European Origin, Species: Fagus sylvatica form pendula

This tree is located in front of the Racanelli Center, just beyond the “Cutleaf European Beech Tree”. This Weeping European Beech tree was identified by Dr. Richard Wilkens on October 20, 2008. It is also believed to have been mature when it was moved here. It is unclear at this time whether it was planted to adorn the first Idle Hour mansion in 1878, or the current mansion between 1900–1904. If you know anything about the history of this tree, please add your comments below.

Beech Tree
Weeping European Beech Tree - Summer 2007

Beech Tree Trunk
Weeping European Beech Tree Trunk

Detail Beech Tree Trunk
Detail Weeping European Beech Tree Trunk

Beech Tree Leaf
Weeping European Beech Tree Leaf

Looking Up Under Beech Tree
Looking Up Under the Weeping European Beech Tree

Beech Tree in Winter
Weeping European Beech Tree in Winter

Under the Beech Tree
Under the Weeping European Beech Tree

Liz Foy Casey ?16 April 2009, 16:20

This wonderful tree was literally a playground for local children. Under its boughs, we could play by the hour, hidden from parents and passersby. And the tree itself provided its own amusements. There was a long vertical branch, stripped of its leaves, that was called the firemen’s pole. Climbing high into the tree, a child could clamber on to the pole, wrap arms and legs around it, and take a breathless ride back down to the ground. A sturdy bough that bent at a ninety degree angle fairly close to the bottom of the tree, made a wonderful swing, often occupied by two or three children at a time. And, of course, the many hearts and initials carved into the bark of this forgiving tree are witness to the innocent first kisses of young teens. I’m so glad this tree still stands, though the fences around the college surely mean that it serves no longer as a child’s secret garden.

Do you have information to add? Then please contact Diane Holliday.

Last Modified on April 16, 2009, at 04:20 PM by Liz Foy Casey

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