SIKESTON - Orders will be accepted for trees for the City of Sikeston's Treebute program through Oct. 25.
Trees may be purchased as memorial gifts for friends or family members or as living gifts in honor of birthdays, anniversaries or other special occasions.
The trees will be planted in the Recreation Complex, Roberta Rowe Park, Veterans Park and on Allen Boulevard. This year, the program is expanded to include memorial trees for Malone Avenue, particularly in the downtown area, to replace trees destroyed by storms.
Seven varieties of shade trees are being offered for the Recreation Complex and both parks, ranging in price from $60 to $75. They include southern red oak, white oak, post oak, river birch, green ash, sugar maple and sycamore. For Allen Boulevard, flowering crabapple trees are offered for $65 and flowering cherry trees for $70.
All trees are landscape size trees with a 1-inch caliper. A centurian crabapple with a 3-inch caliper is offered for Malone Avenue for $190. The price of each tree includes a $10 administrative fee for the Treebute program.
Honorees and donors for trees planted in the Recreation Complex are recognized on a special Treebute map of the Complex located near the Ingram Road entrance. At Veterans Park, Roberta Rowe Park, Allen Boulevard and Malone Avenue, honorees will be recognized with a plaque placed beside the tree. All donors, honorees or their families will receive a certificate suitable for framing in acknowledgement of their donated tree.
Since 1990, 182 trees have been donated to the various parks and Allen Boulevard through the Treebute program. For more information or to order a tree, call Jiggs Moore at 471-6070 or 472-3775.