The Batavia Village 2017 flowering tree campaign was a success. The village gave white flowering dogwood and eastern redbud seedlings to residents who requested them, and the entire supply has been distributed. Both are native species in the neighborhood.
Residents took 150 redbuds and 150 dogwoods. Not all of them will thrive, but those that do will add color to the village in future springs.
The dogwood is a small tree with spectacular white flowers in early spring. Its red fruits are food for birds and other wildlife. The mature height and spread are 10 feet to 30 feet.
The redbud has brilliant purple flowers in early spring. Its large, dark green, heart-shaped leaves turn bright yellow in fall. Northern bobwhite and songbirds eat the seeds, and this tree provides nesting and cover for birds and small mammals. It grows to 25 feet.