The Weeping Beech Tree
The Weeping Beech Tree located in New York City is a type of European beech tree that was brought to the United States from Belgium and planted in 1847 by Samuel Browne Parsons. Parsons was a horticulturalists that lived in New York City. His son, Samuel Parsons Jr., later became the superintendent of New York City Parks. In 1998, the tree died of old age at the age of 151. At the time of its death, the tree was 60 ft tall with a canopy that stretched 80 ft across.
Backstory and Context
This weeping beech tree, once located in Weeping Beech Park, was the first weeping beech tree ever brought to the United States. It came to New York as a seedling from Belgium in 1847. It was planted in its current location by Samuel Browne Parsons. Parsons was a horticulturalists who aimed to further diversify the vegetation found in the United States.
In 1972, the tree was designated a New York City Landmark, protecting it as New York City expanded. Sadly, 26 years later, the tree died in 1998 of old age, making the tree 151 years old when it died. At its height, the tree stood 60 ft tall and had a canopy of branches and leaves that reached 80 ft in diameter.
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