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Remnants Of Iconic Tree Removed At UNC Asheville

Updated: Monday, January 7 2013, 04:16 PM EST

It was a living landmark at UNC Asheville for nearly 50 years.

Friday morning, a familiar crabtree in front of the Ramsey library was methodically taken apart by a landscaping crew. Whipping winds on December 21st split the tree, which was already rotting internally.   

"It has broken many hearts to see that tree fall," said landscape director Melissa Acker. 

Over the years, it was a popular perch where students could study and socialize. It was also prominent at graduation ceremonies. There have even been marriage proposals beneath the tree.   

"We have heard from so many alumni," Acker says. "Their memories wrapped around that tree."   

Acker's unsure how the scraps collected will be used. The plan is to make something meaningful out of the remnants of an iconic tree that was so full of character.   

The other crabtree right next to it was also planted in 1964. Acker fears it's also susceptible to severe weather.

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Remnants Of Iconic Tree Removed At UNC Asheville

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