Friday, April 30, 2010

Arbor Day | April 30, 2010

Plant a tree today!

As both a native and current Nebraskan, I am proud to honor Arbor Day, which was founded in 1885 by Nebraskan J. Sterling Morton. Arbor Day celebrates the planting of trees.

Valley center pivot on orange trees
Interesting Facts about Trees
  • Did you know that most apple trees do not self-pollinate?  You will more than likely need to plant more than one apple tree in order for your tree to bear fruit. You may also need to cross breed for pollination to be completely effective.
  • Did you know that oak trees will not produce acorns until they are at least 20 years of age? Oak trees will produce these nuts typically in the Autumn months.
  • Did you know that the largest tree resides in California?  The Redwood (or Sequoia) averages a height of  360 feet.

What is your favorite tree and why?  Does it encourage memories of past summer days or family picnics?  Please help us celebrate Arbor Day by taking a moment to reflect on this question.  If you would like, please write your answer/story in the Comments box below!

Happy Arbor Day!