New “Treaty Tree” Planted at Penn Treaty Park

Planting an ElmOn May 6th, an elm tree was planted at Penn Treaty Park. But this isn’t just any elm tree — this elm is descended from the original elm tree under which William Penn signed a peace treaty with the Native American Lenape clan in what is now Penn Treaty Park. That tree, know as the Treaty Elm, was destroyed in a storm in 1810, but seedlings from the fallen tree were rescued and donated to the University of Pennsylvania and Haverford College where they were nurtured and grew.

The purchase of the 15-year-old, 18-foot tall elm was funded by The Friends who partnered with Carol Wagner at the Haverford College Arboretum to bring the tree to the park.