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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.[1] 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.

Magnolia grandiflora
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The magnolia in 2009.
Location679 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, New York City
Coordinates40°41′26″N 73°56′48″W / 40.6905°N 73.9467°W / 40.6905; -73.9467Coordinates: 40°41′26″N 73°56′48″W / 40.6905°N 73.9467°W / 40.6905; -73.9467
Governing bodyMagnolia Tree Earth Center
DesignatedMay 12, 1970
Magnolia grandiflora (Brooklyn) is located in New York City
Magnolia grandiflora (Brooklyn)
Location of Magnolia grandiflora in New York City

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.[1] After the tree was made as a landmark, Carthan founded Magnolia Tree Earth Center, a nonprofit focused on urban beautification and environmental awareness.[2] The center is housed in the brownstone adjacent to the tree.

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  1. ^ a b "Magnolia grandiflora, 679 Lafayette Avenue, Borough of Brooklyn, c. 1885" (PDF).
  2. ^ Wedderburn, Winton. "New Leadership at Bed Stuy's Magnolia Tree Earth Center". Brooklyn Food Coalition. Retrieved 29 October 2013.