Arbor Day Celebration

NEWTON, NC (April 30, 2019)—Newton will celebrate Arbor Day with the planting of a Kwanzan cherry tree at Central Cemetery.

The Arbor Day Celebration begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 4, at Central Cemetery, which is located near the intersection of South Ervin Avenue and Stadium Avenue with an entrance on East B Street.

The Newton Tree Board, which organizes the annual celebration, selected a Kwanzan cherry tree for planting this Arbor Day. The tree has double pink flowers and a vase-shaped form with a rounded crown that spreads with age, making the tree wider than it is tall at maturity. New leaves are bronze colored, turning to dark green then yellow, orange or copper in fall. The tree is a fruitless cultivar. The Kwanzan cherry tree prefers a site with full sun and loose, well-drained soil with plenty of moisture. It is somewhat tolerant of alkaline soil and drought but is sensitive to pollution and stresses in general.

Newton is pleased to have been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA during each of the past nine 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.