The Town of Qualicum Beach to plant a Copper Beech tree to celebrate Qualicum Beach Garden Club’s 25th anniversary. (PQB News file photo)

Qualicum Beach to plant Cooper Beech tree on Memorial Avenue

Event to mark 25 years for garden club

The Town of Qualicum Beach will plant a large Copper Beech tree to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Qualicum Beach Garden Club later in the fall.

The intersection of Village Way and Memorial Avenue was chosen as the location to showcase the tree as a terminating vista from uptown Qualicum Beach. This land used to be paved roadway, which was removed during the reconfiguration of the intersection at Village Way and Memorial Avenue.

The tree will be planted during a more optimal time for planting. The town and the garden club will hold a ceremony for the dedication of the tree once it has been placed in the final location.

READ MORE: Large ‘problematic’ tree removed from Qualicum Beach golf course

The Copper Beech was selected for its beautiful copper-red colour in the fall, graceful arching branch tips and smooth grey bark that stands out in the winter landscape. It is low maintenance and thrives in a partial shade to full sun environment and is a superb specimen shade tree. It is also a large tree, capable of reaching heights of up to 50 metres tall.

“Memorial Avenue is now an amazing road and multi-use corridor that connects uptown Qualicum Beach to our waterfront, and this project will make it even better,” said Mayor Brian Wiese. “This Copper Beech tree will grow to become a magnificent local landmark on Memorial Avenue, and the town is thankful to the Qualicum Beach Garden Club for their initiative on this project.”

— NEWS Staff

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