Scissortail Park’s Mitchell’s Shade tree giveaway is made possible by the vision and generous support of Melanie and John Burn. The Burns family established Mitchell’s Shade Endowment to fund an annual tree giveaway in honor and memory of their son Mitchell.

Mitchell Burns loved shade trees and parks. As a member of the Youth Leadership Exchange in his junior year of high school, Mitchell worked with local city government officials on the creation of Scissortail Park in downtown OKC. The Burns family, and indeed the world, lost Mitchell’s bright joyful light far too early. His loving family could think of no better way to honor his legacy than to establish Mitchell’s Shade, a community program designed to bring people together to celebrate life, honor a loved one, and put a bit of color, shade and oxygen back into our world through a tree giveaway at Scissortail Park.

The tree giveaway is in loving memory of John Mitchell Burns (May 10, 1996 – June 23, 2023), a lover of parks, a friend to the forgotten, a champion of all mankind.

“The true meaning of life is to plant a tree under whose shade you do not expect to sit.”
 ~ Nelson Henderson

Scissortail Park extends its warmest thanks to the Burns family for their vision and support of an event that honors their son and, over time, will help create canopies of beauty and shade throughout Oklahoma City.

Please consider a donation, of any size, to Mitchell’s Shade Endowment below. Your support will further increase the number of trees  given away each year to green and shade all neighborhoods throughout Oklahoma City.

Community Tree Giveaway Details:

  • Giveaway starts at 9am on Saturday, April 13, 2024.
  • Line forms at the tent located on the sidewalk west of Union Station (near S. Hudson and SW 7th St.) and will extend north on the sidewalk along S. Hudson Avenue.
  • Trees available while supplies last.
  • One (1) tree per adult.
  • FREE Mitchell’s Shade T-shirts available while supplies last.
  • Must be present on Saturday, April 13 to pick up tree. 
  • Donations accepted on site.
  • Event Rain Date: Saturday, April 20 at 9am.


KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

  • The line to receive a tree forms on the sidewalk west of Union Station close to S. Hudson Avenue and SW 7th Street. The line will extend north on the sidewalk along S. Hudson Avenue. 
  • At 9am each adult in line who would like a tree will receive a ticket. One tree per adult. This ticket will be exchanged at the Check-In Tent/Table for a Tree Voucher. Please have an idea which type of tree you would like from the list on our website at scissortailpark.org/mitchellshade
  • Tickets will only be given to adults who are in line starting at 9am. Extra tickets will not be given to people holding spots for others. Please do not leave the line before exchanging your ticket at the Check-In Tent/Table or you will lose your place in line.
  • Once the pre-counted tickets are distributed, we will close the line. Trees are only available while supplies last.
  • We have limited free parking available in the gravel lot across from Union Station.
  • A “Will Call” Tent will be set up in the west parking lot at Union Station if you do not want to carry your tree to your car. You can leave your tree with an attendant and bring your car through the parking lot to pick it up.  

TREES AVAILABLE 

(while supplies last)

Small: 10′ – 25′

Crape Myrtle, Catawba
(Lagerstroemia indica ‘Catawba’)

Crape Myrtle, Country Road
(Lagerstroemia indica)

Crape Myrtle, Natchez
(Lagerstroemia ‘Natchez’)

Chaste Tree
(Vitex agnus-castus)

Nellie R. Stevens Holly
(Ilex x ‘Nellie R. Stevens’)

Sweetbay Magnolia
(Magnolia virginiana)

Winged Sumac
(Rhus copallinum)

*All trees available while supplies last.*

Medium: 25′ – 40′

Eastern Redbud
(Cercis canadensis)

 

Large: 40′ plus 

Bald Cypress
(Taxodium distichum)

Bur Oak
(Quercus macrocarpa)

Drummond Red Maple
(Acer rubrum var. drummondii)

Loblolly Pine
(Pinus taeda)

Ponderosa Pine
(Pinus ponderosa)

Post Oak
(Quercus stellata)

Sawtooth Oak
(Quercus acutissima)

Shumard Oak
(Quercus shumardii)

Southern Magnolia
(Magnolia grandiflora)

Weeping Willow
(Salix babylonica)

REVISED Tree Giveaway Map

TREE DETAILS

Trees at Mature Height and Width

Bald Cypress - Mature Height 50 to 70 feet - Mature Width 20 to 30 feet

Bald Cypress
Taxodium distichum

Chaste Tree - Mature Height 10 to 15 feet - Mature Width 10 to 15 feet

Chaste Tree
Vitex agnus-castus

Drummond Red Maple - Mature Height 40 to 60 feet - Mature Width 40 to 60 feet

Drummond Red Maple
Acer rubrum var. drummondii

Loblolly Pine
Pinus taeda

Nellie R. Stevens Holly
Ilex x ‘Nellie R. Stevens’

Shumard Oak
Quercus shumardii

Crape Myrtle, Catawba
Lagerstroemia indica ‘Catawba’

Crape Myrtle, Country Road
Lagerstroemia indica

Redbud - Mature Height 20 to 30 feet - Mature Width 10 to 20 feet

Eastern Redbud
Cercis canadensis

Crape Myrtle, Natchez - Mature Height 15 to 25 feet - Mature Width 10 to 15 feet

Crape Myrtle, Natchez
Lagerstroemia ‘Natchez’

Sawtooth Oak
Quercus acutissima

Southern Magnolia
Magnolia grandiflora

Sweetbay Magnolia
Magnolia virginiana

Weeping Willow
Salix babylonica

SEEDLING DETAILS

Trees at Mature Height and Width

Bald Cypress - Mature Height 50 to 70 feet - Mature Width 20 to 30 feet

Bald Cypress
Taxodium distichum

Ponderosa Pine
Pinus ponderosa

Bur Oak
Quercus macrocarpa

Post Oak
Quercus stellata

Winged Sumac
Rhus copallinum

10 Tree Planting and Maintenance Tips

  • Check with local utilities before planting.
  • Plant small trees (30 feet tall or less) at least 10 feet from your home’s foundation and utility lines; plant large trees (30 to 70 feet tall) at least 15 feet away.
  • Dig your hole at least twice as wide and only just as deep as the root ball. 
  • Make sure that the root flair of the tree, or where the roots start to emerge horizontally from the trunk of the tree, is level with the native soil. The root flair can sometimes be several inches below the soil in the trees’ pot. This excess soil can be either scrapped away or the tree can be planted slightly higher.
  • Backfill the hole with native soil. Amending backfill with compost provides little help and in most soils can even harm tree growth in the long run. 
  • Water new tree well and continue to keep soil moist for several months. Keeping a newly planted tree well-watered through its first summer is especially important. You can then reduce watering to deep soaks during periods of drought. 
  • Stake new trees loosely so they can move in the wind but not blow over or uproot. Trees that can bend and flex in the wind will develop stronger trunks. 
  • Mulch around trees and remove any turf up to the dripline or edge of the tree branches growth around the tree. Use 2-3 inches of a pine bark or shredded hardwood mulch.
  • Don’t prune newly planted trees. Don’t prune or limb up branches coming from the trunk until they are at least one-half inch in diameter to maximize the tree trunk’s growth. 
  • You can fertilize your tree after one year. Don’t fertilize after planting as it can harm the tree. Newly planted trees need to focus on root growth and not foliar growth. 

Find more tree planting tips and information from our friends at Oklahoma State University Extension
Tree Planting Guide | Oklahoma State University (okstate.edu)