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OSU's 'Trysting Tree' Honored

A tree on the Oregon State University campus with a reputation for romance is being honored as a state heritage tree.

The gray poplar was planted in 1982 from a cutting from the original tree known as the “trysting tree.” It was a meeting place for couples on campus going back almost to its origins as Oregon Agricultural College.

An OSU news release on the KVAL website ( ) says it was the lovers’ lane of its day and was said to have a magical effect on students — especially in the springtime.

It’s being recognized in a ceremony Friday for the Oregon Heritage Tree Program.

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