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Camperdown Elm in Prospect Park
Located near the boathouse in Prospect Park, this elm tree was planted in 1872 and is notable for growing horizontally rather than vertically, so that—as per the Prospect Park trees guide—"it resembles an oversized bonsai." The tree's branches are supported by a system of cables and it has been nursed back to health after suffering from pretty extreme decay, including having had ants and rats make homes for themselves in its trunk and suffering from an arboreal disease called "slime flux." The tree is the subject of a poem by Marianne Moore, the poem closes with the words "We must save it. It is our crowning curio." And we think that's how we should treat all humble, quirky Brooklyn landmarks—they are, after all, what distinguishes this borough and makes it special for visitors and residents alike.
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