Autumn Purple White Ash on Linden Drive

Autumn Purple White Ash on Linden Drive

File ID: 5686

File name: tree_Purple_Ash06_1959.jpg

File type: D200 digital camera frame 1959

Caption: Students walk past an autumn purple white ash (Fraxinus americana 'Autumn Purple') growing near Linden Drive in front of the School of Human Ecology. This tree is a clone of the original Autumn Purple cultivar, which was discovered on this site by professor of horticulture G. William Longnecker in the 1950s. Longnecker noticed the tree's unique maroon-orange fall foliage and worked to propagate and distribute the cultivar across the country. The orginal tree, one of several historic trees on the UW-Madison campus, was cut down in the 1990s due to concern about decay.

Photo by: Michael Forster Rothbart

Date: 2006

Tagged as: Campus Natural AreasCampus WalkwaysFall / Autumn