By Lenny C. Lepola

April 30, 2014

Members of the Village of Sunbury Tree & Landscape Commission held an Arbor Day celebration on Saturday, and capped the event with the planting of a Sargent Crabapple at Evening Park. From left are Sunbury Village Administrator David Martin, Arborist and Tree Commission Secretary Aaron Noblet, Sunbury Village Councilman David Miller, Tree Commission member Rosie Miller, Village Resident Warren Owen, Tree Commission Vice-Chair Dan Shaw, and Tree Commission Chair Paul Kitzmiller.

On Saturday members of the Village of Sunbury Tree & Landscape Commission held a workshop in Council Chambers, Sunbury Town Hall. An Arbor Day commemorative tree planting session followed the workshop at Evening Park in Sunbury.

ISA certified arborist and member of the tree commission Aaron Noblet presented a workshop on Care of Urban Trees. During the brief planting ceremony, Sunbury council member David Miller read a Mayoral Proclamation in recognition of Arbor Day.

On Saturday morning members of the Village of Sunbury Tree & Landscape Commission held an Arbor Day Celebration.

Following Noblet’s presentation, those in attendance moved to Evening Park, where they planted a Sargent Crabapple.

The Sargent Crabapple grows slowly to 6 feet to 10 feet tall with a 6-foot to 12-foot spread that exceeds its height. At maturity the tree exhibits profuse clusters of small white fragrant flowers in the spring that are followed by red berries that persist into winter. Birds love the fruit. New leaves are light green, later turning to darker green.

A recent press release issued by the Arbor Day Foundation noted that Sunbury has once again been named a Tree City USA Community by the foundation to honor its commitment to community forestry.

The Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Forrester’s and the USDA Forest Service sponsors the Tree City USA Program.

For more information about the Tree City USA program go to < >.

The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information is available at < >.