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Arbor Day tree planting planned for local elementary school

An American Elm can grow to 60 to 80 feet tall with a trunk diameter between 2 and 5 feet. (Courtesy NC State)

As North Carolina plans to celebrate Arbor Day this Friday, area organizations will be hosting a planting at a local elementary school in New Hanover County.

The Alliance for Cape Fear Trees, City of Wilmington and Wilmington Tree Commission will gather at Annie H. Snipes Academy of Arts and Design on March 17, 1:30 p.m., to plant an American Elm. The tree can grow to 60 to 80 feet tall with a trunk diameter between 2 and 5 feet. 

According to a release from the Alliance of Cape Fear Trees, someone from each organization will give remarks on the history of Arbor Day, which dates back to the 16th century in Spain. However, it migrated to America in the 19th century, when the Nebraska board of agriculture planted an estimated one million trees in Nebraska on April 10, 1872.

National Arbor Day is celebrated the last Friday in April, but states observe it on various dates according to the region’s climate and times to best plant trees. North Carolina recognizes Arbor Day the first Friday after March 15.

The planting falls in line with Alliance for Cape Fear Trees, City of Wilmington and Wilmington Tree Commission’s goal to replenish and nurture the city’s urban canopy. 


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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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