NEBRASKA CITY, Neb. - Residents of Louisiana can ring in the New Year with five free crape myrtle trees by joining the Arbor Day Foundation any time during January 2014.

“These small flowering trees will provide any landscape in Louisiana with a splash of color for much of the year,” said founder of the Arbor Day Foundation John Rosenow. “Members will experience pink and red flowers in the spring, green foliage in the summer and a mix of red, orange and yellow during autumn.”

The free trees are part of the nonprofit Foundation's Trees for America campaign.

The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting, between Feb. 1 and April 30 with enclosed planting instructions.

The 6- to 12-inch tall trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge.

Members will also receive a subscription to the Foundation's colorful bimonthly publication, Arbor Day, and The Tree Book, which includes information about tree planting and care.

Send a $10 membership contribution to 5 CRAPEMYRTLES, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410, by Jan. 31, 2014.

Louisiana residents can also join online at arborday.org/january.