NORTH MYRTLE BEACH TREE CITY BOARD SELECTS TREE OF THE MONTH FOR JANUARY
The North Myrtle Beach Tree City Board selected an Eastern Red Cedar as its Tree of the Month for January. The tree is located on property owned by Randall and Norma Perry at 60th Avenue North and Nixon Street.
Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana) is a rugged, extremely long-lived, medium-sized evergreen tree native to eastern North America from southeastern Canada to the Gulf of Mexico and east of the Great Plains. This coniferous evergreen tree grows slowly and can reach 40 to 50 feet in height. Its bark is reddish-brown fibrous and peels off in narrow strips. The oldest reported Eastern Red Cedar was 940 years old and located in West Virginia.
The tree was on the property when the family purchased it in 1997. It is a great climbing tree and through the years children, grandchildren, and neighborhood kids have enjoyed it. The tree serves as the site for photos of family and friends.
The tree was once larger and fuller than it is today. An ice storm damaged it, causing large gaps. Many limbs were broken during the storm and had to be removed. The family still enjoys its shade and the privacy it provides.
We thank Randall and Norma Perry for preserving and caring for this tree.
Property owners and developers interested in finding more about how they can preserve trees on their property are invited to contact the North Myrtle Beach Tree City Board at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Tree of the Month program began in 2010 as a way to recognize preserved trees within the city limits. It also provides a platform to remind people of the benefits and importance that trees offer in our everyday lives.
If you think you have the biggest, prettiest, or most unusual tree in North Myrtle Beach, or that your tree has a unique story attached to it, the Tree City Board encourages you to contact Parks & Grounds Superintendent Jim Grainger at (843) 280‐5571 or via email at email@example.com
Top Photo: Provided by the Perry family and showing family members playing in the tree.
Bottom Photo, L-R: John Sloop (Tree Board), Norma Perry, Randall Perry, Dee Myers (TB), Tom Walker (TB- Chairman), Jeanette Lyon (TB). Photo by Jim Grainger.