Today's moment of tree

old weeping beech tree Washington Park

This tree stands in Washington Park, just off to the side of Moses and the tulip beds. The sign underneath it reads:

This tree is a senior citizen of Washington Park
Please respect and enjoy,
DO NOT -- PAINT, CLIMB, or INJURE
Thank you.
European Beech, fagus sylvatica 'pendula'

That "pendula" appended to Latin name marks the tree as a "weeping" cultivar of the European Beech. Remarks an old US Forest Service fact sheet describes of the cultivar: "It may be the most picturesque of all the weeping trees."

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On our family car trips using route 9 whenever we passed wheeping willow trees my mother told me the storybook fable about them.

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