Shade Tree Commission Plans For 2018 Tree Sale

Members of the township Shade Tree Commission discussed the upcoming tree sale at their Nov. 16 meeting.

The township Shade Tree Commission is preparing for its 2018 tree sale.

Orders for the sale will be taken on the commission’s web site beginning Dec. 1.

The trees cost $45 each, and there is a limit of two trees per species.

Trees that will be offered for sale are Firefall Maple, Service Berry/Autumn Brilliance, Tulip Tree, Basswood/American Linden and Redbud.

Some of the characteristics of the trees are:

Firefall Maple: Excellent shade tree, excellent disease resistance, grows to about 45 feet tall by 30 feet wide, fast growing, leaves turn crimson in early Fall.

Service Berry: Understory tree or tall shrub, grows to 15-25 feet tall and 15-25 feet wide, can be a hedge tree or a single-trunk tree, early Spring white flowers then dark green leaves turn brilliant orange-red in fall. Berries can be used in jams, jellies and pies.

Tulip Tree: Grows to 60-90 feet tall and 30 feet wide, cup-shaped, tulip-like flowers in Spring, bright green leaves turn golden yellow in the Fall.

Basswood: Grows 50-80 feet tall and 30-50 feet wide, fragrant late spring flowers, noticeable winter buds, considered a pollinator.

Redbud: Grows 20-30 feet tall and 25-35 feet wide, noted for small rose-purple flowers which bloom on bare branches before foliage appears.

Sales will be limited to township residents only, and will not be permitted to commercial businesses.

Delivery should be in April, depending on the weather, said commission member Bob Hudak, who is organizing the sale.


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