The Webster Tree
is located between the Museum and the Glen Iris Inn. This following
information is provided by Tom Breslin, forester retired Letchworth
Park manager (and co-host of this website.)
is one of the oldest of the plantings that William Pryor Letchworth
encouraged and used to honor his special guests. Over the years
it has grown to unusually large proportions for its species and
has suffered much from climate, disease and insect problems.
The tree has the reputation of producing a large number of small
branches that tend to die and break off so it is often known
as a "dirty" tree, Nowadays it is not a species that
is recommended for landscape planting. The tree occurs in nature
over most of the eastern United States from the Gulf Coast to
Maine and west to Oklahoma. Before my arrival at the park it
had been treated by a tree surgeon and the large limbs were cabled
together to support each other. Large cavities that had decayed
in some of the large limbs were filled with concrete. After I
left the park severe winds had damaged the tree in spite of the
cable system and a large part of it was cut away in a valiant
effort to keep the tree alive because of its historical value.
Like many of the specimen trees in the area of Glen Iris their
age is against them."
So if you haven't
visited this living memory of the days of the Glen Iris Estate,
you should do so soon - its getting rather old!