With about six weeks remaining in Beaufort's 300th year, the city's Tree Board devoted much of its meeting Thursday to discussing ways it could contribute to one final celebration.
Although the board's final decision -- planting some trees by City Hall -- might seem predictable, the trees themselves figure to be anything but.
One option is the golden rain tree, which grows to about 150 feet and blossoms yellow flowers and purple seed pods in autumn. Board members also discussed the Chinese pistache, a smaller tree that turns a brilliant orange and yellow each fall.
Both trees are native to Asia but can be found throughout the Southeast.
Board chairwoman Barb Farrior said she'd like to pursue planting three trees -- one for each century of Beaufort's existence -- but that the ultimate decision would be contingent upon the cost.
The four board members also discussed the granite plaque that would accompany their gift and whether local elementary school students would participate in the festivities.
In other action, the Tree Board: