Uncle Sam Tree 275 61919

UPDATED, June 23: A 30-foot red sunset maple, already 20 years old and will turn bright red in the fall, now helps fill in what had been a desolate corner of Uncle Sam Plaza.

Grown by Select Horticultural Co. in Lancaster, which specializes in large trees, and planted by Matthew Foli Co. in Lexington, the tree stands where another whose roots were damaged was removed last June.

The older tree had shaded residents who sat on the nearby bench and those waiting for the traffic light.

Attending the planting, in a photo from the Tree Committee, were three members of the Arlington Tree Committee, Tree Warden Tim Lecuivre, Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine; Mike Rademacher, DPW director.

Passing by were numerous bicyclists, dog walkers and small children with their parents. Several stopped to take photos.

Work began about 9 a.m. and was complete about 10:30 on Wednesday, June 19. 

This news summary was published Wednesday, June 19, 2019. Jo Anne Preston and Susan Gilbert provided information. Updated June 24, to have the headline agree with the news copy to reflect the site's name.