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Sugar Maple TreeHunterdon County
Shade Tree Commission
2017 ARBOR DAY

Held Friday, April 28, 2017
Thomas B. Conley School
940 Iron Spring Road, Asbury, NJ

The Hunterdon County Shade Tree Commission held its 18th Annual Arbor Day ceremony on Friday April 28, 2017 at 1 pm at the Thomas B. Conley School, Behtlehem Township School, located at 940 Iron Spring Road, Asbury New Jersey.

The Commission planted a Sugar Maple (Acer Saccharum) tree on school grounds. The event was free and open to the public. The Commission was joined at the ceremony by students and teachers from the Thomas B. Conley School, County and local officials and people from the public.

Acer saccharum is a deciduous tree normally reaching heights of 25–35 m (82–115 ft) tall and exceptionally up to 45 m (148 ft). When healthy, the sugar maple can live for over 400 years. The leaves are deciduous, up to 20 cm (7.9 in) long and equally wide, with five palmate lobes. The fall color is often spectacular, ranging from bright yellow through orange to fluorescent red-orange, although they look best in the northern part of its range. Sugar maples also have a tendency to color unevenly in fall. In some trees, all colors above can be seen at the same time. They also share a tendency with red maples for certain parts of a mature tree to change color weeks ahead of or behind the remainder of the tree. The leaf buds are pointy and brown-colored. The recent year's growth twigs are green, and turn dark brown.

The flowers are in panicles of five to 10 together, yellow-green and without petals; flowering occurs in early spring. The sugar maple will generally begin flowering when it is between 10 and 15 years old. The fruit is a double samara with two winged seeds. The seeds fall from the tree in autumn.

The idea for Arbor Day originally came from the state of Nebraska. On January 4, 1872, J. Sterling Morton, who was a lover of nature, proposed a tree-planting holiday to be called “Arbor Day” at a meeting of the Nebraska State Board of Agriculture. Arbor Day was officially designated a holiday in 1949 by the New Jersey state legislature. Today the most common date for the state observances is the last Friday in April, and several U.S. presidents have proclaimed a national Arbor Day on that date. Arbor Day has now spread beyond the United States and is observed in many countries of the world.

2017 ARBOR DAY TREE PLANTING

 

 

 

 

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