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Rogersville Tree Board plans seedling distribution

March 2nd, 2014 4:28 pm by Jeff Bobo

Rogersville Tree Board plans seedling distribution

Among the seedlings being given away Saturday by the Rogersville Tree Board are Redbuds. (submitted photo)

ROGERSVILLE — Fourth grade students at Rogersville City School will have an opportunity to beautify their homes and yards when each of them receives a Redbud tree seedling from the Rogersville Tree Board Friday.

Prior to receiving the trees, students will be instructed in the planting and care of the seedlings.

The Tree Board will offer an additional 220 seedlings to the public on Saturday, March 8, from 10 a.m. until noon.

The seedlings will be available in the parking lot of the First Baptist Church and will include 100 willow oak trees, 100 beautyberry bushes and 20 redbud trees.

If it rains, the seedlings will be available at the Rogersville Depot at the intersection of Depot Street and Broadway Street.

Seedlings are provided by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.

The seedling give-away event will kick off Main Street’s Rogersville in Bloom program.

The Tree Board will give the seedlings away in March rather than the Arbor Day Celebration in May in order that the trees may be planted at the best time to grow and thrive.

The Tree Board along with the Rogersville in Bloom committee of the Main Street Program will hold their traditional Arbor Day Celebration with fourth and fifth graders from Rogersville City School in May.

Among the available seedlings are:

  • “Redbud” trees which grow 20 to 30 feet tall and bloom in the spring. Redbuds can be grown as specimen trees or as understory trees and are especially beautiful grouped with dogwoods.
  • The tree transplants well, so the seedlings should grow well for the young gardeners at Rogersville City School.
  • “Beautyberry” is a deciduous shrub named for the brightly colored berries that stay on the bush in the winter. A fast grower, it can be used as screen or even as a hedge.
  • The shrub has an open form and grows 3 to 6 feet tall and equally as wide. It tolerates some shade and lends itself to understory planting.
  • “Willow oak” is a relatively fast-growing and grows to be 40 to 60 feet tall with a spread of about 35 feet making it a good choice for a canopy tree in the city. 
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