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March 18, 2014

London to serve as kickoff for state Arbor Day celebration

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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —

The seedlings selected to be given away were chosen due to their Kentucky nativity and symbolism. The Eastern Redbud is one of these trees, known mostly for its bright pink leaves. The Northern Red Oak is another native tree that can reach heights up to 90 feet. While it needs plenty of room to grow, it will make a fine addition to London’s scenery. The medium-sized Persimmon will also be given away in its seedling form, known for its pale orange fruit that ripens in October. The Swamp White Oak seedling will also be available; it is known to be versatile as it requires low amounts of oxygen. The White Oak, which can grow to heights up to 100 feet, will also be given away as a seedling.

The tree planting initiative is a partnership between the Arbor Day Foundation and state forestry agencies, providing communities affected by severe storms with tree seedlings to help them restore forests and trees.

For more information on the upcoming event in April, contact Peter Barber at the Urban Forestry Service via peter.barber@ky.gov.

 

sbelzer@sentinel-echo.com

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