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Balboa Park receives new trees, lends juniper to new craft beer

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Posted at 2:16 PM, Apr 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-27 17:16:48-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Balboa Park is getting some new trees and, in turn, lending itself to a new brew.

Friends of Balboa Park planted about 27 new trees in Balboa Park Friday in celebration of Arbor Day. The trees were placed in the grove on Park Blvd. and Morley Field Dr., across from the San Diego Zoo.

The trees planted including six different varieties and are all perfect for San Diego's semi-arid climate.

"Friends is honored to have such strong support from our donors and corporate partners that enables us to continue making meaningful enhancements to the Park," John Bolthouse, Friends of Balboa Park executive director, said. "Balboa Park is already the jewel of San Diego, so being able to add more trees to the lush landscape is a great gift Friends and its supporters are thrilled to give the community."

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The tree varieties include Agonis flexuosa (peppermint willow), Cinnamomum camphora (camphor tree), Erythrina corralloides (naked coral tree), Ficus macrophylla (moreton bay fig tree), Bauhinia blakeana (Hong Kong orchid tree), and Podocarpus gracilior (fern pine.)

In addition to Balboa Park's new trees, some of the park's nature can be found in San Diego craft beer for a limited time.

Karl Strauss Brewing and Automatic Brewing have partnered with San Diego Urban Timber to offer their "Urban Arbor IPA." The collaboration is created with juniper sourced from Balboa Park.

The unique brew will be offered at all Karl Strauss locations, Blind Lady Ale House, Tiger! Tiger!, and Panama 66 until April 29 or while supplies last. Proceeds from sales of the beer will benefit Friends of Balboa Park.