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New trees take root at Rec Center

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    Debora Marzec looks on as four enthusiastic children—Jennifer, Jenny, Chris and Omar—water a peach tree that they worked hard to plant.
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    From left to right: Jennifer, Omar, Jenny and Chris place mulch at the trunk of the wild peach tree they just planted.
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    Alexander (left) and Alina (right) Zavala paint leaves and pine cones as one of the activities offered at the Texas Arbor Day planting event. Photos by Julianne Hodges

Elgin Parks & Recreation celebrated Texas Arbor Day—celebrated annually on the first weekend of November—by bringing a diverse set of new trees to the area around the Elgin Recreation Center.

Volunteers helped to plant a total of 34 trees, all but four of which are fruit-bearing. Another eight trees were on their way to be planted in the par in the following week.

The trees with edible fruit were: three assorted citrus trees, one pineapple guava, four loquats, two Keiffer pears, one Hosui pear, two Anna apples, one chocolate persimmon, one snowdrift crabapple, five wild peaches, three figs, one Aronia Autumn Magic, two elderberries, two pomegranates and one Pakistan mulberry. The non-edible flowering trees were one mimosa, two stellar pink dogwoods and a loblolly pine.

These trees are part of the Rec Center’s new Edible Arbor Walk, which is intended to provide shade and an education opportunity about fruit for passers-by.

More information on the Edible Arbor Walk and the city’s “Park of All Seasons” project is available at www.elgintx.com/1039/Park-of-all-Seasons. The Friends of Elgin Parks is currently accepting donations to fund additional trees to be planted; many of the trees planted were either funded through monetary donations or were home-grown trees that were donated.