The Jacksonports Women’s Club will continue their Tree Beautification Program again in 2015. The successful first year blooms of the trees planted from the past two years sales have already captured the attention of residents and visitors along scenic byways, back roads and small lakes with their beautiful late May blooms.
The Prairifire Crabapple was developed the late Dr. Dan Dayton, a summer resident of Jacksonport. Dr. Dayton was also a horticultural professor at the University of Illinois and worked at the Peninsular Agricultural Research Station.
Last year two new varieties of crabapple trees, chosen by Roger Opiela of Earthscapes, were added to the Tree Beautification Program. All three trees – Prairifire, Sugartyme and Purple Prince – are available this year. These trees are highly disease resistant, usually don’t exceed 20 feet in height, and hold their fruit well into fall and winter, which provides food for the birds.
Prairifire, the lead tree, is a crabapple with dark green foliage and a deep reddish-pink bloom; the foliage turns to a reddish color in the fall.
Sugartyme with pale pink buds, white flowers and dark green foliage.
“Purple Prince which has purple-bronze foliage with a rosy bloom.
The trees are priced at $60 each, with an order deadline of April 15, 2015.
A flowering Crabapple tree would make a wonderful gift for all your upcoming celebrations; birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and Mother’s Day. To order your trees or for more information call Jo Wahlen at 920.823.2032. Pick up is scheduled for late April/early May in Jacksonport.
As in the past, the JWC will partner with the Sevastopol FFA, under the direction of Dale Carlson and Mike Madden. Roger Opiela of Earthscapes and McKay Nursery will provide the trees.
The JWC supports and participates in activities and events for the improvement and betterment of the Jacksonport area community.