The Essex Savings Bank’s grant of $700 has generously supported the Essex Garden Club’s special project of purchasing and planting two Japanese Maple, Acer palmatum “Bloodgood”. These trees were planted in front of the Town Hall to enhance its appearance with the graceful round shape and colorful foliage of the Japanese Maple. Though separate from the Town Campus project, these trees will complement the overall changes.
As it matures the Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’ grows to a height and spread of 20 feet. The picturesque, multiple grey sub-trucks are particularly showy on a snowy, wintery day. The foliage displays a red crimson canopy throughout the summer and fall and the bright red samaras (seed pods) add to the ornamental value of the tree. Palmatum is descriptive of the leaves which are palm like, bearing lobes that fan out from the center.
Greg Shook, President of the Essex Savings Bank told the Essex Garden Club that the Bank was very pleased and fortunate to support its mission of beautifying Essex and specifically the placement of these very special trees.