Frequenters of Curtis Park in North Augusta, there’s some more shade headed your way.

The city celebrated Arbor Day on Friday, noting the many benefits of trees and adding a new one to the residential park.

A "Tytlest" nuttall oak, donated by Moons Tree Farm in Washington, Georgia, was planted in Curtis Park.

Roy Kibler, superintendent of property maintenance for the city and certified arborist, said what’s special about the tree is that its new growth is red. “Instead of the leaf coming out green, it’s red,” he said.

Arbor Day around the state of South Carolina is Dec. 6, but that’s based off of the best time to plant. In some other states, Kibler said, Arbor Day is in the spring.

Kibler spoke to the crowd of around a dozen or so onlookers Friday and talked about the benefits of trees.

Trees, he said, have an “impact on economic, social and physical well-being.”

The Tytlest nuttall oak now in Curtis Park is the second in the city. There is a tree of the same variety in Brick Pond Park.

Kibler said during the event that the tree would grow to be 40-60 feet tall and 40 feet wide.

The tree was planted following the program Friday. City employees got some help with the planting from a few kids in attendance, 3-year-old Keiran Babcock, 4-year-old Rowan Babcock and 5-year-old Luke Hampton Leverett. 

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Lindsey is the North Augusta reporter at the Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star. She graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2017, and grew up in Hodges, SC.