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5:44 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Why That Free Tree Might Not Be Such A Gift

Local environmentalists want the Arbor Day Foundation to take golden rain tree, pictured here, off the list of free trees it offers to members in Missouri.
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When you join the Arbor Day Foundation, you get 10 free trees as a gift.

Some local conservationists want the foundation to rethink the offerings for St. Louis.

The foundation picks the trees based on what grows best in the climate, while avoiding invasive species. But two years ago, horticulturist Besa Schweitzer noticed that one package included golden rain tree. And that had her puzzled.

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