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For Arbor Day, a Tree Planting 5 Years in the Making

One tiny tree's short story of survival, and an open invitation to tell us what your favorite tree is.

This dogwood is finally getting planted. Credit: Gary Jeanfaivre
This dogwood is finally getting planted. Credit: Gary Jeanfaivre
She survived the cold, salty flood waters of Hurricane Irene. The occasional accidental whip from the dog's runner — including one time that left her with a broken little limb. And she made it through transport to three different temporary homes.

"She" is a dogwood sapling that was among 10 I received for joining the Arbor Day Foundation (Yep, 10 trees for 10 bucks!).

That was five years ago, almost to the day. And she's been in a small pot since then, growing slowly but surely.

Today, as many communities across the United States hold celebrations to mark Arbor Day, my little baby will finally be placed in her permanent home. With help from my 2-year-old son, I will plant her in our yard in Sandy Hook, the Connecticut town where my wife and I laid down roots last year with the purchase of our first home.

I am still amazed that my little dogwood has made it this far. It's truly a testament to the resiliency of trees, and nature in general. There's probably some deep message inherent in that reality, but I'll leave that to you to think about rather than getting all philosophical here.

Today is all about celebrating trees! And I love them, all of them. But my favorite is the weeping willow, followed closely behind by the white birch.

What's your favorite tree? And how are you celebrating Arbor Day?

Share your answers in the comments, and if you have a pic of your favorite tree, post it to the Town Square community bulletin board, in the "Conversations" section of your local Patch.

T. April 26, 2014 at 08:09 PM
I also received ten tree's this year after donating, I never requested the trees but received them anyway.. I was surprised when they arrived.. I will plant them soon and when they start getting larger will see if anyone wants any of them. I might keep one or two. Right now they are just small twigs but I am looking forward to taking care of them and watching them grow.
Jonathan Hale April 27, 2014 at 08:11 AM
I am a certified Arborist for The Care of Trees serving the mid- Westchester area and have dedicated over 20 years helping Westchester homeowners preserve and nurture their trees and landscapes. I certainly am encouraged as I participate in Arbor Day events and learn of the real enthusiasm that Westchester residents have for trees and nature in general. These are some of our most precious resources.

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