The annual Arbor Week Tree Sale sponsored by the Alabama Forestry Commission will be extended this week until all seedlings are sold, according to program organizers.

Cullman Arborist Darrell Johns said that for the first time in recent history, forestry personnel failed to sell out its allotment of trees during Thursday's sale.

"In the past we've usually sold every tree we have in just a few hours, but for some reason folks didn't show up Thursday like they have in past years. It may have been because of the weather, but whatever the reason we still have a lot of seedlings left and so we're going to extend the sale to Monday and beyond until all the seedlings have been sold," Johns said.

The 12-inch seedlings will be sold daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. "or until the last tree is sold," Johns said.

Virtually every variety of tree is still available, Johns said, including white dogwood, red maple, sawtooth oak, willow oak, swamp chestnut oak, sweetbay magnolia, crepe myrtle, vitex, plum, carbapple, Chinese pistache, spicebush and of course pines.

"All seedlings with the exception of pines sell for $1 each. We're selling pine seedlings in bunches of 10 for $1 or if you want you can buy a bag of 750 seedlings for $20 and that's a bargain price anywhere," Johns said.

Proceeds from the annual sale go to support the local Forestry Awareness Week Now (FAWN) program, a two-day hands-on forestry demonstration for Cullman city and county sixth-graders.

The Arbor Week Tree Sale is being held at the Alabama Forestry Commission Office on Sportsman Lake Road (behind the Cullman Senior Center).

For more information call 734-0573.

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