The 70-foot spruce tree traditionally strung with lights during the holiday season has been removed from the Courthouse Square in Noblesville, but a longer-lasting variety is taking root in plenty of time for the 2017 celebration.
The Hamilton County Commissioners and special guest Steve Craig planted a 12-foot Norway Spruce on the south side of the Historic Courthouse on April 24. Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear also joined them for a brief ceremony commemorating the occasion.
Craig's family donated the Blue Spruce seedling that grew to become the centerpiece of the county's annual holiday display. But time and the 2012 drought took a toll, and it was removed this year at the recommendation of a local arborist.
Norway is the fastest-growing variety of spruce, adding as many as three feet per year as it reaches a height of 80 feet or taller.