7th Annual Tung Blossom 5K Run
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Hosted by the
First Baptist Church of Picayune
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After the run, be sure to enjoy the Picayune Street Fair
Picayune Main Street, Inc. Board of Directors voted to name the 1st Annual Tung
Blossom 5 K Run/Walk after the history of the Tung Nut Tree in Pearl River
From 1937-1969, the City of Picayune and County of Pearl River in South
Mississippi were known as the Tung Oil Center of the World with 60,000 acres of
Tung Trees planted.
The Tung Tree originated in China. The leaves on the tree are the shape of a
heart. Translation for tung in Chinese is heart. Fruit produced by the tree is
shaped like a ball with a very hard shell and is very poisonous. Beautiful
clusters of pink blossoms (see picture above) bloom in early Spring and the
fallen petals resemble snow on the ground below the trees. Lamont Rowlands
acquired tung seeds in 1928 and planted 6,000 acres in cut over pine land.
In 1935, L.O. Crosby, Sr. began crushing the oil from the tung nut for paint in
his Plants. By 1937, Tung Trees covered 60,000 acres in Pearl River County until
1969, when Hurricane Camille's devastating winds destroyed the trees and tung
nut industry. There still remain traces of the Tung Nut Trees throughout
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