Arbor Day 2010 here in Georgia is today, Friday, February 19.
Winter is by-far the best time for planting trees in Georgia. Each year our summer brings heat and drought, and trees planted during the winter have an easier time establishing themselves before the heat arrives.
This year, it's more important than ever to enjoy doing things at home with the family. Poor economy has made expensive outings impossible for many families. Why not make lasting memories by planting a garden with your children? Let them help to select a tree, dig the hole, plant the tree, water it, and add mulch.
To help insure your tree's survival, choose a native tree. Native trees will grow better in our area, since they're well accustomed to our Georgia climate.
One native tree that is loved by children is the American Fringe Tree, Chionanthus virginicus. This tree is best known as the Grancy Graybeard, because in April, the tree is covered with blooms that look like white fluffy cotton or an old man's beard, as you can see in the above photo.
Grancy Graybeard is easy to grow, adapting to a wide variety of conditions. Drought tolerant once established, the American Fringe Tree grows and blooms well in either full sun or partial shade.
No matter which tree you choose for your garden, why not make this a tradition and plant a tree on Arbor Day weekend each year. If you have no room in your own garden for another tree, consider planting one at a local church, school, or public park. And if possible, include a child in your tree planting, thereby teaching and protecting our environment for future generations.
For more information on this splendid native tree or many others, visit Shady Gardens Nursery.