La Cañada Flintridge is one tree richer. Mayor Donald Voss was joined by city and county officials Tuesday in marking La Cañada’s 22nd Arbor Day with the planting of a Catalina ironwood tree.
The planting, which took place at Mayors’ Discovery Park, is an annual event required in order for the city to maintain its designation as a Tree City USA.
“Tree City USA is a national recognition that recognizes cities for their outstanding civil cultural practices,” said Tamara Hanna, a deputy forester with the Los Angeles County Forestry Division. “It is a rigorous program. They have to re-certify annually, and it means that the cities maintain not only a certain amount of diversity, a certain amount of hardscape to greenscape. But also they have a full maintenance program, and in some cases even a growing program.”
The Catalina ironwood is a member of the evergreen family. It has small white flowers and blooms in the late spring.
— Megan O’Neil