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PSU plants tree to mark sustainability day

October 24, 2012 12:00AM

PSU grounds crew members Kerry Geier, Andrew Lance and Jason Manderscheid plant a new tree on the Oval Wednesday.

Members of the Pittsburg State University landscaping crew planted a tree on the university’s iconic Oval Wednesday. It is one of many they have planted or will plant this year, but it got special attention because he tree, an October Glory Maple, was planted as part of Campus Sustainability Day.

“This is a nice addition to the trees we have on the Oval,” said Cate Breneman, landscape architect and grounds/maintenance supervisor. “Over time, it will be a nice complement to the wide variety of trees that make the heart of the campus such a beautiful place.”

According to the Arbor Day Foundation, the October Glory Maple grows to more than 40 feet in height and has “glistening dark green leaves in spring and summer that turn radiant red in the late fall and last for several weeks.”

Breneman said she chose the location on the southeast side of the Oval to balance against a large oak tree on the northeast side. She chose the maple, she said, because it was one of a few that would thrive in an area that is irrigated.

Breneman said that although she and her crew have continually replace trees that have died because of storms, disease or age, choosing a tree for the Oval is a little different.

“The Oval is a special place,” Breneman said. “There’s a lot of history here.”

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