Copper Beech Tree Dedicated at C.W. Post Community Arboretum in Honor of Brookville's 75th Anniversary
Rita Langdon,Associate Provost and Director of Public Relations
C.W. Post Campus,
Long Island University
A magnificent Rohan Copper Beech tree (Fagus sylvatica 'Rohanii') was dedicated on the Great Lawn of the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University on April 22, 2007 in honor of the Village of Brookville’s 75th anniversary. The C.W. Post Campus is located in the Incorporated Village of Brookville, which was founded in 1931. The April 22 date was selected because it is Earth Day, a national celebration of environmental preservation.
During the celebration, the Mayor of Brookville, Richard P. Goodwin, said the tree symbolizes the outstanding relationship that the C.W. Post Campus has with its neighbors in Brookville. He referred to the new Copper Beech as “the relationship tree.”
Master of ceremonies, Dr. David J. Steinberg, president of Long Island University, reported that the Brookville Copper Beech was the first tree in a series of Copper Beeches that will be planted on a grassy knoll that overlooks C.W. Post’s expansive Great Lawn. The Campus plans to plant about five trees to form a grove within a two year period. Benches will also be added.
The president also announced that the C.W. Post Community Arboretum was recently expanded to include 12 additional species of trees and shrubs (all labeled with the tree name, Latin name, and in some cases horticultural information.) The arboretum now has 127 specimens. With these additions, the arboretum has expanded in size from 20 acres to 40 acres.
In commemoration of the 95th anniversary of girl scouting, the Girl Scouts of Nassau County is donating 95 Blue Spruce seedlings to the arboretum. They will be planted this spring and will augment the hundreds of trees growing in gardens and forests on the campus.
The planting of the Copper Beech in honor of the Village of Brookville is symbolic of the University’s commitment to keeping Brookville beautiful. Located near a well-traveled walkway, this tree is an outstanding addition to the C.W. Post Community Arboretum and will be enjoyed for many generations of students and arboretum visitors to come.
Copper Beech trees are considered the noblest of deciduous trees. Their graceful, majestic growth habit and wide spreading branches are easily recognizable even from far away. Because of their size and stature, Copper Beech trees have been used for centuries to create great landscapes on magnificent private estates, parks and arboreta in Europe and America. The Rohan Copper Beech offers added horticultural interest with its deep reddish maroon summer foliage that fades to coppery green with age. Currently the tree is 10 feet tall and 5 feet across. At maturity the majestic tree will reach more than 60 feet tall with a similar spread.
For more information, contact Jennifer Fitzpatrick at 516-299-3500.
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