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Posted: Oct/11/2005 8:11 AM PST
Hello - I am so happy to find this site and hope someone can help me. My family has decided to plant a memorial tree for my dad. He lived in Sechelt BC and that is where the tree will be planted. The city had a Memorial program that offers a selection of trees and benches etc, but we like the tree.
The selection they gave us on the application is very broad and me and my brother have done some research online but still City Hall can't seem to answer our questions. You have a choice of: Ash, Dogwood, Ginko, Maple and Sequoia. There is no mention on the type though eg. Pacific Dogwood, Flowering Dogwood etc. I have emailed them to get more information but in the meantime I can only find one type of Sequoia - the giant redwoods in pictures. I thought a Pacific Dogwood would be nice becuase it's the Provincial Tree and can't be cut down, but my brother thought the hartier Sequoia would be good.
I went to Sechelt this past weekend to pick a spot. I found a great spot near the waters edge that would be perfect for a Memorial Tree I think. There is another little one planted no too far away. My problem in deciding is because it's so close to the water there is the factor of climate and weather conditions. The other trees around the evergreens and it would get protection from those but the wind can be cold and strong and with the salt air I don't know if a Dogwood could survive. WOULD ANYONE BE ABLE TO OFFER THEIR OPINION OR SUGGESTIONS - EVEN IF YOU THINK THAT ONE OF THE OTHER TREES THEY OFFERED ABOVE WOULD BE MORE SUITABLE FOR THE OCEANS EDGE THAT WOULD BE FANTANTIC. When the tree is planted we are also having a memorial plaque installed and then can have a rememberance ceremony so any quick replies would be appreciated. Thank you very much.
Posted: Oct/11/2005 5:13 PM PST
I don't see why the Pacific dogwood would not be a good choice.
From what I am reading, it is found growing on the Pacific coastline.
That would indicate to me that it is tolerant of the conditions- salt spray and hard winds.
I am partial to dogwoods so consider me biased.