Copper Beech (Fagus sylvatica v. purpurea)
Resources and information about Portland State University Library’s historic tree
Portland State University Library’s curved façade encircles a towering copper beech tree planted in approximately 1890. The tree was designated as a City of Portland Heritage Tree in 1995 and an Oregon State Heritage Tree in 2022. This site collects information and resources about the history of the tree and the design of the Library.
Significant events in the life of the copper beech tree from its Park Avenue planting to its dedication as an Oregon State Heritage Tree in April 2022. [PDF]
Articles on the Beech Tree
“The Copper Beech: 100 Years of Urban Development,” by Jabriel Pierce, Sustainability at PSU, April 20, 2022 [Portland State University web page]
University Archives Documents
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Search the University Archives Digital Gallery for historic images of the copper beech and the library
More images of the beech tree from the 1940s to the present held by PSU Archives and the PSU Library [Google Drive]
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