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Arbor Day Celebration

NEWTON, N.C. (April 13, 2017) – Newton will celebrate Arbor Day with the planting of a Carolina Silverbell tree at Newton City Hall.

The Arbor Day Celebration begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 22. Free refreshments and seedlings will be available for attendees. Newton City Hall is located at 401 North Main Ave.

The Newton Tree Board, which organizes the annual celebration, selected a Carolina Silverbell for planting because it is a native species.

Clusters of white bell-shaped flowers adorn Carolina Silverbells from late April to early May, according to the Arbor Day Foundation. The trees can be single or multi-trunked with low, ascending branching. The trees grow 30 to 40 feet high with a 20 to 35 foot spread.

Newton was recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA during each of the past six years. To achieve that status, the city maintains a Tree Board, has community tree ordinances, spends at least $2 per capita on urban forestry, and celebrates Arbor Day.

For more information, call the Newton Recreation Department at 828-695-4317.