Celebrating Arbor Day on Seabrook Island

Happy Arbor Day! 

South Carolina celebrates the tree planter’s holiday, Arbor Day, on the first Friday in December. Arbor Day in the United States originated in Nebraska City in April 1872, when one million trees were purportedly planted in Nebraska to promote the planting, nurture and celebration of trees. Since then many states and countries have adopted the holiday and observe Arbor Day on different dates throughout the year based upon the best time to plant trees in that area.

For the last 50 years, the Arbor Day Foundation, the largest member nonprofit dedicated to planting trees, has worked to distribute almost 500 million trees throughout the world. 

Here on Seabrook Island, the Green Space Conservancy (SIGSC) is celebrating Arbor Day by planting 3 Eastern redbud trees on a sparsely covered conservation parcel on Rascal Run near the Crabbing Dock. The Seabrook Island Environmental Committee worked with SIGSC on this project, which is an example of how SIPOA and the Conservancy collaborate to better the environment.

With the assistance of Adrea Hutchinson Hughes, SIPOA’s arborist, the redbud tree was chosen because of the site’s sun and soil characteristics as well as its beauty. The trees will have dramatic rosy pink flowers in April and heart-shaped leaves that turn from a reddish color to dark green in the summer and to yellow in the fall. While conservation properties on Seabrook Island are usually left in a purely natural condition, this property will be enhanced by the planting of these trees and also provide a barrier for traffic making a short cut to the crab dock.  We hope you will enjoy the trees as you walk or bike past the property.

For more information about the Seabrook Island Green Space Conservancy, go to sigsc.net

-Submitted by Seabrook Island Green Space

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