Arbor Day is upon us this Friday, April 26th , and we—at Conover Insurance—would like to use the occasion to celebrate our timber friends.
Some backstory on Arbor Day: The official purpose of this nationally declared holiday is to encourage people to plant new trees. “Trees provide the very necessities of life itself. They clean our air, protect our drinking water, create healthy communities, and feed the human soul. But these life necessities are threatened around the globe.” – arborday.org In an attempt to combat the various threats posed to existing trees, aborday.org has set a goal: to inspire 100 million trees planted in forests and communities throughout the nation by the year 2022, the 150th anniversary of the holiday. The very first American Arbor Day was celebrated in 1872, during which, an approximated one million trees were planted in the predominantly barren prairie state of Nebraska. President Teddy Roosevelt was a notable champion of Arbor Day, having once famously said regarding the holiday, “A people without children would face a hopeless future; a country without trees is almost as hopeless.” (source)
In honor of the 147th Arbor Day, we’ve compiled a short list of the easiest—and safest— types of trees to plant and care for on residential properties.
- Dogwood Trees
Dogwoods are modestly sized trees, usually only growing to be between 20 and 30 feet tall. In the spring, these trees “explode with white (or sometimes pink/red) bracts centered with small clusters of yellow flowers” (source)
- Tulip Trees
The tulip—or “white/yellow poplar”—is a breed of magnolia. Tulip trees don’t usually bloom for the first fifteen years after planting, but can live for 300 years. They are pliable to extreme climates—both hot and cold—and are renowned for their beautiful golden hues. “In good growing conditions, the oldest trees can be 200 feet high, but typically, they are between 100 and 150 feet.” (source)
- Saucer Magnolia Trees
Another type of magnolia tree, the saucer magnolia is named for the large, saucer-like flowers that bloom on their branches. They can grow to be 30 feet tall at their largest, growing at a rate of 13 to 24 inches per year. (source)
- Sugar Maple Trees
Described as a “landscape standout”, sugar maple trees can develop to be 75 feet tall. In autumn, the sugar maple “puts on a show, with leaves turning yellow, burnt orange and red.” (source)
- Weeping Cherry Trees
The weeping cherry tree can reach heights of up to 30 feet. Their branches extend all the way to the ground. And each spring, weeping cherries flourish, blooming hundreds of thousands of popcorn-like white and/or pink flowers per tree. (source)
So this Arbor Day, consider planting a tree. Or just hug a tree of your choosing. It’s the very least you could do.
written by Hallie Morrow