Magnolia grandiflora (Brooklyn)
The Magnolia grandiflora is a historic tree at 679 Lafayette Avenue in Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York City. The specimen is a rare example of a flourishing laurel magnolia growing as far north as New York, having been brought as a seedling from North Carolina and planted around 1885 by William Lemken. It is one of two trees that were made New York City designated landmarks; the other was the now-euthanized weeping beech in Flushing, Queens.
The magnolia in 2009.
|Location||679 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, New York City|
|Governing body||Magnolia Tree Earth Center|
|Designated||May 12, 1970|
Beginning in the 1950s, it was protected by Hattie Carthan, who enlisted neighborhood schoolchildren to help raise money to protect the tree, which was threatened by the construction of a parking lot. After the tree was made as a landmark, Carthan founded Magnolia Tree Earth Center, a nonprofit focused on urban beautification and environmental awareness. The center is housed in the brownstone adjacent to the tree.
- "Magnolia grandiflora, 679 Lafayette Avenue, Borough of Brooklyn, c. 1885" (PDF).
- Wedderburn, Winton. "New Leadership at Bed Stuy's Magnolia Tree Earth Center". Brooklyn Food Coalition. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
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