2010-07-29 / News

Town plants sweetgum trees for Arbor Day

Participating in Monday’s Arbor Day planting were (left to right): State Representative Deborah Ruggiero, Peter Lockwood, Betty Ann Taylor, Town Tree Warden Steve Saracino and Town Administrator Bruce Keiser. Participating in Monday’s Arbor Day planting were (left to right): State Representative Deborah Ruggiero, Peter Lockwood, Betty Ann Taylor, Town Tree Warden Steve Saracino and Town Administrator Bruce Keiser. The town’s Arbor Day tree planting took place last Monday on Meadow Lane, when two American Sweetgum trees (Liquidambar styraciflua) were placed along the road by the Jamestown Tree Preservation and Protection Committee.

Taking part in the ceremony were State Representative Deborah Ruggiero; Town Administrator Bruce Keiser; Peter Lockwood, R.I. Urban and Community Forestry Coordinator; Town Tree Warden Steve Saracino; Jim Rugh of the Jamestown Tree Preservation and Protection Committee; and Betty Ann Taylor of the Quononoquott Garden Club.

Arbor Day is a nationally celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care. Founded by J. Sterling Morton in 1872, it is often celebrated on the last Friday in April. Jamestown’s planting had to be delayed this year.

Saracino noted that these are the first sweetgums the town has planted as a street tree.

“Although they are a beautiful tree with excellent fall color, the tree drops large spiny seed pods, popularly nicknamed “gumballs,” that can litter walks and make it difficult to mow around the tree.”

He explained that newer cultivars do not produce the gumballs. The trees planted on Meadow Lane are one of these and are known as ‘Worplesdon.’ They will have orange, red and purple fall colors.

The planting on Meadow Lane was done by the town’s Department of Public Works.

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