“There are many who know and love this tree as do I,” Telewski said. “It is with great sadness that we make this decision, but it is one that we feel is critical to the future survival of this historically important tree and for the safety of all who visit Beal Botanical Garden.”
Every Spartan tree has a story, Telewski likes to say. This majestic tree was planted in 1954. It was received from Donald Wyman, then director of the Arnold Arboretum, and Milton Baron, then director of MSU’s campus park and planning. It is one of the original trees grown from seeds gathered during a joint expedition to China by the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, eminent Chinese professor Wan Chun Cheng and Hu Xiansu, founder of the Lushan Botanical Garden.