Pair of trees chosen as county's pick

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By Thomas Barr

            SHEPHERDSVILLE — The vote is in and it’s a tie.

            After a poll conducted by The Pioneer News, two trees have been selected as the signature trees for Bullitt County.

            Dr. Mark Wourms, executive director of Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, said that the Black Gum was the top vote-getter.

            However, he felt it would be better to have a second plant, which turned out to be the Eastern Redbud.

            The goal of the program is to get Bullitt Countians to begin planting trees which might someday evolve into a festival, similar to the Cherry Blossom festival in Washington.

            The trees each have certain characteristics that would provide color throughout the year.

            In the Black Gum, there would be a larger tree, growing to 30-50 feet in size.

            It also provides scarlet to orange in the fall with blooms from May to June.

            These are more attractive for larger yards.

            The second choice is a smaller tree which is more adaptable for residential yards. The Eastern Redbud grows to be 15-25 feet tall.

            Bloom time is in March-April with its pink flowers.

            Wourms, who is working on the project with attorney Thomas Givhan, hopes that the trees will provide some pride for Bullitt Countians and a way to beautify the community.

            With fiscal court’s approval of the two signature trees, Wourms said Bernheim Forest and Givhan would begin to work on a plan to get the trees planted.