Arbor Day

The City of Boca Raton’s annual Arbor Day Celebration is going pseudo-virtual this year with a month-long interactive event. Throughout the month of October, those recreating in City parks will be encouraged to take a photo with their favorite tree and share it on social media using the hashtag #lovebocatrees. This initiative is in conjunction with the commemoration of the City’s 40th year boasting the “Tree City USA” designation through the National Arbor Day Foundation.

The City of Boca Raton selects the month of October to celebrate Arbor Day annually, with a Proclamation and a tree planting ceremony involving City Council and local schoolchildren. In honor of Arbor Day this year, trees will be planted in four parks around the City for residents to visit: Boca Isles Park, Meadows Park, Boca Tierra Park, and Countess de Hoernle Park. Throughout the month of October, residents are encouraged to snap a photo with the new trees or your favorite tree in the City to commemorate Arbor Day. Share your photos with us on social media using #lovebocatrees!

If you are inspired by the new trees and Boca Raton’s Arbor Day Celebration, but choose not to share a photo on social media, we encourage you to send us your tree-inspired art in any medium. Submissions can be sent to sustainability@myboca.us before midnight October 31, 2020. All submissions are eligible to receive a commemorative Arbor Day sticker (while supplies last).  

MEET OUR NEW 2020 TREES!

tree 1 - boca isles

BOCA ISLES PARK (1430 SW 2nd Ave)

LIGNUM VITAE - The Lignum vitae (Guaiacum sanctum) typically does not get taller than 15 or 20 feet in height and grows slowly. However, the wood is one of the most dense in the world and sinks in water! Lignum vitae literally means Tree of Life. The wood is extremely resistant to decay and has been used for propeller shafts, ball bearings, guitar picks and ornamental pieces. As the National Flower of Jamaica, the small purple blossoms appear in the spring. It is considered an endangered species.

tree 2 - meadows park

MEADOWS PARK (1300 NW 8th St)

LIVE OAK - The live oak is the most recognized tree in Florida as it is found throughout the state. Growing to heights of sixty feet or more, the spread is often greater. The beautiful hardwood is used for cabinets, furniture, flooring, and a myriad of other items. The acorns are food for insects, birds and small mammals. Quercus virginiana is also a very long-lived tree with some individuals reaching hundreds of years old.

tree 3 - boca tierra

BOCA TIERRA PARK (2601 NW 43rd St)

ROYAL POINCIANA - The Royal Poinciana has several common names including Flame Tree and Flamboyant. Its botanical name is Delonix regia. The tree can reach heights of fifty feet; and be up to seventy feet wide. Although relatively ordinary looking in fall and winter, it is spectacular in the early Spring through the summer when beautiful clusters of orange flowers appear. If you look closely, one petal of each flower is white. The seed pods are long and brown.

tree 4 -DE HOERNLE PARK

COUNTESS DE HOERNLE PARK (1000 NW Spanish River Blvd)

BALD CYPRESS - The Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum) is found throughout the state (except the Keys) and can reach heights over one hundred feet. Although associated with water, Cypress can grow under most conditions. Even though a conifer species, they are not evergreen and the leaves turn reddish brown in the early autumn before falling. The heartwood has anti-fungal properties making it useful for doors, timber, fence posts, and canoes.

Trees provide countless benefits!

Trees clean our air and water and make us healthier. Trees mitigate climate change by removing carbon emissions and help adapt to the impacts of climate by cooling temperatures, managing stormwater, and saving electricity. Trees improve communities by raising property values and reducing crime. And, of course, trees provide homes for wildlife.

Learn more from the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Facts page.

If you are interested in learning about the values of the trees currently in your yard or designing your plantings to maximize benefits, try out some of the tools available from iTree, a free product of the USDA Forest Service.

  • The My Tree tool will ask for basic information about the species, size, and condition of your tree and give you a snapshot of benefits including carbon removal, energy savings, and stormwater captured.
  • The iTree Design tool can help you understand where on a property to place trees and the benefits of the tree over time. 

Trees are valuable and it is important to care and maintain them to maximize those benefits. Learn how to properly choose, plant, prune and otherwise maintain resilient sustainable trees on the City’s Sustainable Tree Maintenance page.