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The Copper Beech

The Copper Beech

Jay Gordon has been a resident of San Mateo for over 30 years.

I grew up in New York City, and as a kid, Central Park was my backyard. It still is, only now it’s Central Park in San Mateo. I’ve lived here for 30 years. If I have an appointment or an errand to run downtown, I always try to stop by Central Park. I walk through the Japanese Garden, and check out my favorite tree. A lot of trees in the park have labels on them, but this one does not. This tree is just outside the entrance to the Japanese Garden. It turns a beautiful color in the fall and winter. A park gardener once told me that it’s a Copper Beech. He said they are not very common in this area. I took a few pictures, just to remember what it looks like in the winter. I looked for more information on the Copper Beech, and one website said it was a tree worth waiting for. I’ve been watching this one change colors for years, and yes, it’s worth the wait.