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KMB offers free trees on two July dates at AMI Chamber of Commerce

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (July 5, 2023) -- Keep Manatee Beautiful is partnering with the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce to offer free trees to the public on Monday, July 17, from noon to - 5 p.m. and Tuesday, July 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The Chamber is located at 5313 Gulf Dr. N., Holmes Beach.

The three varieties of tree being distributed include:


Pigeon plum trees are a moderate-growing evergreen with a dense, columnar canopy producing small white flowers in the spring. Usually seen at 15 to 25 feet and a spread of 20 to 35 feet. Attractive bark. Native. Fruits ripen in late summer/fall and attract birds.


Silver Buttonwoods can reach a height of 15 to 20 feet and the leaf surface is dark green and leathery. The silver buttonwood is a variety that is characterized by its silver-colored leaves. This variety is especially popular in landscaping because it is relatively low-maintenance and can add a touch of elegance to any property.


Thatch palms are very slow growers, with an ultimate height of about 15 to 20 feet, with weepy fan leaves and a narrow gray trunk. Flowers are followed by green round fruit that turns white when it is ripe. Fruit is around 1-1.5 inches wide.


Trees will be given on a first-come, first-served basis and quantities are limited.



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