If you go
Adult volunteers are invited to help wrap trees on April 12 from 4:30 to 9 p.m. The packing site is Ballard Ambulance, 1028 N. Wenatchee Ave. Wear sturdy shoes, and bring gloves and a jacket. There will be a 7 p.m. break for pizza and door prizes.
On April 14, trees will be distributed from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Walla Walla Point Park, Shelter No. 2.
Trees will also be distributed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at these sites:
<> Martin’s Marketplace, 130 Titchenal Road in Cashmere
<> Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery, 12790 Fish Hatchery Road
<> Entiat City Hall, 14070 Kinzel St.
<> The Market Place, 21318 Highway 97 in Orondo
Trees and shrubs will be distributed for a $2 donation.
The Greater Wenatchee Arbor Day Committee of 2018 has thoughtfully selected seven species with smaller yards and more open spaces in mind.
The committee wants to take advantage of the new awareness of firewise landscaping. Except for the Austrian Pine and Larch, all of this year's trees and shrubs are included on lists of firewise landscaping plants. They are not inflammable, but, if properly cared for, are less likely to add ready fuel to a fire because they are light and airy and do not build up heavy layers of needles or leaves. The deciduous trees are more fireproof than conifers with needles because the green leaves are moist.
Some of the plants are bare root and will have to be planted as soon as possible, preferably within two or three days. Others are “plugs” that are in a small container with a bit of soil and should be planted within a week.
We ask for a $2 donation per tree so we can purchase plants for Arbor Day next year.
Western Larch (Larix occidentalis)
This tall, slender tree grows quickly to 70 feet. The deciduous needles turn golden in autumn before they fall off. Soft green needles appear in early spring. Cones appear in late summer. It is not drought tolerant.
Austrian Pine (Pinus Nigra)
This tree is a moderate size and grows very fast in ideal situations to 60 feet tall and 40 feet wide. It is drought hardy and is often used as a Christmas tree. It provides shelter for birds and small mammals. This tree holds its lower branches so is ideal as a wind break.
Sugar Maple (Acer Saccharum)
This is a large, deciduous tree that grows moderately fast. It is a source of maple sugar. Most people grow this tree for its splendid red, yellow and orange fall colors. It is not drought tolerant.
Western Paper Birch (Betula papyrifera var. commutate)
This tree is a native hardwood that can grow as tall as 80 feet. It is not drought tolerant and prefers moist soil. The bark turns white and peels in long, papery horizontal strips. Bullock’s orioles build their elongated, airy nests in this tree.
Flowering Lilac (Syringa vulgaris)
Fragrant spring flowers appear on this shrub, which grows 15 feet high and 12 feet wide. It spreads by suckers. Prune in June to promote flowering next year. It is drought tolerant and can be grown as a hedge, windbreak or soil stabilizer.
Serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia)
This native shrub grows to 20 feet high. It stabilizes soil and is drought hardy. The purple berries can be eaten by people but are relished by birds and mammals. It is one of the first flowering shrubs in the spring, and you can see the white blooming shrubs dotting the hills in North Central Washington. The fall color is purple.
Red Flowering Currant (Ribes sanguineum)
This shrub has vibrant pink spring blooms. It grows about 8 feet tall and 10 feet wide. It is drought tolerant. The plants are mostly grown to provide food for wildlife. It creates a beautiful naturally shaped hedge. The leaves turn bright yellow in the fall.
A WSU Master Gardeners of Chelan County column appears weekly in The Wenatchee World. Bonnie Orr is one of four columnists featured.
How to plant a healthy tree
<> Because lawns are watered too much and too often, trees do not thrive when planted in the center of a lawn.
<> When planting within grass-covered landscapes, it’s recommended to remove the grass at least 3 feet from the trunk and root collar in all directions and cover this dirt with a mulch material such as wood chips.
<> Always look up before you plant. The minimum height of overhead utility wires is 25 feet. If planting under utility wires, make sure the mature height of what you are planting is not taller than 25 feet. Trees or shrubs contacting overhead power lines can be a public safety hazard and also affect service reliability, therefore utility companies top or side prune trees to achieve safe clearance distances.
<> Most trees and shrubs prefer full sun.
<> Many times a shrub is a better choice for a yard than a tree. We have beautiful views in this area, and a shrub that grows only to 20 feet will provide privacy and preserve both your and your neighbor’s views. Tall trees are often topped to create views. This is an unacceptable practice that weakens the health of the tree and destroys its natural shape. Topping creates dangerous, diseased trees.
— Bonnie Orr, WSU Master Gardener