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Posted on: April 7, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Arbor Day Tree Planting scheduled for Friday, April 28th at 10:00 a.m.

The Village of Palm Springs is hosting an Arbor Day Celebration where residents are invited to attend a tree-planting Ceremony! The tree will be planted at the Police Department located at 230 Cypress Lane in Palm Springs. The Village will be planting a Geiger tree (Cordia sebestena) which was damaged and nursed back to health by Village staff.

Cordia sebestena grows to a maximum height of 25-30 feet at maturity, with a nearly equal spread. The crown is round to vase-shaped. Branches tend to be somewhat drooping, and the tree is naturally multi-trunked. When only a single trunk is allowed to develop, it can attain a diameter of 12 inches.

The dense, evergreen foliage consists of dark green, leathery, alternate, ovate leaves, seven inches long, with wavy margins. These leaves are covered with small hairs, lending them a rough, "sandpapery" texture.

Flowers are produced in clusters at branch ends throughout the year, particularly in the spring and summer. They are dark orange in color, tubular and flaring (salverform) to a width of two inches. Pear-shaped fruits follow the flowers, averaging two inches in length. Fruits are fragrant and edible, but not flavorful.

The Geiger tree was named in the 1830's by John James Audubon (of bird painting fame) after John Geiger, a harbor pilot who salvaged sunken treasure off the coast of Key West with whom Audubon stayed and painted. Geiger's Key West home, which featured a beautiful geiger tree in the front yard, later became Audubon House and Tropical Gardens.

The Village has been awarded the designation of "Tree City USA" for 24 consecutive years as recognition of our on-going commitment to beautify the community with natural and native landscapes. Grab a shovel and help us plant a tree that will be enjoyed by generations to come!
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