Arbor Day in South Carolina, which is observed on the first Friday in December, is the only holiday that celebrates the future. This year the Orangeburg County Soil and Water Conservation District planted five redbud trees at five schools in Orangeburg County: Edisto Elementary, Carver-Edisto Middle, Edisto High, Hunter-Kinard-Tyler Middle and Orangeburg Preparatory Lower Campus.
The redbud tree at Edisto High School was planted in the arboretum, which was begun several years ago by the Future Farmers Association.
The redbud trees were chosen because they are early-blooming trees. They provide pollen and nectar to early emerging pollinators on the first warm days of spring. This tree is an understory tree in the forest. It may not be tall, but the fuchsia colored flowers that emerge from the trunk, branches and stems of the tree make it highly visible in the spring before most trees put out any new leaves. The leaves of the tree are heart shaped and emerge after the tree has flowered.