Sandy Springs hasn’t missed an Arbor Day yet and this Friday will be no exception.

The city has invited the public to Hammond Park on Feb. 15 to watch officials plant a Black Gum (Tupelo) tree to mark the event.

Ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. on the Glenridge side of Hammond Park located at 705 Hammond Drive.

The city also announced it has been named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for the fourth year in a row. The ceremony is one of the requirements that allows the city to keep this designation, which also gives the city points toward grant awards from the Foundation.

“The Black Gum (Nyssa Sylvatica) is a North American native which typically grows 30 to 50 feet tall,” a city press release says. “It is best known for its fall color, when the leaves morph from yellow to orange to red or purple in a matter of weeks.”

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