Looking for an interesting gift for Dad on Father’s Day (the third Sunday in June)? Why not plant a tree in his honor?
You could take him to the plant nursery and help pick one out. Or surprise him with your choice of tree. A child without much of a budget could plant an inexpensive seedling.
Look for a long-lived species. Probably the longest lived is the ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba), which can easily live for 300 years, but there are dozens of others you could expect to live 80 years or more.
Make sure, too, the tree is adapted to local growing conditions: does it need sun or tolerate shade? Adapt to dry soils or moist ones, clay or sand, acid soils or alkaline ones, etc.? And consider hardiness too: it needs to be able to survive the winter in the region where you plant it.
A garden center employee could help you make an appropriate choice.
You don’t have room for a tree? Why not contact a local public garden, arboretum or park and see if you can’t sponsor a tree in Dad’s name? That way it will be taken care of practically ad infinitum and even if you move, the tree will remain accessible.
Plant a tree for Dad, an enduring symbol of your love and respect.