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Copper Beech Tree to be Dedicated at C.W. Post Community Arboretum in Honor of Brookville's 75th Anniversary

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Rita Langdon,Associate Provost and Director of Public Relations
C.W. Post Campus,
Long Island University
516-299-2334

A magnificent Rohan Copper Beech tree (Fagus sylvatica 'Rohanii') will be 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.

The planting of the Copper Beech on the highest part of the Great Lawn, overlooking where C.W. Post celebrates its Commencement each year, is symbolic of the University’s commitment to keeping Brookville beautiful. Located near a well-traveled walkway, this tree will be 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.

Invited guests will gather on the Great Lawn as Long Island University President David J. Steinberg unveils a plaque commemorating the day. Village of Brookville Mayor Richard P. Goodwin is expected to share a few words on behalf of the Village. Following the 2 p.m. ceremony, a reception will be held.

For more information, contact Jennifer Fitzpatrick at 516-299-3500.

Posted 03/19/2007

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