Tornado Relief Fund: Free Trees for Affected Members

Tornado Relief Fund: Free Trees for Affected Members

In the aftermath of the tornado that struck our area in June 2011, the Chamber of Central Mass South established a Tornado Relief Fund. The fund received contributions from our Members, friends, local residents and concerned citizens from as far away as California. Initial disbursements of the collected monies were donated to Chamber Members that were most affected by the storm. The Chamber is pleased to announce that the remaining funds will be used to offer a free tree to each of our Members who lost trees as a result of the tornado.

In partnership with Velvet Greene Garden Center, who have helped us select the best trees for our area and greatly extend our buying power, The Chamber is donating fifty trees, to be made available on a first come, first served basis to all Chamber Members and their employees who were affected by the tornado. There are six varieties of trees available which we will detail below. Please note there is a limit of one tree per affected property so that we will be able to help as many people as possible with this donation.

Trees will be available for pickup on the week following Mother’s Day (May 12, 2013) at

Velvet Greene Garden Center, 381 Sturbridge Road (Rte. 20), Brimfield.   

To submit a request to be considered please:

Send an email to Michael Miller at with “Chamber Trees” in the subject line.


Include the following information:

  • Your Name
  • Your Street and Town Address
  • Your Email Address
  • Your Phone Number
  • Type of Tree Requested


Trees will come in 5 gallon pots and will not require any special equipment for planting.

If you have any questions you may reach Michael Miller directly by phone at 413-245-0462.


Requests must be received by December 31, 2012.


TREE VARIETIES: (Specially selected to thrive in our zone.)


Princeton American Elm (Ulmus Americana ‘Princeton’) Height: 60-80+ ft

Dark green leaves in summer, turns yellowish in fall. Subtle flowers in spring.


‘Greenspire’ Littleleaf Linden (Tilia cordata ‘Greenspire’) Height: 50-70 ft

Conical, symmetrical crown with leathery, small, dark green leaves. Flowers attractive to bees.


Cleveland Select Flowering Pear (Pyrus Calleryana) Height: 30 ft

Dense white flowering in early spring. Purple fall coloring in some years. Does not bear fruit.


Pin Oak  (Quercus palustris) Height: 60-70 ft

Fast growing, likes full sun. Glossy dark green leaves turn russet, bronze or red.


‘Sunburst’ Honeylocust (Gleditsia triacanthos ‘Sunburst’) Height: 35 ft

Drought tolerant. Maintenance free. Tiny dark leaflets vanish into grass, eliminating raking.


‘Red Sunset’ Maple (Acer rubrum ‘Red Sunset’) Height: 40-50 ft

Turns red in fall. One of the earliest bloomers. Nectar attracts insect-eating birds.


Visit the Tornado Assistance tab for photos.


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