Beetree Adds to Pollinator Garden at Cates Creek Park
Monday, Dec. 4, 2017
If you missed the Town of Hillsborough’s Arbor Day celebration, be sure to check out the newly planted American basswood tree at Cates Creek Park this coming spring.
Hillsborough Tree Board members planted the tree Nov. 15, which was donated by Tree Board Member Bryan Stuart, who grew the tree for four years at his home.
The community park, located at 1445 Cates Creek Parkway, was selected for the planting to continue adding to the pollinator garden that was planted this past spring. Among the basswood’s common names is beetree, and its yellowish-white flowers that hang in clusters attract bees in early summer. Also known as American linden, the tree has heart-shaped leaves and grows 70 to 80 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet in diameter.
During the Arbor Day celebration, Justin Bennett of the U.S. Forest Service's Orange County Office presented the town with a 2017 designation as a Tree City USA. Mayor Tom Stevens also read a proclamation declaring Nov. 15 as Arbor Day and encouraging citizens to support efforts to protect trees and woodlands.
The Tree City award is presented annually to cities and towns that demonstrate a commitment to making their communities more livable by planting and caring for trees. Criteria for the award are:
- A public tree ordinance, establishing policies for street and park trees.
- A tree board or department to care for and manage the community’s trees.
- A community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita.
- An Arbor Day observance and proclamation celebrating trees and their benefits.
Hillsborough is one of 87 cities and towns in North Carolina and one of more than 3,400 in the nation to receive the Tree City USA recognition.