Morgantown in Monongalia County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Liberty Island Tree
This tree is an offspring of a London plane tree growing on Liberty Island or nearby Ellis Island in New York Harbor. These islands are home to the Statue of Liberty and a famous immigrant processing facility.
France presented the Statue of Liberty and a number of London plane trees to America as a centennial gift. A century later, the F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Company collected specimens while pruning the old trees on both islands, then provided this tree to the Core Arboretum in 1987.
London plane trees (Platanmus x acerifolia) are hybrids of the American sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) and the oriental plane tree (Platamus orientalis). London plane trees, which may become quite large, are popular for planting in cities because of their ability to withstand air pollution, tree diseases, and heavy pruning.
Erected by West Virginia University Biology Department.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Horticulture & Forestry • Notable Places. A significant historical year for this entry is 1987.
Location. 39° 38.796′ N, 79° Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Morgantown WV 26505, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Guthrie Loop Area (within shouting distance of this marker); Core Arboretum (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Core Arboretum (within shouting distance of this marker); Dawn Redwood (within shouting distance of this marker); West Virginia University (within shouting distance of this marker); Veterans Memorial (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wagon Road (about 700 feet away); Sugar Maple (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Morgantown.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 11, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. This page has been viewed 78 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 11, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.