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Duke's Magnolia Tree Is Finally Laid To Rest

Posted June 26, 2001 6:01 a.m. EDT

— A 63-year-old Magnolia tree at Duke Gardens in Durham was finally put to rest Tuesday.

In recent years, the tree has continued to produce white flowers in May and June and red seed pods in the fall, but the university's garden staff noticed a steady decline. Now, all its leaves are brown and many limbs have fallen off.

A few of the tree's branches will be saved, as well as the wood chips. The chips, like ashes, will be spread where the tree had stood.