(October 4, 2013) If your yard boasts the biggest, best tree in town, don’t hide in the shade. Tell the City of Frisco about it.
Nominate your favorite for the title of ‘Champion of Frisco.’ Two impressive trees will earn that title at next month’s annual Arborfest.
Don’t underestimate the competition. The City of Frisco has added 11,000 new trees to public land since 2000, and building regulations require the planting of new trees for each home built in this fast-growing community. For the current contest, the Parks and Recreation Department is focusing specifically on the willow and the pecan, the state tree of Texas.
Arborfest, set for Nov. 2, is organized by the Urban Forestry Board. The volunteer board’s mission is to help ensure protection of existing trees while encouraging proper selection, planting methods and maintenance of new trees. The event also will feature a ceremonial tree planting.
Winners of the 11th annual tree competition will receive plaques to display near their champion trees. Nominees for the champion title must be on private property within Frisco city limits, and the entries must be received by Oct. 25. The Urban Forestry Board will select winners based on size, but also unique characteristics.
Bob Johnson, manager of parks services, said many of the city’s oldest and largest trees are in the sections of town that were settled first, close to City Hall. But Johnson said he also has seen bur oaks that are probably 200 years old in the newer Starwood development. While live oaks are perhaps the most popular tree to plant in new yards these days, hackberries and cedar elms are the most common native trees to the area, he said.
For additional information on how to nominate a tree, visit the website or call 972-292-6511. Arborfest, which is free and open to the public, begins at 9 a.m. on Nov. 2 at Frisco Commons Park, 8000 McKinney Road. The Frisco Garden Club also plans to participate.