“Arbor Day is about the special tradition of planting and caring for trees – something Grange Co-op knows a lot about. We have always been dedicated to giving back to our community, and providing trees is a natural expression of this dedication. Planting and caring for trees is a lost tradition and we need to be more aware of their value for upcoming generations. When we plant a tree we are cleaning the air, beautifying neighborhoods, providing wildlife habitat, and making our community better for our children,” said Barry Robino, CEO of Grange Co-op.
To receive a free tree, people can visit the Arbor Day display set up in each store. This year Grange Co-op is offering four seedling varieties: Vine Maple, Western Redbud, Kousa Dogwood and Western Dogwood.
Vine Maple (Acer circinatum) - Vine maple is a native, deciduous shrub or small tree that ranges between ten to twenty feet. The leaves are round to cordate, usually seven to nine centimeters long, pointed, and double toothed. The flowers are white petals in small loose clusters emerging with the leaves. The bark is thin, smooth, and greenish becoming bright reddish brown. Acer circinatum occurs in the Pacific Northwest ranging from the Cascade Mountains to southern British Columbia to northern California. Source: https://plants.usda.gov
Western Redbud (Cercis occidentalis) - Beautiful in all seasons, this highly ornamental small tree is covered with masses of brilliant rose-purple blossoms in early spring. Rounded heart-shaped leaves emerge apple green, aging to blue-green. Long seed pods ripen to purple-brown in summer. Foliage provides excellent fall color. Smooth silvery-gray branches are picturesque in the winter landscape. Source: www.monrovia.com
Kousa Dogwood (Cornus kousa) - Dogwood trees are widely known for their delicate beauty, and the kousa variety adds a toughness that makes this species an excellent choice for home landscapes and urban areas. The tree also makes a visual contribution year-round. In spring, it produces a heavenly array of star-like blooms. In summer, its intriguing canopy of layered branches provides shade and beauty. In autumn, it offers spectacular bright red color. Even in winter, this tree has an appeal all its own with bark that resembles a jigsaw puzzle. Source: www.arborday.org
Western Dogwood (Cornus nuttallii) - Pacific (Western) dogwood is a small native tree species (to 20 m tall) that is found along the Pacific Coast of North America from California to British Columbia (USDA 2010). In British Columbia, it is found in the southwestern corner of the province, both on the mainland and on Vancouver Island. It occurs on mesic, nitrogen-rich forest soils, and is a relatively common part of the shrub layer in mixed and coniferous forests in the region. During spring flowering, this species is readily visible along forest edges prior to full leaf out. The large showy 'flowers' are distinctive and eye-catching. The 4-7 large white or pink-tinged 'petals', however, are actually bracts. The actual flowers are tiny (1.5-2 cm wide), greenish-white (usually purple-tinged or purple-tipped), and occur in clusters in the center, framed by the large bracts. The oval leaves are opposite, and have characteristic 'Cornus' veins that curve parallel to the leaf edge. Source: http://linnet.geog.ubc.ca/Atlas/Atlas.aspx?sciname=Cornus+nuttallii
Established in 1872, Arbor Day is an annual observance that celebrates the role of trees in our lives by promoting tree planting and care. It started in Nebraska City, Nebraska, by J. Sterling Morton with more than one million trees planted in just one day. “Each generation takes the earth as trustees.” J. Sterling Morton Source: www.arborday.org
Grange Co-op, founded in 1934, has grown steadily over the last eight decades to include eight retail stores, a grain elevator, agronomy center and a CFN cardlock fueling station. For more information about Grange Co-op, please visit its website at www.grangecoop.com
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