GENESEO – In honor of Arbor Day, several new trees are being planted at multiple locations across Livingston County, including in front of the county courthouse.
According to Master Gardener Julie Brocklehurst-Woods, who with Town Council Member Hop Manapol oversaw the planting project, this Concolor Fir, also known commonly as White Fir, Rocky Mountain Fir, or Colorado Fir, is a native to the West Coast and was picked to join the many other trees on the courthouse lawn due to its hardiness, beauty, and resistance to deer in winter.
“It’s a beautiful little tree,” said Brocklehurst-Woods. “It’s hardy, it’s pretty, and deer tend not to chew it as much as other evergreens. Hop has a great placement eye for gardens. It will grow to be 80 to 100 feet tall, and it will be visible headed North on Main Street once you get close to the courthouse.”
Manapol says that the tree will be decorated with lights for Christmas.
“The deer don’t usually bother spruces, but they are very prickly and therefore not so friendly in a public area,” said Brocklehurst-Woods. “This Concolor fir has soft needles, as well as some attractive blue tones.”
The Geneseo Garden Club plants a new tree every year in honor of Arbor Day.
PHOTO CAPTION: (Photo/Conrad Baker)