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2010 Arbor Day Give Away In Progress

 
   

In furtherance of its tree planting initiatives begun in Colleyville in 1990, the David Bagwell Company recently kicked off its 2010 Arbor Day Give Away, an annual celebration of trees and the copious planting thereof. The first beneficiary of this year’s event was Colleyville’s Kimzey Park. No stranger to Bagwell’s munificence, the city park received several red oaks, green ash, and Swamp White Oaks as part of Bagwell’s Free Tree Jamboree in the fall of 2009. Supplementing those trees were this spring’s donation of a Yarwood Sycamore (a cross between American Sycamore and London Planetree), Nuttal Oaks, and additional Swamp White Oaks.

Years of development experience in Colleyville and adjacent Grapevine, Texas informs the types of trees David Bagwell Company grows from seed, as well as the trees it purchases from nurseries around the country. Through trial and error, Bagwell has determined appealing species that thrive in our local soils and subsequently endeavored to make those types of trees available at no cost to homeowners in the neighborhoods he develops, as well as to schools, churches, and city facilities.

 
   

On Friday, April 16, David Bagwell Company Landscape Superintendent Taylor Steele delivered 100 saplings to Environmental Science chairperson Terese DeFore of O.C. Taylor Elementary School for her tree planting workshop that day. The trees provided were 65 Swamp White Oaks and 35 native Shumard Oaks, the latter grown from acorns collected in the company’s Broughton neighborhood from the parent trees planted along the namesake entry boulevard. Being native to the northern United States, Swamp White Oak was not generally recognized as able to survive in our area until the Bagwell Company’s experimental plantings around Colleyville established it as well suited, if sufficient irrigation is provided in periods of heat and drought. Swamp White Oak has ideal characteristics for our area, mimicking the native post oak in form and dark green leaf color during spring and summer. The underside of the Swamp White Oak leaf is silvery in color, which produces an appealing aspect to the crown of the tree on windy days as the dark green upper portion of the leaves and the silvery underside are alternately revealed. At the beginning of autumn most years, Swamp White Oak offers a brief show of lovely burnt orange as the tree begins its winter rest.

On April 30, Taylor Steele will deliver 400 small trees provided at no cost to the Colleyville Garden Club’s 2010 Promenade to be offered for sale by the Colleyville Garden Club at its annual fund raising event to be held May 2, 2010. Among them will be 36” tall Sargent Oaks, a rare hybrid of Chestnut Oak and English Oak. Information about the Sargent Oak, including a photograph of a mature specimen, may be found here.

In addition, several 60” tall Winged Elm, 60” tall native Soapberry, 36” tall Turkey Oak, and 60” tall Pond Cypress like those on the east side of Colleyville City Hall are being supplied by the David Bagwell Company in support of the Colleyville Garden Club’s fund raiser.

The David Bagwell Company’s landscape crew grew from locally collected seeds other trees being made available. They include several 24” tall native Post Oak, 36” tall Chisos Oak, 24” – 60” tall Compton Oak, 30” tall Bur Oak, and 12” tall Carya Texana (the rare native black hickory), a close cousin of the more familiar Pecan but offering much more beautiful, vibrant golden fall color.

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