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Prospect Park

 Great Trees

NameLocationNotesMore Details
Camperdown elmSouth of the Boathouse and east of the Lullwater bridgeThe camperdown elm at Prospect Park was a gift from Mr. A. Burgess in 1872 and was one of the first camperdown elms propagated in the United States. It is celebrated in a poem by the great Brooklyn poet Marianne Moore. The camperdown elm originated on the state of the Earl of Camperdown, near Dundee, Scotland and was introduced to the market in 1850.More Details
American HornbeamAcross from the camperdown elm where three trails intersect.The American hornbeam is located across from the camperdown elm in Prospect Park. It is a native species, known for its distinctive blue-grey limbs, wich are sinewy and smooth and twist and swell like muscular arms.More Details
Japanese PagodatreeBeside the camperdown elm south of the BoathouseNative to Eastern Asia, this tree was once planted at the graves of Japanese scholars. It is a successful street tree in cities because of its tolerance of soil compaction and temperature extremes. It has a delicate, feathery foliage with attractive clusters of white flowers that bloom early in the fall.More Details
English ElmAlong the west drive, north of the Garfield entranceThe English elm located along the west drive of Prospect Park, north of the Garfield entrance, has multiple trunks, and its notable form shows just how the imported species differs in shape from the more vase-shaped American elm.More Details

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