Arbor Day Celebration

NEWTON, NC (April 26, 2018) - Newton will celebrate Arbor Day with the planting of a red sourwood tree at Newton City Hall.

The Arbor Day Celebration begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 28. Free refreshments and seedlings will be available for attendees. Newton City Hall is located at 401 North Main Ave.

The Newton Tree Board, which organizes the annual celebration, selected a red sourwood tree for planting because it is a native species.

A medium-sized tree, the sourwood shines in the summer and fall. Its midsummer flowers appear like lilies-of-the-valley, are highly fragrant, and contrast nicely against the green foliage. In the fall, leaves turn intensely beautiful shades of brilliant crimson, purplish-red, and sometimes yellow. The tree works well in landscaping as a specimen in a lawn, a garden feature, an ornamental addition to larger trees, or a clump in a large, open space. For honey lovers, the sourwood offers an additional bonus. Honey produced from the flowers of this tree is considered by many to be unmatched by clover, orange blossom, fireweed or any other honey.

Newton was recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA during each of the past seven years. To achieve that status, the city maintains a Tree Board, has community tree ordinances, spends at least $2 per capita on urban forestry, and celebrates Arbor Day.

For more information, call the Newton Recreation Department at 828-695-4317.