When you think of trees, what state jumps to mind? California, with its redwoods? Vermont and its sugar maples? How about Nebraska? A naturally treeless prairie landscape, Nebraska is the birthplace of Arbor Day!
The holiday began with journalist Julius Sterling Morton, who moved from Detroit to Nebraska in 1854. At the time, the wide open spaces of the west weren't working out so well for pioneers — the shadeless prairie was hot in the summer, with few windbreaks to keep tilled soil from blowing right into Kansas. The solution? Plant a tree.
Morton rose to become the state secretary and helped establish the first Arbor Day on April 10, 1872. More than 1 million trees were planted across the state that day. Arbor Day became a national sensation in 1907 when President Theodore Roosevelt issued a proclamation to school children about forestry and the importance of trees. Today, all 50 states as well as other countries around the world, recognize Arbor Day in some manner.
Fun facts about trees
Trees can be male, female or both
Trees and shrubs can increase property value by 14%
Trees placed around your property can reduce air conditioning by 30%
An average-sized tree produces 260 pounds of oxygen per year. That means two trees supply enough oxygen for a family of four
Trees provide a canopy and habitat for wildlife
In one day, one large tree can lift up to 100 gallons of water out of the ground and discharge it into the air.
About one-third of the US is covered by forests
Some of Our Favorite Trees
Red Oaks (Quercus rubra) are a picturesque native oak for use as lawn and street tree with lovely russet-red to red fall color. They are tolerant of urban pollution and have a fast to medium growth rate reaching 70-80 feet.
Bur Oaks (Quercus macrocarpa) are a stately tree with very deeply ridged bark with fall color that varies from yellow-green to yellow to yellow-brown. It is one of the hardiest native oaks, more tolerant of city conditions than most. They can reach 70-80 feet tall with a slow to medium growth rate.
Triumph Elms (Ulmus x ‘Morton Glossy’) have green glossy foliage and a sturdy branching habit with nice yellow fall color. They are excellent shade or street tree with resistance to Dutch elm disease, elm leaf beetle, and leaf miner. They have a medium growth rate and will reach 50-60 feet tall.
Emerald City Tuliptrees (Liriodendron tulipifera ‘JFS-Oz’) have glossy deep green leaves that grow on sturdy branches and beautiful greenish-yellow flowers with orange centers, reminiscent of tulip flowers like the straight species. They are superior shade trees for large areas that grow 40-50 feet tall, making them smaller than the species (70-80 feet) but with the same spectacular golden yellow fall color.
So on Friday, April 29th or any day plant a tree in your yard. For any questions or how or when to plant a tree, speak to one of our experts here at The Growing Place.
Posted on 4/28/2016 at 7:49:00 AM