Tuesday, April 7th, 2020

Tree-dimensional Tacoma: Weeping Willow

Ron Swarner

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This week’s Tree-dimensional Tacoma tree is the weeping willow on North 49th near Winnifred Street in Ruston. Photo credit: Kate Swarner

Tree-dimensional Tacoma: Weeping Willow

“Some trees have a way of inspiring the imagination and the weeping willow on North 49th near Winnifred Street in Ruston is definitely one of those trees,” says Sarah Low, executive director of the Tacoma Tree Foundation. “The tree stands out from a distance because its canopy has been lovingly allowed to spread out a bit. When the wind blows the golden weeping branches sway to create an inviting space below the tree. It’s the stuff of fairy tales and children’s books. To be honest, I wanted to linger on the sidewalk under this tree for awhile, although I didn’t linger too long though because it is right in front of someone’s house.”

The weeping willow tree is Salix “Chrysocoma,” also called “Tristan,” a very popular tree in the nursery industry and widely planted throughout the country, and this week’s Tree-dimensional Tacoma, Peaks & Pints’ weekly Tacoma tree column. Inspired by our house beer, Kulshan Brewing Tree-dimensional IPA, Peaks & Pints branches out for a weekly look at terrific trees of Tacoma, in conjunction with our friends at Tacoma Tree Foundation.

“You can see other examples of weeping willows in Tacoma, though the one in Ruston is the most beautiful one that I have seen so far,” continues Low. “Like many plants, willows include a wide variety of species, cultivars, and hybrids with different growth habits and characteristics, so it’s important to do a little research and read the labels if you are thinking about adding one to your landscape. For now, wander over and take a look at this willow and keep your eyes open for other willows around you.”

After checking out the weeping willow in Ruston, fill a growler of Tree-dimensional IPA (6.8%) at Peaks & Pints. Kulshan Brewing collaborated with the Tacoma craft beer lodge on their house beer. Paying homage to the outdoor enthusiasts who join Peaks daily in Tacoma’s Proctor District, Tree-dimensional IPA is the perfect beer to toast the powder, currents or trails, as well as reveal the sprains. Tree-dimensional IPA, or Tree-D, continues Peaks & Pints’ love affair with old school piney IPAs, this time brewed with Simcoe, Idaho 7, CTZ, Centennial, and whole leaf Cascade in the hop back for all the pine, a little citrus, with a creamy mouthfeel and bitter finish. The Tree-D is in cans, too!

Tacoma Tree Foundation is dedicated to educating, empowering, and supporting community members in neighborhood-based greening. In other words, the Tacoma organization strives for a greener, healthier, more connected Tacoma — which plants well with Peaks and Pints. We will host TTF fundraisers during Tree-dimensional IPA’s reign as our house beer, which pours through October 2020.

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