New tree added to campus tree tour in memory of Linda Joyce Beck
This sturdy young (in 2012) tree has been accorded a place of honor on the down-slope leading to the pathway between Fairhaven College and the rest of campus.
This sturdy young (in 2012) tree has been accorded a place of honor on the down-slope leading to the pathway between Fairhaven College and the rest of campus. It complements two nearby works of outdoor campus art: “rock rings” and the “steam sculpture”.
The ruby horse-chestnut is a cross between the common horse-chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum, our tree HC) and the red buckeye (Aesculus Pavia). The latter is a small tree confined to the southeastern states, whereas the common horse-chestnut flourishes seemingly everywhere. The variety “Briotii” apparently arose spontaneously in the gardens of Versailles in the mid-19th century. It is smaller than Ae hippocastanum, in time reaching a height of perhaps 65 feet. Under favorable circumstances it celebrates the coming of spring with upright panicles of deep-red flowers to 10 inches in length. Part of Chestnut Avenue in Bellingham is lined by red horse-chestnuts, although whether or not they are “Briotii” is unknown to the author.
This particular tree was planted by the WWU Geology Department to honor Linda Joyce Beck, who died in 2011 of ovarian cancer. A bit of her beauty lives on in this tree. The tree will be added to Western's Tree Tour (http://www.wwu.edu/treetour/); to donate to the fund that maintains the tree tour, go to https://www.applyweb.com/public/contribute?wfwwu and stipulate "tree fund" in your gift.