The favorite Weeping European beech of Hunter and Jason in March 2016

Name(s)

> Hunter and Jason

Tree species 

> Weeping European beech

Location

 > Near the Student Center that was torn down

Narrative

This weeping beech, by the old Student Center, is important for a variety of reasons. For nature and the environment it provides cover as well as food for small animals, bountiful nutrients for the soil and its many microorganisms, and it also cleans the air as it 'breathes'. All big trees hold these advantages for nature so what makes this tree so special? Well, honestly, it was the first tree to catch my eye my freshman year. There are hundreds, probably thousands of large trees on this campus, all around, but this tree is the most exquisite looking and aesthetically pleasing to me. From the trunk that's so short lived, before the tree branches, to the furthest small branches that drape the tree, this old, large tree allures you to take a closer look. That when the real magic happens, once you get close enough to the trunk you find yourself wrapped up inside the branches of the tree, disappearing in the foliage in broad daylight. This escape gives many a break during the spring and summer months when students and passersby alike take a moment to appreciate the tranquility that being surrounded by a blanket of living leaves, and (hopefully) friendly insects and small mammals.

Rainwater interception (gallons)

= 5128

Energy conservation (kWh)

= 109

CO2 reduction (pounds)

= 170

Overall annual benefits ($)

= 46

 

Photography

  1. The favorite Weeping European beech of Hunter and Jason in March 2016