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Shandon sugar maple a colorful sight to see

Columbia's Tree and Appearance Commission recently selected this year's Treasured Trees.

For the next several weeks, we'll spotlight some of the winners on the garden page of the Your Home section.

This week, we feature the sugar maple (Acer saccharum) at 3601 Monroe Street in the Shandon neighborhood of Columbia

This information about the trees is provided by the commission:

Each autumn people come from all over the neighborhood to look at the brilliant foliage this sugar maple displays. Thought to have been planted by the home's original owners, the Johnson family, the current owners, Anne Sinclair and Julian Ruffin, have had numerous photographers parade to their yard each year to take pictures of this "picture perfect" tree.

Sinclair has protected this sugar maple from the pruning efforts of the power company. This tree was nominated by Anne Sinclair and Claudia Brinson.

NOMINATE A TREE

Do you know of a tree you think is special? Nominate it as a Treasured Tree.

Applications are being accepted for 2010, and winners will be announced next fall.

Information: Columbia's Division of Forestry and Beautification, (803) 545-3860 or http://columbiasc.net/forestry.

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