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By rough estimate, there could be 200 Japanese Cherry trees remaining of those planted in the 1960s and blooming now for half a century in the heart of Lexington Park, MD.

Despite their central location, most are hidden from casual view, lining roads no longer open to vehicles. The roads were built by the Navy and created Lexington Park. They were named for World War II battles in the Pacific, raging at the time. The starkly modern houses, for 1942 and 1943 St. Mary’s County, were immediately nicknamed “The Flattops.”

St. Mary’s Community Development Corp. wants to save the Japanese Cherry trees and also scores of much older hardwoods that date back to the original construction.

An arborist’s cursory estimate suggests about 75 percent of the cherry trees can be saved and that some of the much older hardwoods need immediate attention.

We’ve heard from a lot of folks who want to Adopt a Tree

In addition to the cherry trees are champion oaks and other hardwoods. A survey will establish each tree’s needs and adoptions will begin. If we can move quickly  we may be able to save 150 cherry trees, and perhaps halt the ongoing blight threatening the champion hardwoods.

A map/plaque will prominently recognize early builders of the roots of the project and ultimately identify each adopted tree. Please consider becoming a root-member of this effort to Save the Trees.

Click here to learn of ways to join this foundation effort or other ways to support St. Mary’s County Development Corp. and the cherry trees. E-mail: Call the CDC office at (301) 863-7700.  Please leave your name and contact number, we are lightly staffed.